Cakes at the Lake sponsored by the Long Lake Preservation Association, is a family-friendly pancake breakfast followed by a nature program. See below for the dates and topics of the presentations.

Breakfast Price:

$5/child (ages 4-12 years old)
Free for children ages 3 & under

Registration is not required.

Breakfast includes all-you-care-to-eat plain and specialty pancakes, fresh fruit salad, sausage links, and your choice of beverage: orange juice, milk, water, or coffee.


Breakfast served: 8:00 am to 9:45 am

Nature program: 10:00 am at the Richard Grand Recreation Hall. The program will end by 11:00 am with some time for Questions and Answers at the end.

Program is free to attend.

Feel free to stick around afterwards to hike the trails or play on the playscape!

Sounds of Nature with Sage Dunham

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2023

Ribbit! Squeak! Chirp! Nature is filled with lots of sounds of different animals like frogs, bats, and birds. Explore these sounds and learn to identify some common nature sounds with Sage Dunham, Group Coordinator at Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary. During this program you will learn ways to easily remember bird songs, join in a frog chorus, and listen like a bat. By the end of the program, you will understand how people like you can become Citizen Scientists and use these sounds to help study these animals.

Lovely Loons with Dr. Lauren Wentz

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2023

Join Dr. Lauren Wentz as she share insights into the ecology and behavior of loons, including their vocalizations, and the importance of these iconic birds in Northwoods ecosystems.

Dr. Lauren Wentz, Professor of Biology at the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County, has studied loons and their behavior for more than 30 years, with field studies in northern Wisconsin, the U.P. of Michigan, and southcentral Alaska. Her particular expertise is in the analysis of bird sounds (bioacoustics), but she has a passion for understanding the ecological landscapes in which birds vocalize.

Nature’s Calendar: Moving Through July with Larry Weber

Date: Saturday, July 8, 2023

The thirty-one days of July offer continuous observations of Nature. Join Larry Weber, author of Backyard Almanac: A 365-Day Guide to Your Northern Backyard, to look at the phenological changes with the local flora and fauna as we progress from the Summer Solstice of June and delve into mid-summer. Besides being hot, these days are full of interesting happenings right in our own backyards.

Larry Weber is a retired science teacher and an author of many different nature books, including Butterflies of the Northwoods, Fascinating Fungi of the North Woods, Spiders of the Northwoods, A Guide to Webwatching, and In a Patch of Goldenrods. He also writes a weekly Nature Column for the Duluth News Tribune and has two weekly Phenology Radio Programs. He lives on a forested former farm in Carlton County, MN where he takes daily walks; watching critters and the seasonal changes.

Treasures of the Secret Fen with Emily Stone

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2023

Cross the moat to discover carnivorous plants, devious orchids, shimmering dragonflies, buried treasure, ripening jewels, and a floating floor. It sounds like fantasy, but it’s all science!

Join Cable Natural History Museum naturalist, Emily Stone, as she gives a virtual tour of the botany, chemistry, ecology, and mysterious depths of a special local wetland.

Raptors of the Great Lakes Region with Chris Cold

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023

Listen to Chris Cold share about the raptors of the Great Lakes Region. He will dive into identification of hawks, owls, osprey and eagles, and will explain the behavioral habits, habitats and particular roles (niches) of raptors.

Chris Cold is a retired wildlife technician and educator for the WI DNR. He is also a licensed falconer and former bird bander. He will be bringing live birds to this program!