Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit

The Kettle Moraine–Northern Unit is comprised of about 30,000 acres stretching 30 miles across Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, and Washington Counties. The forest is managed for multiple use, including recreation management, sustainable forest products, water quality and soil protection, terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, native biological diversity, and aesthetics.

Programs and Activities:

 Saturday, September 30, 2017

Nature’s Recyclers Autumn Drop In Program

Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee)

Nature has been recycling for millions of years. Learn what organisms help recycle all the dead stuff of nature. It’s sure to be a creepy crawly experience! Drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour for some nature fun. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Trees of Many Colors Nature Storytime

Time:  9:30-10:30 am.

Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee)

Red, orange, and yellow leaves twirling in the wind are a sure sign of autumn. Discover why our tall, tall trees lose their leaves before winter. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Nature Up Close Autumn Drop In Program

Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee)

Gain a new perspective by taking a closer look at nature using a variety of magnifying tools and techniques. You’ll be astonished by what we encounter. Bring your camera to capture your unique finds. Drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour for some nature fun. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

An Evening with Nature

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm

Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee)

This program is most appropriate for people more than 10 years old.

 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Winged Mammals: Bats Autumn Drop In

Time:  11:00 am-2:00 pm (Saturday)

Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee)

Steeped in myth, bats often get an undeserved bad rap. Uncover some truly astounding facts about bats and maybe gain a new appreciation for them. Drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour for some nature fun. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children.

 

 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Pee-yew Skunk! Nature Storytime

Time:  9:30-10:30 am

Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee)

What’s black and white and smells all over? A skunk! Join us as we discover some cool truths about skunks. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Halloween Nature Hikes

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

October 20 and 21, 6:30-9:30 pm (Friday and Saturday)

Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Beach (located off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect)

Watch Out! The spineless wonders of nature are creeping along the trails waiting to tell their tales. Join us for a fun-filled stroll through the dark autumn woods to meet some fascinating characters including the mighty dragonfly, invading crayfish, wriggly worm, and stealthy preying mantis. This is not a scary hike and is best for those more than five years of age. Groups leave every six minutes. The last hour-long hike leaves at 8:30 pm. While waiting for your hike, enjoy playing fun-filled games, making a craft to take home, or snacking by the glow of a campfire. In the event of severe weather, the event will be canceled for that night.

 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Halloween Nature Hikes

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

Time: 6:30-9:30 pm

Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Beach (located off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect)

Watch Out! The spineless wonders of nature are creeping along the trails waiting to tell their tales. Join us for a fun-filled stroll through the dark autumn woods to meet some fascinating characters including the mighty dragonfly, invading crayfish, wriggly worm, and stealthy preying mantis. This is not a scary hike and is best for those more than five years of age. Groups leave every six minutes. The last hour-long hike leaves at 8:30 pm. While waiting for your hike, enjoy playing fun-filled games, making a craft to take home, or snacking by the glow of a campfire. In the event of severe weather, the event will be canceled for that night.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Animals of the Night Exploring Nature Program

Time: 12:30-2:00 pm

Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee)

Whooo’s awake during the hours of darkness? Join us as we delve into the world of nocturnal animals. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Flying V’s Nature Storytime

Time:  9:30-10:30 am

Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee)

What’s that flying V in the sky? Is it a plane? No, it’s a flock of geese! Learn about these noisy big birds as they fly south for the winter. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Gottfried Arboretum’s Create a Winter Wreath

Time:  Session 1: 1:00-3:30 pm OR Session 2: 6:00-8:30 pm

Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee)

 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Getting Ready for Winter Exploring Nature Program

Time: 12:30-2:00 pm

Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee)

The chill of winter is in the air. Uncover how the world of nature prepares for the hardships of the season. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Time: Session 3: 1:00-3:30 pm OR Session 4: 6:00-8:30 pm

Lakeside Park Pavilion (located in Lakeside Park, Fond du Lac)

Using a variety of natural materials, create a beautiful evergreen wreath and swag that will enhance your home’s winter decor. To register for a session, call (920) 940-8869 or email wiscotmcd@hotmail.com by November 8. Space is limited. This program is best for people more than 12 years old. Cost: $20.00/person; fee payable to the Gottfried Arboretum.

 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Gobbling Turkeys Nature Storytime

Time: 9:30-10:30 am

Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee)

Let’s talk turkey! Come in and strut your stuff as we learn about the wild turkey – our big, beautiful woodland bird. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Gifts with a Natural Touch Exploring Nature Program

Time:  December 9, 10:00 am-12:00 pm OR 12:30-2:30 pm (Saturday)

Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee)

Use inspirations and materials from nature to make several crafts including nature print cards, sun catchers and mini winter wreaths. To register call (920) 533-8322 by December 8 to ensure that we have plenty of supplies. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

An Evening with Nature

TBD

Time:  7:00-8:30 pm

Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee)

This program is most appropriate for people more than 10 years old.

 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Clever Crows Nature Storytime

Time:  9:30-10:30 am

Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee)

Crows are big, black birds that are always making noise. We’ll try to figure out what these clever crows may be talking about. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Winter Solstice Night Hike

Time:  6:30-8:00 pm

Zillmer Trails Area (located off County Road SS between County Road G and Hwy 67 near New Prospect)

Gather around the fire as we share some traditions of the longest night of the year. We will then travel through the dark woods to discover what animals are awake and braving the cold of a winter night. This program is best for families with children more than 6 years old.