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:

 

Thursday, January 10

Managing Wildlife in Your Yard

Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

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

Presenter: David Drake, Extension Wildlife Specialist and Professor, UW-Madison

About 85 percent of Americans live in an urban environment, and increasingly, wildlife are sharing the same areas with us. Find out ways to create, enhance, and manage wildlife habitat in your yard, neighborhood, and community to attract beneficial wildlife and discourage wildlife that cause problems. Creating habitat in your yard helps native wildlife and plant species, increases your property value, improves human health, and beautifies your surroundings. This program is best for people over the age of 10 years old.January 12

 

Saturday, January 12

Get Outdoors! Learn to Snowshoe

, 10:00-11:45 a.m. OR 12:30-2:15 p.m.

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

Learn how easy it is to snowshoe and then get outside to enjoy the wonders of our beautiful snow-covered forest. Snowshoes provided for those who do not have any. This program is best for people older than 8 years. To register, call (920) 533-8322 by January 10.

Friday, January 18

Whooo’s Awake? Owls! Nature Storytime

Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

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

Listen! Whoo, whoo, who, who, who! The owls are awake while we sleep. Discover remarkable facts about these nighttime hunters. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

Saturday, January 12

Get Outdoors! Learn to Ice Fish

Time:  10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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

Learn the tricks of winter fishing with experienced ice anglers. We will start inside the Mauthe Lake picnic shelter for a presentation on safety tips and appropriate gear and tackle. Then it’s off to Mauthe Lake to try our best at luring those fish out of the water. Equipment, tackle, and bait will be provided. This program is best for people over 6 years old. Special surprises await all who pre-register. To register, call (920) 533-8322 by January 18. No fishing licenses required, since it is Free Fishing Weekend.

Friday, February 1

Wake Up Groundhog! Nature Storytime

Time:  9:30-10:30 a.m.

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

Learn if groundhogs can really predict the coming of spring and other tidbits about their lives. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Saturday, February 2

Candlelight Ski/Hike

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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

Cross-country ski or hike in the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit by candlelight. At the bonfire join fellow hikers and skiers for hot drinks and snacks provided by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine. The trail is perfect for novice skiers with no steep hills or sharp turns. The Zillmer shelter building will be open, lit, and heated.

 

Winter Star Gazing

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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

Look through a telescope or binoculars to bring into focus the wonders of the night sky. With the help of knowledgeable night sky observers from the Northern Cross Science Foundation, spy distant planets, dumb-bell nebulas, globular clusters, and so much more. The program will be held only if the skies are clear. This program is best for anyone more than 8 years old. Drop in any time and stay as long as you like.

 

Saturday, February 9

Stories in the Snow: Tracking Exploring Nature Program

Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.

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

By just looking at a track, we can figure out what animal passed through the area. Master some of the tricks of tracking animals in winter and figure out the stories of their snowy adventures. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

 

Thursday, February 14

Lightning, Thunder, Hail and Tornadoes:  Why We Have Severe Weather

Evening with Nature Program

Time:  7:00-8:30 p.m.

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

Presenter: James A. Brey, Ph.D., Senior Science Consultant, American Meteorological Society Education Program

Lightning, thunder, hail, tornadoes oh my! Join Dr. Brey as he explains the reasons why we experience severe weather and provides tips on how to stay safe when it strikes. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy hot beverages and Valentine treats before the presentation. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 10 years old.

Friday, February 15

Whose Tracks are These? Nature Storytime

Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

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

Come explore with us the woods and fields for animal tracks. We’ll even figure out a few tricks to determine whose tracks they are. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Tuesday, February 19

Full Moon Walk

Time:  6:00-7:30 p.m.

Forest Headquarters (located off County Road G south of County Road SS near New Prospect)

Traverse the two-mile trail around Mauthe Lake under the light of a full moon. Dress for the weather including snow boots. This walk is best for people over the age of 8 years old.

 

Friday March 1

Loud-mouth Jays Nature Storytime

9:30-10:30 a.m.

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

Screech! Chatter, chatter! The blue jays announce their presence to the world. Help us to decipher what the jays are trying to say. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Bugling Cranes Exploring Nature Program

March 9, 10:00-11:30 a.m. (Saturday)

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

With loud bugling calls, sandhill cranes announce their arrival back to Wisconsin in late winter. Discover many fascinating facts about these large ancient birds. This program is best for people over the age of 8 years old.

 

Aerial Insectivores of Wisconsin

Evening with Nature Program

March 14, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Thursday)

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

Presenter: William Mueller, Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

Mueller will provide a view into the world of “aerial insectivores,” the birds that capture their insect prey in flight, by exploring their ecology, population changes, and conservation. This group of birds is experiencing major population declines. He’ll discuss the factors involved, and how citizens can respond. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 10 years old.

Rat-a-tat-tat, Who’s There? Woodpeckers Nature Storytime

March 15, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Friday)

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

Why do woodpeckers peck trees? What are they looking for? We’ll find out the answers to these questions and a lot more about woodpeckers. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

April Showers Nature Storytime

April 5, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Friday)

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

Drip, drop, pitter-pat. April showers fall to the ground. We’ll find out just how these rains help awaken the spring flowers. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

Solving the Mysteries of Hibernation

Evening with Nature Program

April 11, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Thursday)

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

Presenter: Hannah V. Carey, Ph.D. , Professor of Comparative Biosciences and Director of Biotron

Laboratory, UW-Madison

Many animals just spent the winter hibernating to avoid the season’s hardships. Join Dr. Carey as she explains the mysteries of hibernation and the new discoveries made by scientists. She will share how these findings may benefit humans. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 10 years old.

Upscaled Art Exploring Nature Program

April 13, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Saturday)

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

Don’t throw that away! It can be turned into a work of art! Come create inner tube rubber stamps, paper bead necklaces, and other unique projects from throw away materials. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years. To register, call (920) 533-8322 by April 12.

 

Shhhh! Listen Nature Storytime

April 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Friday)

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

It’s amazing what we can discover when we are quiet and listen. Join us for a listening walk through the fields and forest. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Spring Symphony Night Hike

April 26, 7:30-9:00 p.m. (Friday)

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

Nature awakens from its long winter slumber with a symphony of sound. Journey through the darkening spring woods to locate the members of the spring choir. This hike is most appropriate for adults and children over the age of 6 years.

 

Earth Week Litter Pick Up

Sponsored by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine

April 27, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Saturday)

Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive

(Meet at the Forest Headquarters off County Road G south of County Road SS near New Prospect)

Help give the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive and other forest locations a spring cleaning. Join others for a morning of camaraderie and litter pick up. Youth and other groups are encouraged to participate. Bring your own gloves. Garbage bags will be provided. Meet at the Forest Headquarters off County Road G to get your road assignment. After cleaning up, return to the Headquarters for snacks and refreshments. To register groups, call (262) 626-2116.