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, May 26, 2018

Topography Turned Upside Down

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Geology
Location: Kettle Moraine SF – Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Find out from Scott Spoolman, author of Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History, how the glaciers of the last Ice Age left us with a landscape that’s turned upside down. This includes river bed hills, ice chunks holes, and many other fascinating landforms, which are all found in the Kettle Moraine area. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 8 years old. Location: Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee).

 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Children’s program, Drop-in Program, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF – Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

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. Everyone is invited to drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour for some nature fun. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children. Location: Long Lake Recreation Area South Beach (located off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee).

 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Children’s program, Indoor activity, Story time
Location: Kettle Moraine SF – Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Little ducks, big ducks, colorful ducks, drab ducks, diving ducks, dabbling ducks… There are so many dandy ducks! Wade with us through the wonderful world of ducks. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. Location: Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee).

 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Fading into Darkness Night Hike

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF – Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

As the sun sets and the light fades from the sky, the day animals retire and a new group of animals awakens. Bring your bug spray and sense of adventure as we listen for all those night sounds. This night hike is for families/groups with children at least 5 years old. Location: Long Lake Recreation Area Picnic Shelter (located off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee).

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children’s program, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Kettle Moraine SF – Northern Unit

Calling all youth to discover secrets of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program! The program involves completing a required number of engaging nature activities in one of three age appropriate books (ages 3-5, ages 6-8, and ages 9+) to earn a very cool patch. Get help from a naturalist who will work with youth on activities from one of the first four topic areas of the books. Locations: Picnic Shelters at Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (located off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect) and Long Lake Recreation Area (located off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee).

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Nature Sensations

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Activities: Children’s program, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF – Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Join us as we use all our senses to decipher the secrets of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program! This program involves completing a required number of engaging nature activities in one of three age appropriate books (ages 3-5, ages 6-8, and ages 9+) to earn a very cool patch. This hour of discovery is geared towards special needs youth with accompanying adults. Location: Long Lake Recreation Area South Beach (located off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee).

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Our Amazing Atmosphere: Summer Saturday Evening Event

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Indoor activity, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF – Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Paul Lupton, PhD, will guide us through a visual and interactive program exploring the wonder, beauty and importance of our earth’s atmosphere with eye catching demonstrations and displays. Enjoy the cloud in a jar, frontal weather simulator, striking cloud pictures, and shrink wrap a kid demo. You will leave with a new understanding and appreciation of our amazing life-giving atmosphere. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 8 years old. Location: Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee).

 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Get Outdoors! Go. . . Learn to Geocache

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Activities: Geocache, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF – Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Learn the basic skills of geocaching, so you can join the fun in hunting for all those hidden “treasures.” This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 8 years old. Location: Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee).

Cache Quest

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Geocache, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF – Northern Unit

A Wisconsin Geocaching Event! Use your geocaching and riddle solving skills to complete three Harry Potter themed quests. Special prizes awarded to the teams that finish all three quests the quickest. Teams can register at any of the three locations. The Cache Quest is open to all ages. Learn to geocache lessons provided at 10 a.m.at the Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee). No State Park System vehicle admission sticker required, since it is Free Fun Weekend. Locations: Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (located off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect), Zillmer Trail Area (located off County Road SS between County Road G and Hwy 67 near New Prospect), and New Fane Trail Area (located off County Line Road east of Kettle Moraine Drive near New Fane).

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Ice Age Trail Trekkers

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF – Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Join us for an energizing 2.13-mile morning hike along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail between County Road GGG and County Road S. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spot. Location: Ice Age Trail crossing on County Road S by St. Matthias Church (located southwest of County Road GGG near New Fane).

 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Saturday Morning Secret Finders

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children’s program, Nature study, Outdoor skills
Location: Kettle Moraine SF – Northern Unit

Calling all youth to discover secrets of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program! The program involves completing a required number of engaging nature activities in one of three age appropriate books (ages 3-5, ages 6-8, and ages 9+) to earn a very cool patch. Get help from a naturalist who will work with youth on activities from one of the first four topic areas of the books. Locations: Picnic Shelters at Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (located off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect) and Long Lake Recreation Area (located off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee).

 

Alien Attack: Drop In at the Beach

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children’s program, Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF – Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

We’re being invaded not by outer space aliens, but by alien plants and animals. Uncover what foreign species are taking over our native communities and what can be done to help control their spread. You will have a chance to make several unique crafts including a smashed-plant bandanna. Bring your own bandanna or purchase one that day for a small fee. Everyone is invited to drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour for some nature fun. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children. Location: Long Lake Recreation Area South Beach (located off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee).

 

Wriggling Worm Invaders: Summer Saturday Evening Event

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Indoor activity, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF – Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Worms: great fish bait, wonderful garden soil aerators, but not native to Wisconsin? With Jodie Ellis, DNR Forest Health Educator, unearth amazing facts about worm biology and why no indigenous earthworms live here. Learn how these legless creatures impact the health of our state’s plant communities, especially forests. Be prepared to head outside for a fun-filled scientific worm investigation. This program is most appropriate for people over of 8 years old. Location: Ice Age Visitor Center (Located off Hwy 67 about a half mile west of Dundee).

 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

 Alien Attack: Drop In at the Beach

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children’s program, Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF – Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

We’re being invaded not by outer space aliens, but by alien plants and animals. Uncover what foreign species are taking over our native communities and what can be done to help control their spread. You will have a chance to make several unique crafts including a smashed-plant bandanna. Bring your own bandanna or purchase one that day for a small fee. Everyone is invited to drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour for some nature fun. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children. Location: Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Beach (located off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect).