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

 

Wild Gobblers Exploring Nature Program

November 9, 10:00-11:30 am (Saturday)

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

What’s our state’s largest woodland bird? The wild turkey! After discovering all the incredible adaptations of turkeys, you’ll understand why Ben Franklin suggested that the turkey might be a better national bird than the bald eagle. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

 

Thousand-Miler

An Evening with Nature Program

November 12, 7:30-9:00 pm (Tuesday)

Turning Rivers Camp (located off Youth Camp Road between County Road G and County Road S near New Fane)

Presenter: Melanie Radzicki McManus, Thousand-Miler and Author

Millions of people take to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail every year, but only a few intrepid hikers become Thousand-Milers, those who travel the full 1000-mile route. Join McManus as she shares tales of her incredible adventures of hiking the entire Ice Age Trail. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 12 years.

 

Gottfried Arboretum’s

Create a Winter Wreath

November 14 (Thursday)

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

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

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

 

Oh Deer! Nature Storytime

November 15, 9:30-10:30 am (Friday)

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

Deer are one of Wisconsin’s largest wild animals. Find out incredible facts about these handsome woodland creatures. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Chick-a-dee-dee-dee Nature Storytime

December 6, 9:30-10:30 am (Friday)

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

Always bright-eyed and full of energy, chickadees add a cheery note to any winter day. You’ll be amazed by the lives these tiny birds lead. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

That Tree – An Unintended Adventure

Evening with Nature

December 12, 7:00-8:30 pm (Thursday)

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

Presenter: Mark Hirsch, Author,

While recovering from a near fatal car accident, Mark Hirsch became motivated to embark on a unique adventure. He took a photo a day of a lone bur oak tree in a Wisconsin cornfield. Find out how spending time with “That Tree” provided him with a transformative and therapeutic journey of self-discovery, inspiration, and enlightenment. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 10 years.

 

Gifts from the Heart of Nature Exploring Nature Program

December 14, 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)

Why not create a gift using materials from nature? We will make several crafts from ornaments and sun catchers to pressed flower note cards. Space is limited. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years. To ensure plenty of supplies, call (920) 533-8322 by December 12.

 

Forever Green Nature Storytime

December 20, 9:30-10:30 am (Friday)

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

Forever green are the evergreens. Join us as we investigate these truly remarkable trees. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Winter Solstice Night Hike

December 20, 7:00-8:30 pm (Friday)

Zillmer Trail Shelter (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.