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:

 

“Tree”mendous Trees Fall Drop In

October 13, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Saturday)

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

Stop in to find out how the “tree”mendous trees touch almost all parts of our lives. 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.

 

Dam Builders Nature Storytime

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

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

Timber!!  Another tree crashes to the ground. Nature’s dam builders, beavers, are hard at work. Investigate what “equipment” beavers possess to do their jobs so well. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Halloween Nature Hikes

October 19 and 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)

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

Let’s go for four on the floor! Stroll the dark autumn woods to meet those animals with four feet on the ground including a swift-footed whitetail deer, an ancient snapping turtle, a secretive spotted salamander, and a quick-digging star-nosed mole. This is not a scary hike and is best for those over 5 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.

 

Myth Busters Exploring Nature Program

October 27, 10:00-11:30 a.m. (Saturday)

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

Do bats fly into your hair? Can owls turn their heads completely around? Are warts caused by toads? Let’s bust these nature myths and more! This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

 

Hop Away Rabbit Nature Storytime

November 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Friday)

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

A fox is coming!  Hop away rabbit, hop away home!  We’ll explore the world of rabbits to learn how they live in the wild. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Gottfried Arboretum’s

Create a Winter Wreath

November 8 (Thursday)

1:00-3:30 p.m. OR 6:00-8:30 p.m.

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 (leave a message) or email wiscotmcd@hotmail.com by November 6. Space is limited. This program is best for people over 12 years old. Cost: $20.00/person; fee payable to the Gottfried Arboretum.

 

CSI – Northern Unit Exploring Nature Program

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

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

Become a nature detective!  By examining scat, bones, and other evidence, we will figure out what animals were involved and determine what happened in a variety of nature “crime scenes.” This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

 

Stocking Up for Winter Nature Storytime

November 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Friday)

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

The days are growing shorter and the temperature is dropping. Come learn what some animals stock up to get through the hardships of winter. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Birds at My Feeder Nature Storytime

December 7, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Friday)

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

Even on the coldest days of winter, a bird feeder can be a flurry of activity. Discover what birds may visit your feeder and what they like to eat. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Nature Crafts Exploring Nature Program

December 8, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 pm OR 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Saturday)

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

Let your creativity flow!  Using supplies found in nature, we will create a variety of crafts including flower magnets, nature candles, and evergreen wrapping paper. To ensure plenty of supplies, call (920) 533-8322 by December 7. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

 

How Small Birds Survive Winter’s Weather

An Evening with Nature Program

December 13, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Thursday)

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

Presenter: Sheldon Copper, Ph.D., Professor at UW-Oshkosh

With sub-zero temperatures and howling winds, how do the small birds survive? With Dr. Cooper, uncover their amazing adaptations for surviving winter’s harsh weather. This program is most appropriate for people over 10 years old.

 

Look!  Look Again! Nature Storytime

December 21, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Friday)

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

Sometimes it takes a double look to see an animal standing right in front of us. Uncover how creatures of all kinds use camouflage to survive. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Winter Solstice Night Hike

December 21, 6:30-8:00 p.m. (Friday)

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

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