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

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Water Life Exploring Nature Program

Time:  10:00-11:30 am

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

Armed with nets, buckets, and hand lenses explore the shores of Mauthe Lake. We may encounter backswimmers, striders, and tadpoles. Be prepared to get your feet wet. Wear old tennis shoes for trudging in the mud. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

Ice Age Trekkers

May 24, 6:00-7:15 pm (Wednesday)

Meet at the Greenbush Group Camp (located off Kettle Moraine Drive between County Road T and Hwy 67 near Greenbush)

Join us for a relaxing 2.1-mile evening hike along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail between the Greenbush Group Camp and Hwy 67. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spot.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Journey into Darkness Night Hike

Time:  8:30-10:00 pm

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

As the sun sets and the light fades from the sky, the day animals retire and a new group of animals awakens. We will explore the darkening world for sounds of the night. Bring your bug spray and sense of adventure. This night hike is best for families/groups with children at least 5 years old.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saturday Morning Nature Sleuths

Time: 10:00-11:00 am

Picnic Shelters at Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (located off County Road GGG south of County Rd SS near New Prospect) and Long Lake Recreation Area (located off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee)

Calling all youth to unravel the mysteries 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.

 

Birds of a Feather Drop In at the Beach

Time:  1:00-4:00 pm (Saturday)

Long Lake Recreation Area South Beach (located off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee)

 

Have you ever dreamed of flying like a bird? Drop in to learn about the unique adaptations birds possess that help them to fly and survive in a great variety of habitats. 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.

Night Fliers: Bats

Summer Saturday Evening Event

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm

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

Bats are often shrouded in mystery and misunderstandings. Join Barbara and Ken Bowman of Bat Conservation of Wisconsin as they unravel the mysteries and share fascinating facts about these night-time flying mammals and the hazards they face. You may get to meet a live bat up close. This program is best for people over 8 years old.

 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Birds of a Feather Drop In at the Beach

Time:   12:00-3:00 pm (Sunday)

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

Have you ever dreamed of flying like a bird? Drop in to learn about the unique adaptations birds possess that help them to fly and survive in a great variety of habitats. 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.

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wiggling Worms Nature Storytime

Time: 6:00-7:00 pm

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

What has no legs, lives underground, and eats dirt? You guessed it – a worm! Unearth the details about the secret lives of these wiggling critters. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Wiggling Worms Nature Storytime

Time: 9:30-10:30 am

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

What has no legs, lives underground, and eats dirt? You guessed it – a worm! Unearth the details about the secret lives of these wiggling critters. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

Journey into Darkness Night Hike

Time:  8:30-10:15 pm

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

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 solve the mysteries of the night lights. This night hike is best for families/groups with children at least 5 years old.

 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Fish Fest

Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Long Lake Recreation Area Picnic Shelter (located off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee)

Let the fishing fun begin! Learn how to fish at the Learn to Fish Rodeo or sign up for a Learn to Fly Fish session. Marvel at the unique adaptations of fish. Create your own fish print T-shirt or bandana. Take in a fish cooking demonstration and find out ways to impede the spread of aquatic exotics. Even drop a line in the water to try to catch a fish or two. Fishing equipment provided. To register for learn to fly fishing, call (920) 533-8322 by June 1. No fishing license needed, since it is Free Fishing Weekend, and no admission sticker required as it is Wisconsin State Park System’s Open House Weekend.

 

Saturday Morning Nature Sleuths

Time:  10:00-11:00 am

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)

Calling all youth to unravel the mysteries 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.

 

Nature Sensations

Time:  11:30 am-12:30 pm

Long Lake Recreation Area South Beach (located off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee)

Join us as we use all our senses to decipher the mysteries 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.

 

Bring Back the Pollinators

Summer Saturday Evening Event

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

Time:  7:00-8:30 pm

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

Did you know native pollinators are essential for worldwide food production?  In some cases, wild pollinators improve fruit set of plants at twice the rate of honey bees. But native pollinators face serious declines with some on the brink of extinction. Whether you are a gardener, farmer, beekeeper, or just interested, join Carrie Caselton-Lowe, an ecologist and organic farmer, to find out ways to help bring back the pollinators. Plan to make and take home a simple bee nest to start building pollinator habitat in your yard and community. This program is best for people over 8 years old.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Cache Quest

A Wisconsin Geocaching Event

Time:  9:00 am-3:00 pm

Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (located off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect), Long Lake Recreation Area (located off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee), and Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee)

Use your geocaching and riddle solving skills to complete three quests to rescue the Glacier King, Water Queen, and Forest Prince. 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 9:00 am and 12:00 pm at the Ice Age Visitor Center. No vehicle admission sticker required, since it is Wisconsin State Park System’s Open House Weekend.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Ice Age Trekkers

Time:  7:00-8:15 am

Meet at the County Road U Ice Age Trail Crossing (located east of the Parnell Tower parking lot located between County Road A and Hwy 67 near Parnell)

Join us for a revitalizing 2.56-mile morning hike along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail between Hwy 67 and County Road U. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spot.

 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Journey to Spruce Lake Bog Evening Exploration

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee) and Spruce Lake Bog

Bogs are very special communities with a lot of uncommon plants and animals. Explore Spruce Lake Bog, a National Natural Landmark, for carnivorous plants, “bouncing soils,” and rare flowers. Wear old shoes in case you get your feet wet. We will meet at the Ice Age Visitor Center and then car pool the three miles over to Spruce Lake Bog. This exploration is for people over the age of 12 years.