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

Bugling Cranes – Exploring Nature Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsored by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine
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.