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:

 

 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Get Outdoors! Learn to Cross-country Ski

Time:  9:00 am-12:00 pm.

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

Dust off those cross-country skis and head to Zillmer to gain the skills to make cross-country skiing fun and safe. This program is best for people older than 10 years. Arrangements for ski rentals will be made for those who need skis. Wisconsin State Park System vehicle admission stickers are required, but trail passes are waived for workshop participants. To register, call 920-533-8322 by January 26.

 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Pretty Red Cardinals Nature Storytime

Time: 9:30-10:30 am

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

Cardinals are a splash of color in the white of winter. We’ll investigate the world of the cardinals to find out how they are adapted to survive winter’s hardships. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Winter Star Gazing

Time:  5:30-8:30 pm

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

Look through a telescope or binoculars to bring into focus the wonders of the night sky. With the help of knowledgeable night sky observers from the Northern Cross Science Foundation, spy distant planets, dumb-bell nebulas, globular clusters, and so much more. The program will be held only if the skies are clear. This program is best for anyone more than 8 years old. Drop in any time and stay as long as you like.

 

Candlelight Ski/Hike

Sponsored by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine

Time:  5:30-8:30 pm

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

Cross-country ski or hike in the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit by candlelight. At the bonfire join fellow hikers and skiers for hot drinks and snacks provided by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine. The trail is perfect for novice skiers with no steep hills or sharp turns. The Zillmer shelter building will be open, lit, and heated. A Wisconsin State Park System vehicle admission sticker is required, but trail passes are not needed for the event.

 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

An Evening with Nature

Now That the Ash Are Gone

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm

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

Presenter: Adam Zirbel, Dept. of Natural Resources Forester

Since the invasion of the emerald ash borer, many of our native ash trees have died. Find out the impact of the loss of all species of ash and what we can do to replace these trees and minimize the impact on our local plant communities, cities, and yards. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 12 years.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Snowshoe Adventure Exploring Nature Program

Time: 12:30-2:00 pm

Where: Greenbush Recreation Area Shelter (located off Kettle Moraine Drive between Hwy 67 and County Road T near Greenbush)

Learn the ancient skill of snowshoeing and then venture along the trails at Greenbush. Snowshoes provided for those who need them. To register call (920) 533-8322 by February 8. This program is best for people over 8 years old. A Wisconsin State Park System vehicle admission sticker is required.

 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Moon Faces Nature Storytime

Time: 9:30-10:30 am

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

Has the moon ever smiled at you? Come uncover the many faces of the moon. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Read and Explore

Time: 1:00-2:15 pm

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

Drop in to read a book about birds in winter with a caring adult. Afterwards, head outside to search for our feathered friends. This is a great opportunity for early elementary students to practice their reading skills!

 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Blowing Winds Nature Storytime

Time: 9:30-10:30 am

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

Spring winds blow away the last of winter’s cold and snow. Have some fun as we learn why the wind blows and what’s blown by the wind. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

An Evening with Nature

Tiny Mammals of Southeast Wisconsin

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm

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

Presenter: Beth Goeppinger, Naturalist, Bong State Recreation Area

Discover the menagerie of tiny mammals that call Southeast Wisconsin home including the shrews, moles, mice, and voles. Goeppinger will explain how they are monitored and their importance to various ecosystems. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 12 years.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Winds of Spring Exploring Nature Program

Time: 12:30-2:30 pm

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

Have you ever wondered why the wind blows and from where it comes? Join us as we answer these questions and uncover the power of the wind. We will make several wind-powered objects. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Sweet Taste of Spring Nature Storytime

Time: 9:30-10:30 am

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

Freezing nights and warm days make the sap of the maple trees flow. Join us as we figure out how maple sap is turned into sweet tasting syrup. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Read and Explore

Time: 1:00-2:15 pm

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

Drop in to read a book about the signs of spring with a caring adult. Afterwards, head outside to search for spring’s return. This is a great opportunity for early elementary students to practice their reading skills!