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

Step into the Night Hike

May 24, 8:30-10:00 pm (Friday)

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. Bring your bug spray and sense of adventure as we explore the darkness for nocturnal insects. This night hike is best for families/groups with children at least 5 years old.

 

Extreme Saturday Morning

May 25, 10:00-11:00 am (Saturday)

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 come explore the extremes of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program! The program involves completing a required number of 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.

 

“Tree”mendous Trees Drop In at the Beach

May 25, 1:00-4:00 pm (Saturday)

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

May 26, 12:00-3:00 pm (Sunday)

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

 

Lady’s Slippers and Bogs Summer Saturday Evening Event

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

May 25, 6:30-8:00 pm (Saturday)

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

Presenter: Jackie Scharfenberg, Forest Naturalist

Unearth the secrets of a bog from its bouncing soils to its rare blooms. After a short presentation, we will carpool three miles to Spruce Lake to walk the boardwalk in search of lady’s slipper orchids and other bog treasures. This program is best for folks over 8 years old.

 

Extreme Saturday Morning

June 1, 10:00-11:00 am (Saturday)

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 come explore the extremes of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program! The program involves completing a required number of 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

June 1, 11:30 am-12:30 pm for youth or 1:00-2:00 pm for adults (Saturday)

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 extremes 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 starting at 11:30 am and for special needs adults with chaperones beginning at 1:00 pm.

 

Fish Fest

June 1, 12:00-4:00 pm (Saturday)

Long Lake Recreation Area Fishing Pier (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. Marvel at the unique adaptations of fish. Create your own fish print T-shirt or bandana. 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. No fishing license or State Park System vehicle admission sticker required as it is Free Fun Weekend.

 

Nature’s Cuisine: Wild Edibles

Summer Saturday Evening Event

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

June 1, 7:00-8:30 pm (Saturday)

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

If you know where to look, nature can provide a whole smorgasbord of food. With Jackie Scharfenberg, Forest Naturalist, find out from a forest naturalist what plants are safe to eat and let your tastebuds decide which are “good” to eat. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 8 years old.

 

Tour de Forest

June 2, 11:00 am-4:00 pm (Sunday)

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

Pick up your challenge sheet at one of the three locations and then begin your Tour de Forest. Travel from New Fane to Greenbush and several sites in between solving puzzles, acquiring clues, and making memories. Prizes awarded for those teams which complete the Tour by 4:00 pm and a grand prize for the team that finishes the fastest.

 

Ice Age Trail Trekkers

June 5, 7:00-8:30 am (Wednesday)

Meet at County Road U west of the Parnell Tower parking lot (located between County Road A and Hwy 67 near Parnell)

Come for an energizing 3.06-mile hike along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail between County Road U and County Road V. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spot.

 

Sunset Yoga

June 5, 6:00-7:00 pm (Wednesday)

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

Through this intro class, all levels will find benefit; beginners have an opportunity to absorb the new elements, and the more advanced have time to go deeper into a practice. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. An engaging experience for those over 10 years old.

 

Fish Tales Nature Storytime

June 7, 9:30-10:30 am (Friday)

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

Swim on over for some fun-filled fish activities. We’ll even share a fish tale or two. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Step into the Night Hike

June 7, 8:30-10:00 pm (Friday)

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

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 explore the darkness for nature’s night lights. This night hike is best for families/groups with children at least 5 years old.

 

Extreme Saturday Morning

June 8, 10:00-11:00 am (Saturday)

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 come explore the extremes of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program! The program involves completing a required number of 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.

 

Water Wonders Drop In at the Beach

June 8, 1:00-4:00 pm (Saturday)

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

June 9, 12:00-3:00 pm (Sunday)

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

Dive into the wonders of water. Become a scientist as you try several wild and wet experiments to discover the amazing properties of water. Figure out how plants and animals use these properties to survive. 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.

 

Winged Mammals: Bats

Summer Saturday Evening Event

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

June 8, 7:00-8:30 pm (Saturday)

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 from 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.

 

Ice Age Trail Trekkers

June 12, 6:00-7:00 pm (Wednesday)

Meet at County Road U west of the Parnell Tower parking lot (located between County Road A and Hwy 67 near Parnell)

Come for a calming 3.06-mile evening hike along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail between County Road U and County Road V. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spot.

 

Become a Citizen Scientist Evening Exploration

June 13, 7:00-8:30 pm (Thursday)

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

Volunteers are an integral part of the Department of Natural Resources’ approach to monitoring hundreds of species and habitats throughout the state. Public involvement, through citizen-based monitoring programs, leads to high quality scientific data, offers rewarding and educational outdoor opportunities, and promotes information sharing and collaborations between the public and the DNR. Eva Lewandowski, Citizen-based Monitoring Program Coordinator, will share how you can get involved in one of the multitude of projects happening throughout the state. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 12 years old.

 

Extreme Saturday Morning

June 15, 10:00-11:00 am (Saturday)

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 come explore the extremes of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program! The program involves completing a required number of 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.

 

Mid-day Meanderings

June 15, 11:30 am-12:30 pm (Saturday)

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

Traverse a portion of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail with a naturalist to learn about the flowers, trees, and geology of the Northern Unit. This program is best for adults and family with children older than 5 years old.

 

Upscaled Treasures Drop In at the Beach

June 15, 1:00-4:00 pm (Saturday)

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

June 16, 12:00-3:00 pm (Sunday)

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

Create jewelry, trinkets, and toys from items that usually get thrown away. 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.

 

Archaeology and Native American Heritage of Southeast Wisconsin

Summer Saturday Evening Event

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

June 15, 7:00-8:30 pm (Saturday)

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

Gary Henschel, Owner of Henschel’s Indian Museum, will usher listeners back 10,000 years when indigenous people used hand-hewed tools to live off the land and water in the area that is now called the Sheboygan Marsh. Learn about sacred burial rites, and view artifacts and tools unearthed during archaeological digs on the Henschel Homestead farm. This program is most appropriate for people over 8 years old.

 

Ice Age Trekkers

June 19, 7:00-8:30 am (Wednesday)

Meet at Ice Age Trail intersection with Division Road south of the Shelter 3 parking lot (located south of County Road F near Dundee)

Join us for a brisk 3.43-mile morning hike between County Road V and Division Road. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spot.

 

Trail Run Zillmer

June 19, 6:00-7:00 pm (Wednesday)

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

Join an experienced trail-runner for a run on the 2-mile Green Loop. Proper warm-up and cool-down exercises demonstrated. For anyone over 10 years old. For anyone over 10 years old.

 

When I Grow Up Nature Storytime

June 21, 9:30-10:30 am (Friday)

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

We know what babies look like when they grow up. But what do goslings, fawns, and polliwogs become when they grow up? Join us as we uncover the answer to that question and more. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Extreme Saturday Morning

June 22, 10:00-11:00 am (Saturday)

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 come explore the extremes of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program! The program involves completing a required number of 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.

 

Alien Attack Drop In at the Beach

June 22, 1:00-4:00 pm (Saturday)

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

June 23, 12:00-3:00 pm (Sunday)

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

We’re being invaded not by outer space aliens, but by alien plants and animals. Uncover what foreign species are taking over our native communities and what can be done to help control their spread. You will have a chance to make several unique crafts including a smashed-plant bandanna. Bring your own bandanna or purchase one that day for a small fee. 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.

 

Get Outdoors! Go. . . Twilight Paddle

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

June 22, 6:30-8:30 pm (Saturday)

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

Join Jackie Scharfenberg, Forest Naturalist, for an evening canoe trip around Mauthe Lake and up the Milwaukee River. As we paddle, we will keep our eyes and ears open for evening birds and other wildlife. Basic canoe skills will be covered. No experience is necessary. In the event of threatening weather, the program will be canceled. This program is most appropriate for people over 8 years old. To register, (920) 533-8322 by June 21.

 

Ice Age Trekkers

June 26, 6:00-7:30 pm (Wednesday)

Meet at Ice Age Trail intersection with Division Road south of the Shelter 3 parking lot (located south of County Road F near Dundee)

Join us for a casual 3.43-mile evening hike between County Road V and Division Road. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spot.

 

Canoe Adventure

An Evening Exploration

June 27, 6:30-8:30 pm (Thursday)

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

Venture with us by canoe around Mauthe Lake and along the Milwaukee River. Get a close look at the natural communities within and surrounding the lake and river including some of the wildlife. Basic canoe skills will be covered. No experience is necessary. In the event of threatening weather, the program will be canceled. This adventure is for people over the age of 12 years. To register, call (920) 533-8322 by June 26.

 

Extreme Saturday Morning

June 29, 10:00-11:00 am (Saturday)

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 come explore the extremes of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program! The program involves completing a required number of 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.

 

Sssssnakes Drop In at the Beach

June 29, 1:00-4:00 pm (Saturday)

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

June 30, 12:00-3:00 pm (Sunday)

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

Slithering across the ground with their tongues flicking, snakes arouse our curiosity or sometimes our fears. Uncover some truly astonishing facts about these legless reptiles and the habitats where they live to gain an appreciation of their role in nature. 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.

 

S’more Contest and Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday Bash

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

June 29, 6:30-8:00 pm (Saturday)

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

Let your imagination run wild and create your most unique and delicious s’more to honor Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday. A panel of judges will award prizes to the best s’mores of the evening during the family concert intermission. Official contest rules available by June 1 at a Forest office or on the Friends of the Kettle Moraine website. A campfire will be blazing for folks to make their own tasty treats. In the case of inclement weather, the contest will move to the Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee).

 

An Evening of John Denver Music with Brett Hall

Summer Saturday Evening Event

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

June 29, 7:00-8:30 pm (Saturday)

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

Take a step back in musical time to enjoy the unforgettable songs of John Denver performed by Brett Hall. This is an outside concert, so remember to bring your blankets and lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee). This program is great for all ages from preschoolers through grandparents.