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

 

 

Eight Legs and Silk Exploring Nature Program

September 7, 10:00-11:30 am (Saturday)

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

Spiders are found in almost every environment on earth. Untangle cool facts about these silk spinners. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

 

Ice Age Trail Trekkers

September 11, 6:00-7:30 pm (Wednesday)

Meet at Ice Age Trail/Shelter 1 parking lot (located off County Road H on the north side of the road east of Milwaukee River near Kewaskum)

Come for a lovely 1.95-mile evening hike between Hwy 28 and County Road H. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spots.

 

Solving the Mysteries of Hibernation

An Evening with Nature Program

September 12, 7:00-8:30 pm (Thursday)

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

Many animals spend the winter hibernating to avoid the season’s hardships. Join Hannah V. Carey, Ph.D.  Professor of Comparative Biosciences and Director of Biotron ,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.

 

Women’s Day in the Outdoors

September 14, 9:30 am-3:30 pm (Saturday)

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

Through hands-on activities, gain basic outdoor skills from knot tying and fire building to tent pitching, outdoor cooking, and more. Learn from experienced women how to become comfortable spending time enjoying the great outdoors. Register by calling (920) 533-8322 by September 11.

 

Ice Age Trail Trekkers

September 18, 7:00-8:30 am (Wednesday)

Meet at Ice Age Trail County Road H parking lot (located off County Road H on the south side of the road west of Milwaukee River near Kewaskum)

Join us for a beautiful about 2-mile fall morning hike between County Road H and Eisenbaun Trail where it crosses Hwy 45. A shuttle will be available between the start and finishing spots.

 

Trail Run Zillmer

September 18, 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.

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Legs! Nature Storytime

September 20, 9:30-10:30 am (Friday)

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

What has eight legs? Spiders of course! Discover some fascinating facts about these silk-spinning insect-eaters. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Predator vs Prey Exploring Nature Program

September 21, 10:00-11:30 am (Saturday)

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

Who will win – the predators or the prey? Explore what adaptations each possess that help them survive. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

 

Ice Age Trail Trekkers

September 25, 6:00-7:30 pm (Wednesday)

Meet at Ice Age Trail County Road H parking lot (located off County Road H on the south side of the road west of Milwaukee River Kewaskum)

Join us for a casual about 2-mile fall evening hike between County Road H and Eisenbaun Trail where it crosses Hwy 45. A shuttle will be available between the start and finishing spots.

 

Tree Houses for Wildlife

September 28, 10:00 am-2:00 pm (Saturday)

September 29, 11:00 am-2:00 pm (Sunday)

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

Trees provide homes to many different animals. Find out what animals live in the leaves, branches, trunks, bark, and roots of forest and city trees. 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.

 

Leaves of Many Colors Nature Storytime

October 4, 9:30-10:30 am (Friday)

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

Join us as we wander the autumn woods to find as many different colored leaves as we can. We will also solve the mystery of why trees drop their leaves in fall. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Nature Printing

October 5, 10:00 am-2:00 pm (Saturday)

October 6, 11:00 am-2:00 pm (Sunday)

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

Let your artistic energies flow! Using objects from nature, print lovely designs on cloth or note cards. Bring a T-shirt or bandanna or purchase one that day. 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.

 

Creatures of the Night Fall Drop In

October 12, 10:00 am-2:00 pm (Saturday)

October 13, 11:00 am -2:00 pm (Sunday)

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

Uncover what animals are awake while we sleep at night and how they are adapted to survive under the cloak of darkness. 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.

 

Before the Hunt

An Evening with Nature Program

October 17, 7:00-8:30 pm (Thursday)

Ice Age Visitor Center

Presenters: Josh Jackl, DNR Wildlife Biologist

Nick Miofsky, DNR Conservation Warden

Before you head out to bag a pheasant, buck, or other quarry, join Wildlife Biologist Jackl to learn what work the DNR wildlife team undertakes to provide good habitat for game animals and wonderful hunting opportunities. He will explain the science that goes into determining hunting seasons, areas, and quotas. Warden Miofsky will also be on hand to share any changes to and answer any questions about the hunting rules and regulations. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 10 years.

 

What’s for Lunch? Nature Storytime

October 18, 9:30-10:30 am (Friday)

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

You may have a hamburger for lunch, but what do the animals eat? Find out what is on the lunch menu for the wild animals of the Kettle Moraine. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Halloween Nature Hikes

October 18 and 19, 6:30-9:30 pm (Friday and Saturday)

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

Look up for those things with wings! Traverse through the dark autumn woods to meet the fast-flying little brown bat, the radiant scarlet tanager, dazzling dragonfly, and many more. 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.

 

Nature’s Unloved Exploring Nature Program

October 26, 10:00-11:30 am (Saturday)

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

Unearth intriguing facts about some of nature’s unloved critters including bats, skunks, slugs, and spiders. You may just go away liking them or at least appreciating their role in nature. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

 

Those Sly Foxes Nature Storytime

November 1, 9:30-10:30 am (Friday)

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

If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a shy, sly fox. Come investigate the world of these secretive animals. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Wild Gobblers Exploring Nature Program

November 9, 10:00-11:30 am (Saturday)

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

What’s our state’s largest woodland bird? The wild turkey! After discovering all the incredible adaptations of turkeys, you’ll understand why Ben Franklin suggested that the turkey might be a better national bird than the bald eagle. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

 

Thousand-Miler

An Evening with Nature Program

November 12, 7:30-9:00 pm (Tuesday)

Turning Rivers Camp (located off Youth Camp Road between County Road G and County Road S near New Fane)

Presenter: Melanie Radzicki McManus, Thousand-Miler and Author

Millions of people take to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail every year, but only a few intrepid hikers become Thousand-Milers, those who travel the full 1000-mile route. Join McManus as she shares tales of her incredible adventures of hiking the entire Ice Age Trail. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 12 years.

 

Gottfried Arboretum’s

Create a Winter Wreath

November 14 (Thursday)

Session 1: 1:00-3:30 pm OR Session 2: 6:00-8:30 pm

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 by November 12. Space is limited. This program is best for people over 12 years old. Cost: $20.00/person; fee payable to the Gottfried Arboretum.

 

Oh Deer! Nature Storytime

November 15, 9:30-10:30 am (Friday)

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

Deer are one of Wisconsin’s largest wild animals. Find out incredible facts about these handsome woodland creatures. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Chick-a-dee-dee-dee Nature Storytime

December 6, 9:30-10:30 am (Friday)

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

Always bright-eyed and full of energy, chickadees add a cheery note to any winter day. You’ll be amazed by the lives these tiny birds lead. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.