Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit

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

Friends Sponsored Events

Join Us!

Trail Trekkers

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6-7:45 p.m.

Meet at the 800’s overflow parking lot at the Long Lake Recreation Area (N3450 Division Road, Cascade – north of
County Road F near Dundee)
Come for an approximate 3-mile hike south on the Lake to Lake Trail to the halfway point to the Mauthe Lake Recreation
Area. Make sure to wear good footwear and bring drinking water and insect repellant. A Wisconsin State Park vehicle
admission sticker is required. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spot.
WI Forest Products: Rooted in Our Lives, Rooted in Our Economy
An Evening with Nature
Thursday, Sept. 8, 7-8:30 p.m.
Ice Age Visitor Center (N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – half mile west of Dundee)
Join Brian Zweifel, Dept. Natural Resources Forest Product Specialist, as he explains the many ways wood products help
make our lives and environment better. From the cut-over to cutting edge, we will take a look at some of the past, present
and possible future products made from Wisconsin forests. This program is most appropriate for folks more than 12 years
old.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks-A Celebration of Trees

Saturday, Sept. 10, 12-3 p.m. (Saturday)

Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Picnic Shelter (located at N1490 County Road GGG, Campbellsport – south of County
Road G near New Prospect)
Bring the whole troop or family for an afternoon of celebrating trees. Learn how to identify our woody giants, discover what
animals depend on trees, create beautiful tree inspired art and much more. Everyone is invited to drop in for a few
minutes or more than an hour. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children. A Wisconsin State Park vehicle
admission sticker is required.

Trail Trekkers

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6-7:45 p.m.

Meet at the Ice Age Visitor Center (N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – half mile west of Dundee)
Come for a brisk 3-mile hike on a loop of the Zillmer Trails. Make sure to wear good footwear and bring drinking water and
insect repellant.

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

Friday, Sept. 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Ice Age Visitor Center (N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – half mile west of Dundee)
What has eight legs? Spiders of course! Untangle fascinating facts about these silk-spinning insect-eaters. This hour of
nature fun awaits 3- to 6-year-olds with accompanying adults.
Marvelous Mammals Exploring Nature Program
Saturday, Sept. 17, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ice Age Visitor Center (N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – half mile west of Dundee)
What do humans have in common with bears, bats, mice and deer? We’re all mammals! Discover what characteristics
mammals share and how they’re adapted for survival. This program is best for families/groups with children between the
ages of 6 and 12 years.

Trail Trekkers

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6-7:30 p.m.

Meet at the Zillmer Trails Shelter (W833 County Road SS, Campbellsport – between County Road G and Hwy 67 near
New Prospect)
Come for an unwinding 1.8-mile hike on Green Loop of the Zillmer Trails. Make sure to wear good footwear and bring
drinking water and insect repellant. A Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is required.
Ask the Naturalist
Saturday, Sept 24, 12-3 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 25, 12-3 p.m.
Parnell Tower (located at W7876 County Road U, Plymouth – between Hwy 67 and County Road A)
Before or after traversing the rugged Parnell Trail or climbing the 60-foot observation tower, ask the naturalist your
questions about the area’s unique glacial geology, diverse natural communities, tremendous trees as well as other plants,
and wildlife. A Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is required.

Trail Trekkers

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6-7:30 p.m.

Meet at the Long Lake Recreation Area Boat Launch parking lot (N3450 Division Road, Cascade – north of County Road
F near Dundee)
Come for a beautiful 1.5-mile hike on the Summit Trail up and down Dundee Mountain. Make sure to wear good footwear
and bring drinking water and insect repellant. A Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is required.
Ask the Naturalist
Saturday, Oct. 1, 12-3 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2, 12-3 p.m.
Parnell Tower (located at W7876 County Road U, Plymouth – between Hwy 67 and County Road A)
Before or after traversing the rugged Parnell Trail or climbing the 60-foot observation tower, ask the naturalist your
questions about the area’s unique glacial geology, diverse natural communities, tremendous trees as well as other plants,
and wildlife. A Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is required.

Leaves of Many Colors Nature Storytime

Friday, Oct. 7, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Ice Age Visitor Center (N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – 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.
Ask the Naturalist
Saturday, Oct. 8, 12-3 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9, 12-3 p.m.
Parnell Tower (located at W7876 County Road U, Plymouth – between Hwy 67 and County Road A)
After or before traversing the rugged Parnell Trail or climbing the 60-foot observation tower, ask the naturalist your
questions about the area’s unique glacial geology, diverse natural communities, tremendous trees as well as other plants,
and wildlife. A Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is required.

Deep Time and Ice Age Memories-

An Evening with Nature

Thursday, October 13, 7-8:30 p.m.

Ice Age Visitor Center (N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – half mile west of Dundee)

Join Herman Bender as he delves into the ancient tradition of placing Manitou stones and sacred boulders as guardians

against the returning of an Ice Age. He will share oral traditions of the Cheyenne as well as other Algonquin and Siouan-

speaking Woodland and Plains tribes as they relate to this sacred practice. This program is most appropriate for folks

more than 12 years old.

 

Fall Fest

Saturday, Oct. 15, 3-8 p.m.

Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (located at N1490 County Road GGG, Campbellsport – south of County Road G near New
Prospect)
Celebrate all the fun of fall and nature’s spineless wonders! Check out the tools and equipment used by DNR wardens
and rangers. Carve a pumpkin with your most clever design. Enter the costume contest. Meet Smokey Bear. Traverse
through the autumn woods (illuminated after dark) where you will encounter stations highlighting menagerie of forest
animals. Join the fun around a roaring fire while enjoying toe-tapping live music of Paddygrass. Food available for
purchase from local food truck vendors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine. A Wisconsin State Park vehicle
admission sticker is required.

What’s For Lunch? Nature Storytime

Friday, Oct. 21, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Ice Age Visitor Center (N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – 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.

Nature’s Unloved Exploring Nature Program

Saturday, Oct. 22, 10-11:30 a.m.

Ice Age Visitor Center (N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – 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.

Creatures of the Night Exploring Nature Program

Saturday, Oct. 29, 10-11:30 a.m.

Ice Age Visitor Center (N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – half mile west of Dundee)
Whoo’s awake during the hours of darkness? Join us as we delve into the world of nocturnal animals. This program is
best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

Those Sly Foxes Nature Storytime

Friday, Nov. 4, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Ice Age Visitor Center (N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – 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.

Friends of the Kettle Moraine’s Create a Winter Wreath

Thursday, Nov. 10 ,1-3:30 p.m. OR 6-8:30 p.m.

Zillmer Trail Shelter (located at W833 County Road SS, Campbellsport – between County Road G and Hwy 67 near New
Prospect)
Using a variety of natural materials, create a beautiful winter wreath and swag. To register, call (920) 533-8322 by Nov.
8. Cost: $20.00/person; fee payable to Friends of the Kettle Moraine. A Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is
required.

Wild Gobblers Exploring Nature Program

Saturday, Nov. 12, 10-11:30 a.m.

Ice Age Visitor Center (N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – half mile west of Dundee)
What’s our state’s largest woodland bird? The wild turkey of course! 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.

Oh Deer! Nature Storytime

Friday, Nov. 18, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Ice Age Visitor Center (N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – half mile west of Dundee)
Deer are one of Wisconsin’s largest wild animals. Learn 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

Friday, Dec. 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Ice Age Visitor Center (N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – half mile west of Dundee)
Always bright-eyed and full of energy, chickadees add a cheery note to any winter day. You’ll be surprised by the lives
these tiny birds lead. This hour of nature fun awaits 3- to 6-year-olds with accompanying adults.
Wisconsin’s Winter Birds and How to Attract Them

An Evening with Nature Program

Thursday, Dec. 8, 7-8:30 p.m.

Ice Age Visitor Center (N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – half mile west of Dundee)
Birds bring excitement to a barren winter day. Join Bill Volkert, Naturalist, to learn what birds spend their winters in
Wisconsin and ways to attract them to your yard. This program is most appropriate for those more than 12 years old.

Gifts from the Heart of Nature Exploring Nature Program

Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Ice Age Visitor Center (N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – half mile west of Dundee)
Create a gift using materials from nature. We will make several crafts from ornaments and sun catchers to pressed flower
note cards. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years. To register, call
(920) 533-8322 by Dec. 8.

Forever Green Nature Storytime

Friday, Dec. 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Ice Age Visitor Center (N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – half mile west of Dundee)
Forever green are the evergreens. Join us as we investigate these truly remarkable trees. This hour of nature fun awaits
3- to 6-year-olds with accompanying adults.

Winter Solstice Night Hike

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 6:30-8 p.m.

Zillmer Trail Shelter (W833 County Road SS, Campbellsport – between County Road G and Hwy 67 near New Prospect)
Gather around the fire as we share traditions of the longest night of the year. We will then travel through the dark woods
to discover what animals are awake and braving the cold of a winter night. This program is best for families with children
more than 6 years old. A Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is required.