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

 

Night Eyes Nature Storytime

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

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

Red, yellow, green, and white eyes: whose eyes do we see at night? Join us as we find out what animals’ eyes are open while ours are closed. This hour of nature fun awaits 3- to 6-year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Ask the Naturalist

October 2, 12:00-3:00 pm (Saturday)

October 3, 12:00-3:00 pm (Sunday)

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 amazing wildlife.

 

Ask the Naturalist

October 9, 12:00-3:00 pm (Saturday)

October 10, 12:00-3:00 pm (Sunday)

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 amazing wildlife.

 

Nuts in Wisconsin

An Evening with Nature Program

October 14, 7:00-8:30 pm (Thursday)

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

Beware! The nuts are dropping! With Jackie Scharfenberg, Forest Naturalist, and Adam Zirbel, DNR Forester, find out about the variety of Wisconsin trees and shrubs that produce edible nuts and where they grow. After the presentation try a variety of nuts and nut-filled treats. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 12 years.

 

Dam Builders Nature Storytime

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

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

Timber! Another tree crashes to the ground. Beavers are nature’s dam builders and they are hard at work. Learn what “equipment” beavers possess to do their jobs so well. This hour of nature fun awaits 3- to 6-year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Halloween Fall Fest

Sponsored by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine

October 16, 3:00-9:00 pm (Saturday)

Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (located at N1490 County Road GGG, Campbellsport – south of County Road SS near New Prospect)

 

Celebrate all the fun of fall at our first annual Halloween Fall Fest where we will celebrate the creatures of the night! From 3:00-6:00 check out the tools and equipment used by DNR wardens and rangers. Carve a pumpkin with your most clever design, which will be judged on theme and creativity at 5:30. Enter the costume contest at 6:00. Meet Smokey Bear. Traverse the trail through the autumn woods (lighted after dark) where you will encounter stations highlighting nocturnal animals. Join the fun around a roaring fire while enjoying tasty treats from local food truck vendors and toe-tapping live music. In the event of severe weather, the event will be canceled. Bring the whole family for a grand fall day of fun-filled activities.

 

Myth Busters Exploring Nature Program

October 23, 10:00-11:30 am (Saturday)

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

Do bats fly into your hair? Can owls turn their heads completely around? Are warts caused by toads? Let’s bust these nature myths and more! This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

 

Halloween Party with Nature’s Unhuggables

October 30, 10:00 am-12:00 pm (Saturday)

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

Join the Halloween fun and learn a thing two about nature’s unhuggable animals. Create crafts, play games, meet some unhuggables and most of all have a terrific time! This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 4 and 10 years old.

 

Hop Away Rabbit Nature Storytime

November 5, 9:30-10:30 am (Friday)

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

A fox is coming!  Hop away rabbit, hop away home!  We’ll investigate the world of rabbits to learn how they live in the wild. This hour of nature fun awaits 3- to 6-year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Friends of the Kettle Moraine’s

Create a Winter Wreath

November 11, 1:00-3:30 pm OR 6:00-8:30 pm (Thursday)

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 wreath and swag that will enhance your home’s winter decor. To register for a session, call (920) 533-8322) or email friendsofthekettlemoraine@gmail.com by November 8. Space is limited. This program is best for people over 12 years old. Cost: $20.00/person; fee payable to the Friends of the Kettle Moraine.

 

CSI – Northern Unit Exploring Nature Program

November 13, 10:00-11:30 am (Saturday)

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

Become a nature detective!  By examining scat, bones and other evidence, we will figure out what animals were involved and determine what happened in a variety of nature “crime scenes.” This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

 

Stocking Up for Winter Nature Storytime

November 19, 9:30-10:30 am (Friday)

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

The days are growing shorter and the temperature is dropping. Come learn what some animals stock up to get through the hardships of winter. This hour of nature fun awaits 3- to 6-year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Birds at My Feeder Nature Storytime

December 3, 9:30-10:30 am (Friday)

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

Even on the coldest days of winter, a bird feeder can be flurry of activity. Discover what birds may visit your feeder and what they like to eat. 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

December 9, 7:00-8:30 pm (Thursday)

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

Birds bring excitement to a barren winter day. With Bill Volkert, Naturalist, learn what birds spend their winters in Wisconsin and ways to attract them to your yard. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 12 years.

 

Nature Crafts Exploring Nature Program

December 11, 10:00 am-12:00 pm (Saturday)

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

Let your creativity flow!  Using supplies found in nature, we will create a variety of crafts including flower magnets, nature candles, and evergreen wrapping paper. To ensure plenty of supplies, call (920) 533-8322 by December 9. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

 

Look!  Look Again! Nature Storytime

December 17, 9:30-10:30 am (Friday)

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

Sometimes it takes a double look to see an animal standing right in front of us. Uncover how creatures of all kinds use camouflage to survive. This hour of nature fun awaits 3- to 6-year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Winter Solstice Night Hike

December 21, 6:30-8:00 pm (Tuesday)

Zillmer Trail Shelter (located at 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 find out what animals are awake and braving the cold of a winter night. This program is best for families with children over 6 years old.