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.


Friends Sponsored Events

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Summer Saturday Evening Events

Each year the Friends of the Kettle Moraine financially sponsor the Summer Saturday Evening Events, which are held at the Ice Age Visitor Center starting at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted. This year we have a tremendous line up of programs. Check out the Summer 2022 Program Brochure for a complete schedule.

May 28 – Nature’s Cuisine: Wild Edibles, 6:30-8:00/Jackie Scharfenberg

June 11– Purple Martin Colonies/Les Rhines

June 18 – Wisconsin Snakes/Randy Hetzel

June 25 – Twilight Paddle, 6:30-8:30 pm at Mauthe Lake/Jackie Scharfenberg

July 2 – Nature’s Fireworks, 8:00-9:30 pm at Long Lake/Jackie Scharfenberg

July 16 – The Dragons and Damsels of Summer/Freda van den Broek and Maggie Steinhauer

July 23 – Wisconsin’s Secretive Salamanders, 6:30-8:30 pm/Jackie Scharfenberg

July 30 – In Search of Bigfoot, 8:00-9:30 pm at Zillmer Trailhead/Jackie Scharfenberg

August 13 – Owl Prowl, 8:00-9:30 pm at Mauthe Lake/Jackie Scharfenberg

August 20 – Bats of Wisconsin/Janet Raddatz

August 27 – S’more Contest, 5:00-6:30 pm at Mauthe Lake

August 27 – Ryan Meisel’s Wondering Spirit Concert, 6:30-8:00 pm at Mauthe Lake

September 3 – Celestial Sights of the Summer Sky, 7:30-8:30 pm/Jeff Setzer and Summer Star Gazing, 8:45 pm/Northern Cross Science Foundation


Dinner and a Show Fund Raisers

Enjoy a delicious alfresco meal followed by great musical entertainment. The funds raised will be used to support a variety of Friends of the Kettle Moraine projects including the Mauthe Lake kayak launch, Ice Age Visitor Center mural, and Tamarack Trail upgrades. These events will be held at the Mauthe Lake Recreation Area.


June 4

5:30-7:00 pm – catered meal; purchase meal tickets by June 1 at Ice Age Visitor Center

7:00-8:30 pm – Shady Grove Bluegrass Band


July 9

5:30-7:00 pm – purchase a meal from a local food truck vendor

7:00-8:30 pm – An Evening of John Denver Music with Brett Hall


August 6

5:30-7:00 pm – purchase a meal from a local food truck vendor

7:00-8:30 pm – folk music concert with Fox and Branch