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

 

Rowdy Red-wings Nature Storytime

March 6, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Friday)

Ice Age Visitor Center (located at W2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport, which is a half mile west of Dundee)

Look!!! The red-winged blackbirds are back! Spring must not be too far away. Come celebrate the return of the red-wings to the Kettle Moraine. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Read and Explore – Winds of Spring

March 7 (Saturday)

10:00-11:15 a.m.

Plymouth Public Library (located at 130 Division Street, Plymouth)

1:00-2:15 p.m.

Sheboygan Falls Library (located at 330 Buffalo Street, Sheboygan Falls)

Drop in to read a book about wind with a caring adult. Afterwards, participate in hands-on activities to learn more about the winds of spring. This is a great opportunity for early elementary students to practice their reading skills!

 

Two Sides of Fire

An Evening with Nature Program

March 12, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Thursday)

Ice Age Visitor Center (located at W2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport, which is a half mile west of Dundee)

Many plant communities need periodic fires to remain healthy, while wildfires can cause great devastation to ecosystems and human structures. Dept. of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist and Forester will share how they use fire as a management tool and how to prevent wildfires and the great harm they cause. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 12 years.

 

All Things Maple Exploring Nature Program

March 14, 10:00-11:30 a.m. (Saturday)

Ice Age Visitor Center (located at W2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport, which is a half mile west of Dundee)

Discover what kinds of maples grow in Wisconsin and how to identify them. Find out what products humans make from maples and sample that most famous maple treat – maple syrup. This program is best for people over 8 years old.

 

Spring into Spring Nature Storytime

March 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Friday)

Ice Age Visitor Center (located at W2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport, which is a half mile west of Dundee)

Through songs, stories, and games, we will welcome spring back to Wisconsin. We’ll go outside to explore for signs of its return, weather permitting. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Pink-toed ‘Possums Nature Storytime

April 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Friday)

Ice Age Visitor Center (located at W2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport, which is a half mile west of Dundee)

What has pink toes, a hairless tail and a pouch? An opossum, of course! Discover other interesting facts about the only North American mammal with a pouch. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Read and Explore – Slithering Snakes

April 4 (Saturday)

10:00-11:15 a.m.

Plymouth Public Library (located at 130 Division Street, Plymouth)

1:00-2:15 p.m.

Sheboygan Falls Library (located at 330 Buffalo Street, Sheboygan Falls)

Drop in to read a book about snakes with a caring adult. Afterwards, participate in hands-on activities to learn more about our area slithering snakes. This is a great opportunity for early elementary students to practice their reading skills!

 

Solving Bird Nest Mysteries

An Evening with Nature Program

April 9, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Thursday)

Ice Age Visitor Center (located at W2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport, which is a half mile west of Dundee)

How do birds make nests without arms and hands? What materials do they use? Which bird made what nest? With Beth Goeppinger, Naturalist at Richard Bong State Recreation Area discover the answers to these questions and more as we work to solve the mysteries surrounding bird nests. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 12 years.

 

All Tied Up in Knots Exploring Nature Program

April 11, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Saturday)

Ice Age Visitor Center (located at W2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport, which is a half mile west of Dundee)

There is a knot for every kind of job. Learn how to tie basic knots and how to do simple lashing. To practice your new skills, you will get to make a knot project or two. To register, call (920) 533-8322 by April 10. This program is best for people over 8 years old.

 

Trail Trekkers

April 15, 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Wednesday)

Meet at the New Fane Trailhead (located at W432 County Line Road, Kewaskum, which is near New Fane)

Join us for an early spring 2.4-mile evening hike along the New Fane Red Loop with a forest naturalist. A Wisconsin State Park System vehicle admission sticker is required.

 

Earth Friends Nature Storytime

April 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Friday)

Ice Age Visitor Center (located at W2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport, which is a half mile west of Dundee)

In honor of the 50th Earth Day (April 22), learn how to become better friends with the earth and all its critters. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.

 

Trail Trekkers

April 22, 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Wednesday)

Meet at the Zillmer Trailhead (located at W833 County Road SS, Campbellsport, which is between County Road G and Hwy 67near New Prospect)

Join us for a 2- or 3-mile evening saunter along the Zillmer Red or Green Loop with a forest naturalist. A Wisconsin State Park System vehicle admission sticker is required.

 

In Search of Sky Dancers and Spring Noise-makers Night Hike

April 24, 7:30-9:00 p.m. (Friday)

Zillmer Trail Area (located at W833 County Road SS, Campbellsport, which is between County Road G and Hwy 67 near New Prospect)

An early spring evening is the perfect time to search for those incredible sky dancers, woodcock,        and snipe. As the sky darkens, we will tune in on those nighttime noise-makers, the frogs. This hike is most appropriate for adults and children over the age of 6 years. A Wisconsin State Park System vehicle admission sticker is required.

 

Earth Week Litter Pick Up

Sponsored by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine

April 25, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Saturday)

Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive

(Meet at the Forest Headquarters locate at N1765 County Road G, Campbellsport, which is south of County Road SS near New Prospect)

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by helping give the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive and other forest locations a spring cleaning. Join others for a morning of camaraderie and litter pick up. Youth and other groups are encouraged to participate. Bring your own gloves. Garbage bags will be provided. Meet at the Forest Headquarters off County Road G to get your road assignment. After cleaning up, return to the Headquarters for snacks and refreshments. To register groups, call (262) 626-2116

 

Trail Trekkers

April 29, 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Wednesday)

Meet at the Zillmer Trailhead (located at W833 County Road SS, Campbellsport, which is between County Road G and Hwy 67near New Prospect)

Join us for a relaxing 3-mile evening hike along the west side of the Zillmer Yellow Loop with a forest naturalist. A Wisconsin State Park System vehicle admission sticker is required.