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Upcoming Events

  
Thursday, February 19, 2015—Friday, July 31, 2015

Kickapoo Reserve Summer Camps

The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is offering Summer Adventure Day Camps for kids. All camps offer hands-on activities and outdoor adventure guided by our caring naturalists who help your child foster positive connections with nature. Programs for youth ages 3-14. Register early, camps fill quickly! More information and registration: http://kvr.state.wi.us/summercamp.  


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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Kickapoo Reserve Tromp & Chomp

The Tromp & Chomp offers 8 mile and half marathon trail run courses, all within the scenic 8,569 acres of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Racers will receive a buffet meal of local seasonal foods and a race shirt. Proceeds from this event benefit the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Education and Events Program. For more information or to register, visit http://kvr.state.wi.us/trompchomp.


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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Solstice Stargazing

Celebrate summer by enjoying a grouping of Venus, Jupiter, and Moon at twilight. KVR Astroeducators will use telescopes, binoculars, and laser pointers to let you tour the stars and constellations of the early summer sky and be wowed by the rings of Saturn. Indoor talk starts at 8:30 pm. Outdoor stargazing starts at 9:30 pm. Presenter: KVR Astroeducators. Free & open to the public. Call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions. Click here to register.


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Impacts of Invasive Earthworms on Forests

European earthworms have only recently been recognized as an invasive threat to the hardwood forests of Wisconsin. Mounting evidence indicates that the invasion of earthworms into forests that had been earthworm-free since at least the last glacial maximum is profoundly and fundamentally altering how these ecosystems function. Presenter: Evan Larson, UW Platteville Geography Professor. Refreshments and socializing at 6:30 pm. Talk begins at 7:00 pm. Sponsored by the Kickapoo Valley Reforestation Fund and the Friends of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Programs are free and open to the public. Call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions.


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Firefly Talk & Walk

Event was rescheduled from 6/13 to 6/27.

Ever wonder, whilst looking over a meadow on a sultry summer’s evening, where all those fireflies come from? What they are doing? Why there are so many in some places – and very few in other places? Ever wonder where the “fire” comes from? Dr. Daniel Young will address these and other questions you might have about fireflies. If conditions allow, attendees will be invited to go on a firefly hike after the presentation. Instructor: Dr. Daniel Young, UW-Madison Professor of Entomology. 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Fee: $5/person; $4.50/KVR Friend. Registration Deadline: June 20, 2015. Call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions. Click here to register.


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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Old Hwy 131 Trail Open for Motorized Vehicles

Noon - 4 pm. Speed limit 15 mph. One way traffic only - South to North. Enter from Seeleyburg Rd to Corps Rd. Stop at the Visitor Center for refreshments. Hosted by the Friends of the KVR. Call KVR Visitor Center for more information at 608-625-2960.


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Family Campfire Program

Kick off the summer camping season and join us for an evening of fun around the campfire. The air will be filled with songs, stories, skits, jokes and laughter as we gather around the campfire ring. Perfect for all ages, this will be a great evening for your whole family. Don’t forget to bring a few family-friendly jokes with you and stay to enjoy s’mores afterwards. Instructor: Sue Hulsether has been a camp counselor, youth director, music teacher and folk dance caller. She teaches music and dance to groups of all sorts, sizes, abilities and ages. 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Fee: $10/family; $9/KVR Friend. Registration Deadline: July 10, 2015. Call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions. Click here to register. Click here to register.


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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tree Identification

Go on an enjoyable excursion through the woods and learn to identify common species native to Southwest Wisconsin. Attendees will also learn about the characteristics and parts of trees that differentiate species. Come try to “stump the forester” with your identification questions. Instructor: Andy LaChance, Vernon County Forester. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Fee: $5/person; $4.50/KVR Friend. Registration Deadline: July 18, 2015. Call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions. Click here to register.


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Saturday, August 01, 2015

A Personal Atlas: Watercolor Journal

An artist’s journal is a kind of atlas for our thoughts and experiences – it is a kind of personal way-finding tool to understanding oneself in relationship to others and to environments. Record and personalize your experience of the Driftless Region through drawing, watercolor and writing. Your favorite hikes in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve and the land’s rich human and natural history are emphasized in this workshop. We will focus on watercolor and journal techniques including pen and ink, botanical illustration, and various approaches to painting in a journal format. Instructor: Jennifer Terpstra has been a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse since 1997, and has also served as an artist/teacher through the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program. Her work is included in public and private collections throughout the United States. 9 am - 4 pm. Fee: $60/person; $54/KVR Friend. Materials Fee: A supply list, totaling less than $40, with recommended items is provided through the Blick Art Materials website – search Watercolor Workshop/KVR summer 2015. Be sure to order at least a week before the workshop begins. You can also bring supplies you already have, including watercolor brushes and graphite pencils. Prior photographs or drawings can be used as journal sources. Registration Deadline: July 25, 2015. Call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions. Click here to register.


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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Perseid Meteor Shower

The dark skies of KVR and the absence of moonlight could make for a memorable night of shooting stars. Evening is an especially good time to see “earthgrazers.” Meteors are best enjoyed lying down, so bring a blanket or reclining chair. Indoor talk starts at 8:00 pm. Outdoor stargazing starts at 9:00 pm. Presenter: KVR Astroeducators. Free & open to the public. Call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions. Click here to register. Click here to register.


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Saturday, August 15, 2015—Sunday, August 16, 2015

Impression of Nature: Printmaking

The natural environment of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve will be your inspiration as you explore the different aspects of printmaking and the many possibilities of creating a mixed media art form. Participants will have the opportunity to learn a variety of printmaking techniques including: block print, collagraph, monoprint/gelatin print, dry point and sun print. Instructors: Lori Aschenbrener and Carissa Brudos are enthusiastic and creative instructors with a passion for the visual arts and teaching. Currently they both teach art in the La Crosse School District. 8:30 am – 4 pm. Fee: $140/person; $126/KVR Friend Materials Fee: $20; payable to the instructors on day of class; fee includes printmaking papers and mixed media supplies. Optional Credit: UW-La Crosse offers 1 graduate credit @ $210. Click here for UW-La Crosse graduate credit application. (Credit course application, registration and payment are separate and in addition to workshop registration.) Registration Deadline: Saturday, August 1, 2015. Call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions. Click here to register.


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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Dam Challenge Triathlon

7-mile Paddle, 14-mile Pedal, and 3-mile Run
The Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon challenges participants to compete among the rugged hills of scenic southwestern Wisconsin's rural countryside and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.  Proceeds from this event benefit the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Education Program.  Registration opens July 1st. Volunteers are needed for many different jobs. Please contact
jonel.kiesau@wisconsin.gov or 608/625-2965 to volunteer. For more information visit http://kvr.state.wi.us/damchallenge.  


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