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Upcoming Events

  
Friday, February 06, 2015—Friday, February 27, 2015

Winter Homeschool Workshops

Join us this winter for a series of special workshops offered for area homeschoolers. For the last four Fridays in February, weíll host an afternoon of interactive, hands-on programming taught by KVR instructor/naturalists. Two different programs for each age level (K-3 and 4th and up) will run each afternoon. Homeschool Fridays are a great way to experience hands-on science, nature, and other cultural programs, receive help on projects and research, and network with other homeschooling families!  You may register your children for any or all Fridays. 12:15 pm - 3:45 pm. Each child will participate in both afternoon programs offered for their age level. Fee: $8/Child/Afternoon Scholarships available; contact the Reserve. Registration deadlines: January 30, 2015 (for February Programs). Limit: Each date can accommodate approximately 35 - K-3rd grade children and 35 - 4th grade and up. Programs will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information and to register, click here.        


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ralph Nuzum Lecture Series: Science of Water

Learn about the science of water through the following demonstrations: how to make water disappear, water that starts on fire, surface tension, putting an egg in water with a broom, making water rise and how carburetors work, incompressibility of water, making water sing, diversí bends, soap film demonstrations, poly density bottle, cohesion and adhesion, Heiroís engine, crush a can with water, disappearing glass, the electric pickle, balloon in a flask, and more. Scientific explanations and audience participation are included. Presenter: Larry Scheckel, Author and Retired Science Teacher from Tomah. 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.


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Friday, February 13, 2015—Monday, February 16, 2015

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Join the Great Backyard Bird Count and count birds at your own home feeder. Visit the GBBC website to learn how to participate.

Otherwise.....The Kickapoo Valley Reserve Bird Club welcomes kids and all others interested in birds to join us at the Visitor Center on Saturday February 14th, 10 am -2 pm to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. From the comfort of the lobby, Club members will be present to assist with identification, using binoculars and spotting scopes while we keep a count of the birds at the feeder. Free Event. No registration required. For more information, contact ben.johnston@wisconsin.gov.


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ice Cave Hike Series

Visit several rarely visited ice caves and frozen waterfalls. Participants will also have the chance to try traditional and modern snow shoes. There will be lots of outdoor discoveries; and depending on the hike leader, the following topics might be discussed: winter wildlife ecology, geology, biology, and history of the Kickapoo Reserve. The hike is rated moderate to difficult. Dress for the weather and donít forget your camera! 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm. Instructors: A rotation of experienced KVR Naturalist/Guides. Fee: $10/Person; $9/KVR Friend; $5/Kids 12-18 w/adult. Registration Deadline:  February 7. Call 608-625-2960 or email Kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions or to register.


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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Cross-Country Ski Workshop

Learn proper classic and skate cross-country ski techniques, including basic stride-and-glide, fall recovery, proper pole positioning, turning techniques, and speed control. Workshop also welcomes experienced skiers who want to brush up on their skills. Open to all levels. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Instructor: Dan Goltz. Fee: $15/Person; $13.50/KVR Friend; $7.50/Kids 12 and under (with adult). Registration deadline:  February 14, 2015. Call 608-625-2960 or email Kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions or to register.


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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Introduction to Oil Painting

Learn the basics of painting with the wonderful medium of oil paints with artist Kathie Wheeler. In this one day workshop you will learn about the use and care of oil paints and the tools used to make an oil painting, as well as how to construct a painting. The supply fee will cover all materials for this class, so students can experience the medium before investing in the supplies themselves.Bring your own photo to work from and be ready for a fun day of painting! 9:00 am- 4:00 pm. Please pack a sack lunch. Instructor: Kathie Wheeler creates remarkable landscapes and portraits and works primarily with a rich oil palette, but also enjoys dabbling in pastel, watercolor and drawing with conteí, charcoal, pencil and ink. She paints en plein air throughout the year, as well as working in the studio, and is a member of Oil Painters of America, The American Women Artists, the Wisconsin Visual Artists, and the Palette and Chisel in Chicago. She has also taught drawing and painting in middle and high schools, as well as adult classes and workshops. Fees: $60/person; $56/KVR Friend Materials Fee: $15 payable to instructor. All materials provided. Registration deadline: February 6, 2015. Call 608-625-2960 or email Kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions or to register.


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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ice Cave Hike Series

Visit several rarely visited ice caves and frozen waterfalls. Participants will also have the chance to try traditional and modern snow shoes. There will be lots of outdoor discoveries; and depending on the hike leader, the following topics might be discussed: winter wildlife ecology, geology, biology, and history of the Kickapoo Reserve. The hike is rated moderate to difficult. Dress for the weather and donít forget your camera! 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm. Instructors: A rotation of experienced KVR Naturalist/Guides. Fee: $10/Person; $9/KVR Friend; $5/Kids 12-18 w/adult. Registration Deadline: February, 21. Call 608-625-2960 or email Kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions or to register.


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Saturday, March 07, 2015

Creative Communities Art Demonstration & Sale

Join us for a day of viewing and discussing art with a wide range of talented area artists. Ask questions, see work in progress and purchase a gift of artwork for a friend or something special and unique for yourself. 10:00 am Ė 4:00 pm.


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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Midwest Annual Crane Count

5:30 - 7:30 am
Volunteers are needed throughout Wisconsin and other Midwest States. Contact a county coordinator near you...
Richland County: Barbara Duerksen, bduerksen@mwt.net
Vernon County: Ben Johnston, Ben.Johnston@Wisconsin.gov
Monroe County: Don and Carol Nelson, djnelson48@gmail.com
For other areas and additional Information visit Midwest Annual Crane Count Webpage or email naturalist@savingcranes.org.


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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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