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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, March 07, 2015

Creative Communities Art Demonstration & Sale

Attend 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. This event is in conjunction with the Creative Communities Art Canvas Project, which is an art project involving 350 artists of all ages and talents from area schools and communities. Participants receive a 6-inch-by-6-inch art canvas to artistically interpret a famous nature quote. For details and how to participate visit http://kvr.state.wi.us/art. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions.


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Saturday, March 07, 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 don’t 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 28. Call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions or to register.


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Turtles of Wisconsin

Learn about Wisconsin’s eleven turtle species and the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program. Attendees will get to meet a live ornate box turtle, which is Endangered in Wisconsin. Presenter: Andrew Badje, WI DNR. 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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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Equinox Stargazing

Welcome spring by enjoying a close pairing of Venus and the Crescent Moon, as well as views of Mars and Jupiter. KVR Astroeducators will give a tour of the spring sky. Indoor talk starts at 7:00 pm. Outdoor stargazing at 8:00 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.


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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Children’s Spring Nature Immersion

Come romp and sneak on a journey of discovery and learning. We’ll explore areas high and low, seeking spring growth of plants, animal activities, and returning birds and frogs in the woods, meadows, ponds and marshes. Activities and hands-on learning will complement our travels. Come prepared to be away from the Visitor Center for most of the day and be dressed for wet, wild, muddy and all other early spring elements. Children should pack a sack lunch that they can carry in their day pack. Ages 8-12 (Limit 12). Instructor: Nicholas Gale is a naturalist who has been teaching outdoor workshops at the KVR for 9 years. He is a certified Wilderness Guide through a year-long primitive living immersion course. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Fee: $25/person; $22.50/KVR Friend. Scholarships available; contact the Reserve. Registration Deadline: March 27, 2015. Call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions. Click here to register.


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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Spring Wild Edible Hike

As the woods and wetlands green and come to life, we feel the draw to get out, discover and gather. Come tour the greening earth and learn to distinguish the plants that are safe and satisfying in the spring season. Your salads, side dishes and snacks may never be the same! This workshop will offer significant walking time, discussion and review. Dress for being outside in spring weather, and please bring a notebook and sack lunch. There will be plenty of tasting and gathering opportunities and time for questions. Instructor: Nicholas Gale is a naturalist who has been teaching outdoor workshops at the KVR for 9 years. He is a certified Wilderness Guide through a year-long primitive living immersion course. 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. Fee: $30/person; $27/KVR Friend. Registration Deadline: April 3, 2015. Call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions. Click here to register.


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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, April 18, 2015

Annual Earth Day Highway Clean-up

Volunteers are asked to pick-up roadway litter (not just the Reserve – anywhere in the area). Stop at the Visitor Center for supplies and a commemorative gift. 8:00 am – 11:30 am. Registration Deadline: April 17, 2015. Call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions. Click here to register.


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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Spring Fling Benefit

Come celebrate the season with our annual Spring Fling! Activities include geology & nature hikes, craft demonstrations, hula hooping, Sister City presentation, silent auction, raffle, grilled brats and burgers, salads, desserts, soft drinks, and brew canoe. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve and the Richland Center - Santa Teresa Sister City Project. 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Fee: $10/person; kids 12 and under free. Call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us with questions.


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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Passenger Pigeon

Explore the ecology and life history of the passenger pigeon and other extinct and endangered birds, current extinction crises, endangered species recovery, human relationship with wildlife, and sustainable use of biological resources. Presenter: Stanley Temple. 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, 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 13, 2015

Firefly Talk & Walk

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 6, 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, 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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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. 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. (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. 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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