Friday, October 03, 2014
We’ll have telescopes and binoculars set up after sunset for you to enjoy views of the waxing gibbous Moon, Mars, and Saturn. As the sky darkens, we will tour the constellations, clusters, and nebulas of the fall sky. 6:30 pm. Instructor: John Heasley, Solar System Ambassador. Free and open to the public. Event in conjunction with Dam Challenge Pasta Supper. To view the event poster, click here.
Friday, October 03, 2014
Friends of the KVR - Dam Challenge Pasta Dinner
Delicious dinner offering pasta, sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverages, and desserts; 5:00-8:00 pm at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center. Open to the public. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the KVR.
Saturday, October 04, 2014
Dam Challenge Triathlonhttp://kvr.state.wi.us/damchallenge.
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. For more information visit
Friday, October 10, 2014Friday, February 27, 2015
Fall & Winter Homeschool Workshops
Join us this fall and winter for a series of special workshops offered for area homeschoolers. For the last four Friday’s in October and February we’ll 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: September 19, 2014 (for October programs) and January 16, 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. More information and registration here.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Kickapoo Valley 101: The Land, The River, The People, The Place.
Whether you have chosen the Kickapoo Valley as your home, or find it an interesting place to visit, it will be gratifying to find within it your center, your sense of this place. Through stories old and new, this class will explore the connections between the land and people that make this a unique place to live. From the quiet shelters of the Paleo-Indian, to the forsaken remains of homesteads removed for a failed dam project, to the stories of rare and beautiful microclimates--the mosaic that is the Kickapoo Valley will be brought into focus. Hear the stories, walk the trails, breathe the air, become a Kickapoogian! Instructors: Brad Steinmetz and Chuck Hatfield. 9:00am- 3:00pm. Please bring a bag lunch. Offered in collaboration with the Driftless Folk School. To register contact the Driftless Folk School: https://bookwhen.com/fp564/201406280900/dw7
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Ralph Nuzum Lecture Series: Brainy Animals
Natural selection has provided animals with the physical features that adapt them for life in their environment. However, it might surprise some the extent to which animal behavior has also been molded by evolution to insure that animals make good decisions. Attendees will learn how in-tune animals are with their surroundings, and how astutely they weigh the consequences of different actions. Presenter: Scott Walters, WI DNR Upland Wildlife Ecologist. Refreshments and socializing at 6:30 pm. Talk begins at 7 pm. Sponsored by the Kickapoo Valley Reforestation Fund and the Friends of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Programs are free and open to the public. To view the event poster, click here.
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Wall-Hanging Birch Basket
Just in time for holiday gift-giving or decorating, join us to make a wall-hanging birch basket using birch bark, willow and the inner bark of hickory. If time allows, we’ll also make some small birch bark cone ornaments. Bring a sack lunch and a hammer.10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Please pack a sack lunch. Instructor: Michelle Workowski, co-owner of the Nature of Things, a successful home business outside of Viola that has grown to include birch-bark frames, poplar-bark baskets, lamps, lampshades, antler chandeliers, brooms, cabinetry, and custom interior designs. Fees: $40/person; $36/KVR Friend. Materials Fee: $10 payable to instructor. All materials provided. Registration deadline: October, 24, 2014.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Ralph Nuzum Lecture Series: Bobcats & Cougars in Wisconsin
In 2008, after 100 years of absence from the landscape of Wisconsin, cougars began to reappear. At the same time, bobcat populations began to surge throughout the state, leading the WDNR to contemplate opening the southern part of Wisconsin to bobcat harvest. Join us as we explore the reasons behind their rise, how we know how many there are in the state, and what we can expect in the future. Presenter: Dr. Eric Anderson, professor of wildlife ecology at UW-Stevens Point. 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. To view the event poster, click here.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Becoming a Stargazer
The evening begins with an indoor presentation on how you can become a stargazer. Then we will move outside and use telescopes and binoculars to tour the constellations, clusters, nebulas, and galaxies under the dark skies of the Kickapoo Reserve. 5:00 pm. Instructors: KVR Astro-Educators. Free and open to the public. Registration Deadline: November 7, 2014. To view the event poster, click here.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Children’s Immersion Workshop
It is time again to pack a backpack and head for the hills! In this fun, day long immersion workshop we will roam the KVR in search of treasures of the fall season: signs of animals preparing for the winter, nuts and roots to gather before winter comes, shelters made of fresh fallen leaves, and so much more. Roaming the fall landscape is something many of us have pleasant memories of; here’s a chance for children to make memories of their own! This will be a great time for a group of nature-loving kids to experience fun activities, attunement games, and adventures all focused on helping them acclimate to and enjoy the nature that surrounds us. Ages 8-12 (limit 12). NOTES: Warm boots, gloves and socks are a must! Children should also pack a sack lunch. Saturday, November 15, 2014. 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. Instructor: Nicholas Gale is a naturalist who has been teaching outdoor workshops at the Reserve for 6 years. He is a certified Wilderness Guide through a year-long primitive living immersion course. Fee: $25/Child; $22.50/KVR Friend. Scholarships available; contact the Reserve. Registration deadline: November 1, 2014.
Saturday, December 06, 2014
Friends of the KVR - Welcome Winter
Friends of the KVR are expanding their annual winter event to include music concerts by local children and winter craft activities for children. The traditional Cookie Walk will begin in the afternoon, also. A light meal of soup, salad, bread, and holiday cookies will be available for purchase in the evening. Photography contest winners will be announced prior to music by Muddy Flats & The Hepcats. Attendees are encouraged to suppor the Friends of the KVR by renewing their annual membership or becoming a member. All activities are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://kickapoofriends.org.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Ralph Nuzum Lecture Series: Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard
“If you build it, they will come”! Learn about Wisconsin’s wildlife resource, their habitat needs, and tips for attracting a greater diversity of wildlife - no matter how big or small your “yard”. Presenter: Jamie Nack, Extension Wildlife Outreach Specialist. 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. To view the event poster, click here.
Thursday, January 08, 2015Thursday, February 26, 2015
Kickapoo Valley Youth Ski Club
The Kickapoo Valley Reserve in partnership with Bluedog Cycles and Wildcat Mountain State Park is excited to announce the launch of the Kickapoo Valley Youth Ski Club. Experienced ski instructors will offer area youth, ages 6-12, the opportunity to learn proper cross-country ski techniques. Practices will be held at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve or Wildcat Mountain State Park. With generous funding from The Birkie Foundation, the Friends of the KVR and Organic Valley, the KVR has been able to purchase a small fleet of quality rental equipment. Due to limited equipment sizes, registration will fill on a first-come-first-served basis. Thursdays: January 8 – February 26, 2015 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm. Fee: Ski equipment is available (if needed) for a seasonal rental fee of $55 (use & maintenance) plus a $25 club membership fee. Students keep ski equipment for the entire 8 week season. Registration deadline: January 2, 2015; contact the Reserve to register.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
The KVR Winter Festival is a wonderful family event that highlights fun winter activities such as skating, sledding, skiing, archery, snow sculpture slide, ice cave hikes, birds of prey presentation, face painting, horse-drawn bobsled rides, snowshoe exhibit, Tri-state Malamute Club sled dog race, weight pull, and mutt race. La Farge Lions Club hosts an annual chili and bread contest for the public. A Kickapoo Quick Auction of goods and services produced in the Kickapoo Valley raises funds for the KVR Education Program. After Winterfest, join the Driftless Folk School from 4:30-7 pm at the La Farge Community Center for a Dinner & Barn Dance and Wildcat Mountain State Park from 5-9 pm for a Candlelight Hike/Ski & Winter Astronomy. For more information, visit http://kvr.state.wi.us/winterfest.
Sunday, January 18, 2015Sunday, July 19, 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: January 10, 2015.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Dam Phunski Cross Country Ski Race
The Dam Phunski is a scenic classic and freestyle cross country ski course along the scenic Old Highway 131 Trail. Proceeds benefit the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Education Program. Courses include a 1k loop for youth, a 5k point-to-point for juniors and phunskiers of all ages, and a 10k point-to-point for adults. For more information or to register visit http://kvr.state.wi.us/phunski.
Saturday, January 31, 2015Saturday, 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! Saturdays: January 31, February 14, 28, March 7, 2015. 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: January 23, 2015.
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, divers’ bends, soap film demonstrations, poly density bottle, cohesion and adhesion, Heiro’s 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.
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 conte’, 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.
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 – 4:00 pm.