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Upcoming Events

Friday, December 12, 2014—Monday, January 05, 2015

Audubon Christmas Bird Count

The 115th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will take place Dec 14, 2014 to January 5, 2015.  The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Christmas Bird Count provides critical data on population trends. Surveys are conducted within designated 15 mile diameter circles. Teams are sent driving throughout the area reporting species and abundances. Data from bird feeders located within the circle can also included.

Four local area CBC Circles and dates
La Crosse: Saturday Dec 20th
Richland Center: TBA
Retreat: TBA
Upper Kickapoo Valley:  Sunday Dec 14
La Farge: Saturday Dec 27th

Contact at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve or for more information.

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Thursday, January 08, 2015—Thursday, 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.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Winter Festival

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 Winter Fest, 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 5-8 pm for a Candlelight Ski (ski only). For more information, visit

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Sunday, January 18, 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.

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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

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Saturday, January 31, 2015—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! 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.

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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, 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: 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. 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, 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.

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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 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.

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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 – 4:00 pm.

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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 or 608/625-2965 to volunteer. For more information visit  

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