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Upcoming Events

  
Friday, February 14, 2014—Monday, August 11, 2014

Kickapoo Reserve Summer Camps 2013

The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is offering Summer Adventure Day Camps for kids.  You'll find 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 03, 2014

Voyage to the Planets

Participants will learn about and see for themselves the polar cap of Mars, the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, and the craters and lava seas of the waxing crescent Moon. In addition to the three planets, we will tour the spring constellations. Presenter: John Heasley is a teacher, stargazer in the Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin, and a Solar System Ambassador. 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Free & open to the public. To view the event poster, click here       


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Saturday, May 03, 2014

Spring Fling Benefit

Come celebrate the season with the KVR Friends' annual Spring Fling! Activities include geology & nature hike, 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. To view the event poster, click here. To volunteer click here and to bring food click here. Thanks.


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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Restoration Agriculture

Restoration agriculture combines agricultural production and ecological restoration with the purpose of growing abundant and nutritious food, while simultaneously restoring healthy ecosystems. At Mark Shepard's New Forest Farm, he grows trees, shrubs, vines, canes, and fungi to produce food, fuel, and medicines. The farm is entirely solar- and wind-powered, and farm equipment is powered with locally produced biofuels that are not taken from the human food chain. Presenter: Mark Shepard is CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises, owner of New Forest Farm outside Viola, and author of 'Restoration Agriculture'. 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. No registration required. To view the event poster, click here.


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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Spring Ephemerals (4/26 Reschedule)

The rich mesic woods of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area provide one of the best places to experience the beauty of spring. Come to see delicate spring ephemerals who only make a brief appearance while the canopy above them is still just budding out, and learn more about the natural communities that are home to these plants. Instructor:  Darcy Kind is a conservation biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Bureau of Endangered Resources, where her work focuses on working with private landowners to restore and manage prairies and savannas. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Fee: $5/person; $4.50/KVR Friend. Registration deadline: May 3, 2014. To register call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us. To view the event poster, click here  
  


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Saturday, May 17, 2014

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 8 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: May 3, 2014. To register call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us. To view the event poster, click here. 


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Saturday, June 07, 2014—Sunday, June 08, 2014

Native American Flute Making Workshop

Since the beginning of time, Native American cultures have utilized music as an integral part of life. Whether for entertainment, traditional use, or for spiritual connection, most today will recognize that music plays a vital role in many cultures. During this two day instructional course, participants will learn the history of the Native American courting flute as told by Ho-Chunk People, and will make and then learn to play their very own flute. Please bring a sack lunch, work gloves, family stories and reflections. Instructor: William Quackenbush is an enrolled Deer Clan member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. He has worked for the Nation’s Heritage Preservation Department for 14 years and serves as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. William learned to make traditional courting flutes from his grandfather at an early age, and now enjoys passing on the traditional practice of flute making. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Fee: $75/person; $67.50/KVR Friend (includes materials for red cedar flute and protective case). Registration deadline: May 9, 2014. To register call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us. To view the event poster, click here       


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Saturday, June 07, 2014

Sustainable Trail Building Training & Work Day

In celebration of National Trails Day, the KVR is hosting a sustainable trail building training and work day. Volunteers will attend a sustainable trail building training at the visitor center in the morning where they will learn basic trail building techniques. In the afternoon, volunteers will venture out on the property to help build or improve KVR trails. Volunteers are asked to come prepared with the following items: sack lunch, long pants, work boots/shoes, gloves, water bottle, bug spray, sun screen and sunglasses. Volunteers will also need to provide their own transportation to the work site and will be required to fill out a volunteer agreement. 9 am - 3 pm. Advance registration is required to ensure adequate equipment. Registration deadline: June 6th. To register call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us.


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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Silvopasture & Faith: Diverse Approaches to Forestry Engagement

Forestry outreach has typically focused on technical and/or traditional forestry fare-timber sales, invasive species removal, planning, etc. Two current Kickapoo Valley Reforestation Fund projects, though, take very different tacts. The silvopasture project is exploring the interface of grazing and trees and their complementary potential. A faith and forest initiative will approach woodland stewardship through a faith-based lens. Presenter: Mark Rickenbach, Professor & Extension Specialist in the Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison. 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. No registration required. To view the event poster, click here.


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Friday, June 13, 2014

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 teachers 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: June 6, 2014. To register call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us. To view the event poster, click here.
  


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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Silk Scarf Dying

Participants will dye two silk scarves in class. One scarf will be dyed with plant materials and the other with environmentally friendly dyes. Each scarf is unique. There will be extra silk scarves available for purchase. Instructor: Phyllis Scarbrough lives in Viroqua and has been hand-dying silk scarves, fabric, clothing and techniques for six years. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Fee: $30.00 + $22.00 materials fee. Registration deadline: June 21, 2014. To register call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us. To view the event poster, click here.
  


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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Kickapoo Valley 101

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 collabortion with the Driftless Folk School.  To register contact the Driftless Folk School:  https://bookwhen.com/fp564/201406280900/dw7


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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Making Gourd Jewelry and Whimsies! Wall Hangings

Gourd Jewelry: Students will be given pieces of gourds to shape, sand and design themselves into pins or pendants. Acrylic paints, artist’s pens, beads, wire and other embellishments will be available for the students to let their imaginations run free! 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Whimsies! Wall Hangings
: You’ll have to step out of the box for this class! You’ll be given gourd pieces, wire, beads, yarns, raffias and lots of other plant material and found objects and assemble them into a fun wall hanging. Any level of expertise can do this class – even children. You’re welcome to bring a special trinket to add to your piece. All materials are included. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Instructor: Terri Schmit has been creating and teaching gourd art for over a decade. She has been published in several gourd books and offers classes throughout the Midwest.
Fee: $35/$31.50 KVR Friend for AM only; $40/$36 KVR Friend for PM only; or $65 for both. Registration deadline: June 28, 2014. To register call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us. To view the event poster, click here.
  


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dragonfly Presentation & Hike

Listen to a fun and informative introduction to the insect order Odonata which includes dragonflies and damselflies. Learn about the biology and life history of this order as well as an introduction to their identification. Program will begin with a short indoor presentation followed by a short walk to the ponds near the Visitor Center to view dragonflies and damselflies. Instructor: Dan Jackson is currently the President of the Coulee Region Audubon Society and the Vice President of the Wisconsin Dragonfly Society. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Fee: $5/person; $4.50/KVR Friend. Registration deadline: July 12, 2014. To register call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us. To view the event poster, click here.
  


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Monday, August 11, 2014

Full Moon Rising

Discover and enjoy the landscape of the full moon and see patterns such as the Woman in the Moon and the Rabbit in the Moon. Participants will also discover Saturn, Venus, and the summer constellations. Program will begin with a short indoor presentation followed by outdoor stargazing. Presenter: John Heasley is a teacher, stargazer in the Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin, and a Solar System Ambassador. 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Fee: $5/person; $4.50/KVR Friend. Registration deadline: August 10, 2014. To register call 608-625-2960 or email kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us. Weather reschedule date: August 18. To view the event poster, click here.  


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Saturday, October 04, 2014

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.  For more information visit
http://kvr.state.wi.us/damchallenge. 


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