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Ages 8-10: NEW! Habitat Trekking

 
June 6-10, 2022   9:00am-2:30pm
 
Join us for a week of nature discovery as we go habitat trekking along the trails at the KVR.  Bring along your sense of curiosity and cooperative spirit to investigate the unique natural habitats and get to know some of the plants and animals that live there.  Is a frog a predator or a prey?  Have you ever found a water penny? Can we find a living food chain? Be prepared for hiking, observing, discovering and learning from one another in a group setting.  By looking closely, listening carefully, and asking questions, campers will learn through first-hand experience.  Interactive games, activities, and nature crafts will be part of each day.  Respect for nature and each other will be emphasized.  Topics will include edible and poisonous plants, designs of nature, animal tracks and signs, predators and prey, among others. This camp is a good fit for budding biologists, kids who enjoy close study of nature topics, and cooperative learners.

Fee:  $150 (child must pack own lunch).
Limit:  12 children per session
Registration Deadline:  May 23, 2022
Instructor: Cathy Chybowski is an experienced naturalist and life science teacher whose passion is getting kids outside. She worked for several years as a DNR Naturalist and spent almost 20 years teaching ecology, biology, and A.P. environmental science. She works as a KVR instructor where she spends much time outdoors continuing to be inspired by nature and her students.

 

Ages 8-10: NEW! Hungry Hikers

 June 13-June 17, 2022     9:00 am – 2:30 pm 

Have you ever worked up an appetite on a hike and wondered if there is anything to eat in the woods? In this camp, we’ll learn how to safely identify and prepare some simple snacks from Mother Nature. First, we’ll study the rules of foraging safety and respect for plants. Then we’ll take a closer look at plant identification, vocabulary, and the use of simple field guides. Throughout the week, campers will have an opportunity to create their own KVR field guide and collect a number of safe edible plants. We’ll also explore the joys of outdoor cooking, including fire safety, building and maintaining a fire, as well as taking time for plenty of classic camp games and some swimming when it’s hot!

Fee:  $150/child (child must pack own lunch)
Limit:  12 children per session
Registration Deadline:  May 20, 2022
Instructor: Joy Miller is an organic vegetable farmer at Keewaydin Farms and the Executive Director of Driftless Curiosity, a new land-based learning nonprofit with the mission of deepening people’s connection to the land through curiosity, experiential education, farming, social justice, and the arts. She has been an instructor with the KVR naturalist education program since 2019. Curiosity and whimsical questions from children are Joy’s favorite parts of naturalist education.

Ages 8-10: NEW! Summer Camp 101

June 27-July 1, 2022    9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Campers will get a taste of some of our most popular KVR programming with this camp that devotes a day-long dive into each of these programs: Orienteering, Archery, Canoe Skills and Safety, Survival Skills, and Water Canaries. This camp is specifically designed for first-time KVR campers, but will offer something for returning campers as well. 

Fee:  $150 (child must pack own lunch)
Limit:  12 children per session
Registration Deadline:  June 13, 2022
Instructor:  Jonah Evans is currently attending Northland College studying Sustainable Community Development and Outdoor Education.  Jonah has two years’ experience teaching summer camp at KVR and is excited for another year!  Some of Jonah’s favorite things about the KVR are wandering around the woods, fishing the creeks, and showing others interesting places to discover.

 
two boys crafting during camp

Ages 8-10: Art Sprouts: The Art and Science of Nature

 

July 18-22, 2022    9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Calling all dreamers and discoverers! In a camp experience that seeks to unite the artist and the scientist in each of us, we invite children to join us for a week of drawing, painting, crafting, journaling, experimenting and exploring. Who were our famous artists/scientists as children? Who are the da Vincis, the Teslas, the Newtons, the Sybillas and Goldsworthys of today? Campers will create art in nature, and use nature in their own art. We will do science experiments that reveal some of nature's secrets, looking at seeds, sprouts, water, clouds, pond life, and birds.

Fee:  $150 (child must pack own lunch)
Limit:  12 children per session
Registration Deadline:  June 27, 2022
Instructor: Vicki Ramsay is a Wisconsin certified Biology, Broadfield Sciences and Environmental Education teacher. She's been teaching Biology, Agriculture, Chemistry, Geometry and Drawing at Youth Initiative High School in Viroqua and at the KVR for over 16 years. She has two sons, ages 21 and 13, who have been a great source of inspiration. She loves the adventures and lifelong learning that we all receive from Nature just by taking time to notice, explore, and spend time in the wild.

Ages 8-10: Four Elements

July 25-29, 2022    9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Each day of camp will offer an exploration of one of the elements through creative play, poetry and song, science experiments, learning about animals, and making interesting contraptions. Beaver and pond studies, lanterns, chemistry experiments, and wing design are a few of the concepts we'll explore in this study and celebration of the elements. By exploring the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, we will see how the four elements unfold in the natural world. We will take a hike to explore the incredible habitat of beavers, stomp around in a cold water stream, build a campfire, make a fort and learn about birds. This camp offers many new activities as well as some of our old favorites.

Fee:  $150/child (child must pack own lunch)
Limit:  12 children per session
Registration Deadline:  July 4, 2022
Instructor: Vicki Ramsay is a Wisconsin certified Biology, Broadfield Sciences and Environmental Education teacher. She's been teaching Biology, Agriculture, Chemistry, Geometry and Drawing at Youth Initiative High School in Viroqua and at the KVR for over 16 years. She has two sons, ages 21 and 13, who have been a great source of inspiration. She loves the adventures and lifelong learning that we all receive from Nature just by taking time to notice, explore and spend time in the wild.

Ages 8-10: Nature Nuts

August 8-12, 2022        9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Each day of Nature Nuts camp brings exploration, discovery and new skills. Campers will investigate the realm of plants with identification games and crafts, they’ll search for animal life and learn the art of quiet sitting to see who comes along.  We’ll encounter the wonders of the water with a day on the pond learning basic canoe skills and safety and discovering who lives in this watery world.  Traditional crafts and demonstrations in the ways that ancient peoples made their fires, shelters and food will also be part of the adventure.  Each day will include hikes, time for guided play, and safe exploration.  We’ll get wet, dirty and gain a new level of comfort and knowledge about nature.

Fee:  $150 (child must pack own lunch)
Limit:  12 children per session
Registration Deadline:  July 25, 2022
Instructor: Nicholas WazeeGale is a long time resident of the Driftless region and is a passionate naturalist, outdoorsperson, forager, craftsperson, and dedicated instructor. He has been teaching summer camps and day programs at KVR for 18 years, and he teaches a variety of programs in wilderness skills and traditional craft with the Driftless Folk School. He and his wife also run a handcrafts business and conduct programs through their business Wildroots Handcrafts, found on the web at www.wildrootshandcrafts.com and on Instagram @wildroots.handcrafts

 

 

 

 



The Kickapoo Reserve Management Board acknowledges that the state and federal lands that comprise the Reserve fall within the ancestral homelands of First Nations people including the Hooçak Nation. We recognize the sovereignty of the Hooçak and other First Nations and will work towards a shared future by continuing to create collaborative opportunities to protect and preserve these lands.

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962
kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us

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