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Workshops, Hikes & Programs for Adults

The Kickapoo Valley Reserve offers various programs for adults and children.

Art workshops offer an encouraging, non-competitive atmosphere to explore your interest in art. You'll find here a diverse selection of topics and instructors suited to budding or established artists.

Our hands-on outdoor community programs provide a chance to learn more about the natural world or to practice new skills. Join us for a relaxing atmosphere with knowledgeable instructors who welcome your curiosity and questions.

The Driftless Dialogue lecture series is a monthly talk on various topics related to the Kickapoo Valley. The program is funded by the Ralph Nuzum Reforestation Fund and sponsored by the Friends of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.

Click here for a detailed Program Schedule.


Discussion with adults on the importance of water


Intro to Backpacking Workshops scheduled for March and April 2022

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Part 1: Gearing Up for Success
Thursday, March 24, 2022, 6-8pm
Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center

Learn the basics in a safe classroom environment like safety preparedness, what gear is essential, and what to leave at home. Trail hygiene, how to pack light, and how to choose the tent pegs, bear bags and containers, sleep systems, cookware, and other gear that is best for you.

Part 2: Hitting the Trail with Confidence
Thursday, April 14, 2022, 6-8pm -
Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center

Learn how to use all the items we learned about in part 1 of this series. Attendees will learn about choosing the best food to pack for your adventure, how to filter water and how to safely hang bear bags. This class will look into what it really means to leave no trace and familiarize ourselves with maps, routes and tracking mileage and First Aid.

Instructor: Jane Schmidt is passionate about the outdoors and sharing her love of backpacking. Her focus is setting women up for success on their own trips by building their skills and confidence. Schmidt has soloed Isle Royale, the Superior Hiking Trail, and the Grand Canyon. Jane is a certified Wilderness First Responder, a NOLS Outdoor Leadership participant and a lively storyteller.



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

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