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Citizen-Based Monitoring

The Kickapoo Valley Reserve, in partner with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR) and other agencies, welcomes volunteers to help with various citizen-based monitoring (CBM) programs in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve and throughout the region.

Volunteer time commitment and level of expertise varies, but all programs are rewarding, fun, and educational (depending on how you define these words). These are excellent opportunities for the general public to participate with conservation efforts, contribute to scientific research, and to learn more of the environment. KVR staff and/or KVR Friends participate in the following programs.

Click on links to learn more about each program. If your interest is not listed, the Wisconsin citizen-based monitoring network  has additional ideas and programs. Contact the KVR office to learn how to participate or to find assistance in finding a CBM program that fits your interest.

Lichens of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve 

Close up photo of a Wood Turtle

KVR Birding Workshop  at the KVR Visitor Center

September 17th, 2023, 7am-11am

WI Bat Monitoring Program (Wisconsin DNR)
April - October

WI Frog and Toad Survey (Wisconsin DNR)
Late March - July

KVR Frog Walk Tuesdays 
March - July

WI Turtle Conservation Program (Wisconsin DNR)
May - July

Midwest Annual Crane Count (International Crane Foundation)
One Saturday, Mid-April

Water Quality Monitoring (Valley Stewardship Network)
All Year

Christmas Bird Count (Audubon Society)
Mid to Late December

Great Back Yard Bird Count (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

Rare Plant Monitoring (Wisconsin DNR)
All Year

Monarch Monitoring (UW-Madison Arboretum & Monarch Joint Venture)                                               April - September


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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