Kemp Station is home to numerous habitat types — old-growth forest remnants, second-growth forests of hemlock, pine, and northern hardwoods, lake coves, bogs, a bog lake, ponds and over a mile of lakeshore. It is a wonderful place to go for a walk and discover the wonders of nature. We are pleased to offer “discovery walks” on the property, each lead by an expert in their field. These walks are open to all knowledge and interest levels. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes for rough trails and possible wet conditions, and bring insect repellent. Meet at the Pavilion. Advance sign-up requested with Karla, 715-358-5667 or, but walk-ins are welcome!

Discover the Bog Plants of Kemp Station, led by Susan Knight, UW-Madison Trout Lake Station
Saturday, July 7, 9:30 am (Inclement weather date, July 8)
Note: Wear shoes that can get wet (old sneakers or sandals), or waterproof footwear to keep feet dry. Water depth may be above the ankle.

A Special Discovery Walk: The Historic Buildings of Kemp Station, led by Gary Kellner, Retired Kemp Station Carpenter & Caretaker
Monday, July 16, 6:30 pm
Tour the historic buildings of Kemp Station. Built in the 1920’s to 1940’s, Gary Kellner was responsible for maintenance of the buildings for more than 20 years beginning in 1993. Enjoy his stories of each structure’s history and discover some of the nooks and crannies too!

Discover the Insects of Kemp Station, led by P.J. Liesch, UW-Madison
Friday, August 10, 2:00 pm

Discover the Trees of Kemp Station, led by Scott Bowe, UW-Madison
Monday, August 13, 6:30 pm (Inclement weather date, August 14)

Evening Presentations

Held at the Connor Forestry Center. Walk-ins welcome or advance sign-up with Karla, 715-358-5667.

Research in the Northwoods: Bird Monitoring and Research in Wisconsin’s Young Forests
Monday, June 11, 7:00 pm
Anna Buckardt is a Master’s candidate at the University of Maine spending her third summer at Kemp Station. Join her for a look at her research which addresses the questions: How do birds respond to young forest management?  Can landowners monitor wildlife on their properties through citizen science? and What do we know about the migration and wintering of a declining young forest warbler?

The Buzz on Wisconsin Mosquitoes
Monday, June 18, 7:00 pm
There are more than 60 species of mosquitoes in Wisconsin and a few can make life miserable. Mosquitoes are not just nuisances — some species can transmit “bugs” that cause diseases like dog heartworm, West Nile or La Crosse encephalitis. Dr. Susan Paskewitz, Professor of Entomology at UW-Madison, will introduce some of the unique aspects of mosquito biology and provide an update on new species like the Asian tiger mosquito, which have recently appeared in the state. Learn about ways to control mosquitoes, with examples from community programs in Wisconsin and learn about the many ways individuals try to prevent mosquito bites and the evidence for what works and what doesn’t.

Hands on Learning: Shiitake Workshop 2018 — Saturday, July 14, 10:00 am & 1:00 pm (Date changed from June 9)
Join Drs. Glen Stanosz and Scott Bowe, UW-Madison, for an introduction to Shiitake mushroom cultivation. This hands-on demonstration will begin with a discussion of the life cycle of Shiitake mushrooms. We will demonstrate how hardwood logs are prepared, inoculated, and tended to grow these delicious mushrooms. Come ready to work! Participants will be asked to form an assembly line to prepare and inoculate logs that can be taken home at the end of the session. You will have an opportunity to perform each step in the Shiitake process so you have the skills to build your own mushroom garden. Chicken shiitake wild rice soup will be served at the end of the 10 am session and at the beginning of the 1 pm session. Advance registration required with Karla at 715-358-5667 or Fee: $10 per person payable in advance;  Registration limit, each session: 15; Location: Pavilion

Hands on Learning: Finding Your Way In the Woods — Saturday, August 18, 9:30 am
Leave the modern world behind and experience some “old school” tools and techniques for getting around in the woods.  Join UW-Extension Natural Resources Educator, Bill Klase, for a review of navigation using the sun, stars and natural features in the woods along with the tried and true compass. You will also learn how to measure distance just by counting the number of steps you take. Appropriate for ages, 12 years and up. Advance registration required with Karla at 715-358-5667 or Location: Connor Forestry Center

All Things Fungi Festival – August 24 & 25, 2018
This first time event will include lectures, a foray, discussions and demonstrations. Lectures begin Friday night and continue Saturday afternoon. Topics will include an introduction to fungi, an introduction to common mushrooms of northern Wisconsin, how to grow mushrooms at home, and the medicinal use of mushrooms. On Saturday morning, participants will collect from the forest of Kemp Station and discuss findings afterwards. Found edibles will become part of a short cooking demonstration. Persons of all interest levels are welcome – come for some or stay for all. Overnight lodging at Kemp Station is available on Friday and Saturday nights. Location: Connor Forestry Center