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 some of the many wonders in nature. This year we are pleased to offer some “discovery walks” on the property, each lead by experts in their field. These walks are open to all knowledge and interest levels — so if you have always wanted to learn some of your birds or plants or mushrooms, please join us! Dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes for rough trails and possible wet conditions, and bring insect repellent. Unless otherwise noted, meet at the Outdoor Pavilion. Advance sign-up requested with Karla, 715-358-5667 or, but walk-ins are welcome!

Discover the Birds of Kemp Station, led by Anna Buckardt, University of Maine
Saturday, May 6, 7:00 am (Inclement weather date, May 7)
Note: Binoculars recommended.

Discover the Flora of Kemp Station, lead by Libby Zimmerman, UW-Madison
Saturday, June 10, 2:00 pm (Inclement weather date, June 11)
Notes: Meet at Connor Forestry Center. Binoculars and hand lens optional.

Discover the Fungi of Kemp Station, led by Cora Mollen & Anne Small, Northstate Mycological Club
Sunday, August 27, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Notes: Bring a basket and knife if interested in collecting specimens.


Shiitake Workshop 2017
Saturday, May 20, 10:00 am & 1:00 pm

Back for the sixth year! 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. Mushroom samples will be served to reward your efforts. Advance registration required with Karla at 715-358-5667 or Fee: $10 per person payable in advance; Registration limit, each session: 15

Bird Banding Demonstration
Saturday, July 8, 7:00 am (Inclement weather date, July 9)

Join Anna Buckardt for a demonstration of bird banding. A great chance to see some birds up close. Participants should gather near the white house when you first enter the station property.


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

Fantastic Fungi — Movers and Shapers of Forest Ecosystems
Thursday, June 29, 7:00 pm
Fungi are often overlooked and definitely underappreciated. Yet these diverse and highly evolved organisms are critical to function of forest ecosystems. Their varied lifestyles provide roles as symbiotic mutualists, nature’s recyclers, or disease-causing tree pathogens. Fungi profoundly influence the initiation, development, composition, stability, and change of forests. Join UW-Madison’s Dr. Glen Stanosz for a “fun-gi” filled talk about these amazing life forms!

Research in the Northwoods: Golden-winged Warblers, Woodcock & Young Forests
Thursday, July 13, 7:00 pm
Anna Buckardt is a Master’s candidate at the University of Maine spending her second summer at Kemp Station. Join her for a look at her research! Anna has been monitoring American Woodcock and Golden-winged Warbler in managed forest areas on private properties in Northcentral Wisconsin. Part of her study is also to understand the potential for these landowners to act as citizen scientists. She will also discuss how she is using geolocator technology to understand the migratory path of Golden-winged Warblers to better inform the conservation strategy for this declining species.

A Journey through the Seasons
Monday, July 17, 7:00 pm
Be transported through the seasons during this beautiful 40-minute nature photo presentation by local hobbyist Mark Westphal. With the majority of the photos taken in Northern Wisconsin and many of the subjects found in Vilas and Oneida Counties, the photos feature a wide variety of native bird and mammal species. The program focuses on a special kind of beauty found throughout the seasons and reminds us to look, listen and appreciate the moments that are right before our eyes.