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Memorable summer experiences offered at Kemp Natural Resources Station

Lodge at Kemp Natural Resources Station near Minocqua, Wis., Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Photo by Michael P. King/UW–Madison CALS.

Those in search of summer fun should consider attending one of the upcoming events at UW–Madison’s Kemp Natural Resources Station, located on picturesque Tomahawk Lake near Minocqua, Wisconsin. The station—which covers 231 acres of forest, marsh and bog, and supports diverse populations of wildlife—offers a wide variety of educational opportunities throughout the year to the general public in the form of field experiences, lectures and workshops related to various natural resources topics.

The following selection of upcoming summer events at Kemp Station are free and open to the public. For more information about a particular event, or to see the full list of programs offered, visit or contact

Kemp Station, located at 9161 Kemp Road, Woodruff, Wisconsin, will make a reasonable effort to provide accommodations for participants with disabilities when notified in advance. To request a disability accommodation, please contact or call (608) 846-3750 ext. 3 at least 10 days in advance of the event. Efforts will be made to meet same-day requests to the extent possible.

The Seasonal Round of the Ojibwe
Monday, July 15, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Explore the ‘seasonal round’ of the Ojibwe people with Jonathan Gilbert, biological services director with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. The ‘seasonal round’ refers to the various resources harvested by the Ojibwe people to meet their nutritional, ceremonial, medicinal and economic needs. This presentation will also explore the methods of harvest, the uses of these resources, how they are managed, threats to these resources, and their importance to Ojibwe people.

Wisconsin Insect Festival
Friday, July 26 – Saturday, July 27, 2019
This festival is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the diversity of Wisconsin’s insects and other arthropods with members of the UW–Madison Department of Entomology. Activities begin Friday evening and continue through Saturday. This first-time event will feature lectures and various educational activities. A main focus will be The Great Wisconsin Bug Hunt on Saturday, where participants can join entomologists and fellow insect enthusiasts in the field to see how many different arthropods can be observed at Kemp Station in a single day. All interest and skill levels are welcome.

In the Kitchen with Wild Game
Monday, August 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
You do not need to be a hunter to find yourself in a position to cook or eat wild game. There may be a hunter in the family, or you may have a friend or neighbor who hunts. Join Scott Craven, professor emeritus in the UW–Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, for an introduction to using wild game in meal preparation. Participants will learn about the nutritional characteristics of common game meats, how they should be handled in the field, how they should be stored to ensure top quality, and various ways to prepare game. Cookbooks will be available to review, recipes will be shared, and there will be some samples to try.

All Things Fungi Festival
Friday, August 23 – Saturday, August 24, 2019
This festival, which runs Friday evening through Saturday afternoon, features a variety of fungus-focused activities and sessions, including beginner-level mushroom identification and information on medicinal uses of fungi. On Saturday morning, participants will collect specimens from the forest of Kemp Station along with fungi experts and enthusiasts, and then discuss findings afterwards. Saturday afternoon will feature smaller group breakout sessions on a variety of topics. All interest and skill levels are welcome.