Snow Much Fun

snow Snow Much Winter Fun! 

Hmm. So apparently the Mayans 122112mayanaprilfoolsday were a bit off with their calendar prediction.  Or perhaps we’ve just been cut and pasted into “The Matrix” and life continues with the illusion that nothing ever happened…   Well, for a while there it seemed as if it could have gone either way.  (If you believe all the stuff on the interwebs. *wink*)

Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy our beloved Kickapoo River Valley–there are ice caves at Wildcat State Park and the Kickapoo Reserve. (Photo via Valley Stewardship Network.)

So that means full-steam ahead for today’s amazing  Winter Fun in Vernon County post, (HOORAY!) highlighting events at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve (La Farge), Norskedalen (Coon Valley), and Living Waters (Westby) – plus a couple of extra snowy Winter Fun tidbits when you get to the end…

Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center, S3661 State Hwy 131, La Farge, WI. Activities subject to change due to weather conditions.
Click the picture above to see the full schedule of activities.
Snow much fun for the whole family — and most of it is Free!

The KVR Winter Festival is a wonderful family/community event that highlights fun winter activities such as skating, sledding, skiing, archery, snow sculpture slide, ice cave hikes, birds of prey presentation, face painting, horse-drawn bobsled rides, snowshoe exhibit, Tri-state Malamute Club sled dog race, weight pull, and mutt race. La Farge Lions Club hosts an annual chili and bread contest for the public. A Kickapoo Quick Auction of goods and services produced in the Kickapoo Valley raises funds for the KVR Education Program.
For more information visit

Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Winter Workshops for Homeschoolers

Every Friday in February, 2013

The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is hosting a series of Friday afternoon workshops in February for homeschooled students.  The Education Coordinator at KVR is currently a homeschool mom and is excited to present this series of fun, hands-on workshops.

Download the schedule here:
KVR workshops for homeschool feb 2013

If you haven’t had a chance to participate in the awesomeness that is the KVR, you definitely don’t want to miss this.  Some of the sessions are brand new, too!  Here’s an example of the classes being offered: Hands-on Chemistry, Birds in Winter, All About Owls, Winter Wildlife, Winter Wilderness Skills, Making a Field Journal.  There’s art, nature, music, science — and Ice Caves!

The KVR instructors are top-notch and provide a wealth of educational information.  Two programs for each age level (K-3 and 4th Grade and up) will run twice each afternoon.  Each child will be able to participate in both sessions offered for their age level.   Most programs will have an inside and outside component so please make sure that children dress for being outside in winter weather.  Each child will participate in both afternoon programs offered for their age level.

Cost: $5/child/afternoon. You may register your children for any or all Fridays.

Please contact KVR Education Coordinator, Jonel Kiesau to register your
child(ren)  or 608-625-2965
Registration deadline: January 18, 2013

Here is the direct link to the workshop information:

The registration deadline is January 18th, and programs will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

norsk snow skate

Nature and Heritage Center
Winter Education Days

January 30th, 31st & February 1st, 2013, 9am to 2pm each day.

Norskedalen’s Winter Education Days is an ideal way for your students to learn about winter wildlife, including topics such as habitat and survival methods, as well as human activity, recreation and safety in winter.  Students will be moving through approximately five stations throughout the course of a day; experiencing things like: flintknapping, snowmobile grooming and safety, snowshoeing, therapy dogs, winter pet care, sledding  – and hot cocoa!
Norskedalen Engum in SnowNorskedalen snowshoe

Don’t miss this opportunity to get outside, snowshoe, sled, and enjoy the season in a fun and educational setting.  Use Norskedalen’s  brand new snowshoes. Thanks to a grant by the La Crosse Community Foundation.

A full day of programming is just $5 per student.  Adults are $5.50 each. Any ages are welcome.  Please call Norskedalen at 608.452.3424 to register, or if you have any questions.


Homeschoolers:  you can call Norskedalen and register as an individual homeschool family or get a group of 15-20 homeschool friends together and go as a group!


Snow Days at Living Waters Bible Camp

Enjoy an afternoon of Downhill Tubing, Broomball, Cross Country Skiing, and Ice Skating, with lunch and hot chocolate included.

2013 Living Waters Snow Days Schedule!

January 27
February 10
February 24

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Cost: $5.00/person (Max of $20/family)

No registration required.
Contact Living Waters Bible Camp if you have any questions.


Camp Forest Springs
Winter Family Camp

February 10-13, 2013

Featured Speaker: Jay Seegert

Okay, so this is a bit further than I normally mention.  Camp Forest Springs is near Westboro, WI (97 miles northeast of Eau Claire/ 58  miles north west of Wausau.)

But it is in Wisconsin. And the featured speaker is someone I personally know!

(Some other time, maybe I’ll tell you the story of how Jay Seegert helped me come to know Christianity in a more meaningful way than I had ever done in my earlier life.  It has something to do with carbon. )

The three days include meals, plenty of recreational time to enjoy a wide variety of winter activities, and Bible sessions, one each morning and evening, geared to communicate to the whole family.

Activities include downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding, (rentals available), tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and winter games.

Winter Family Camp February 10-13, 2013


Just Some Snow Fun….

Snow Crystals  This site is amazing — all about snow crystals and snowflakes and their incredible complexity (science!) and beauty. There is a beautiful gallery of preserved snowflakes and ice crystals, and links to patterns to make real looking snowflakes out of paper, and activities like how to grow ice spikes in you freezer overnight.

Want to go where it’s snowing every day?  Visit Snow Day to make your own online snowflake to add to the snow day snowfall. My flake is # 11,487,626. Can you find it?

No two snowflakes are alike. Or are they?

Did you know that the shape of snowflakes is determined by chemistry?  Temperatures that each snowflake is exposed to changes the growth of the ice crystals as the flake makes it way through the air.

This short video from Bytesize Science will give you a nice overview of snowflake production and will help you understand why some snowflakes are unique, and why others aren’t.

Father/Son Weekend
January 25 – 27, 2013
Living Waters Bible Camp

A science-y link about snowflakes: 


Click here.

3-D Paper Snowflakes

3-D Paper Snowflakes
Click the picture for the step-by-step directions .

Go do something in the snow!


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