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  • Delavan-Darien High School Field Day

    Delavan-Darien High School students spent the day with KMLT at Delavan Lake to learn and work. Students learned about land management, and how we all play a role in ensuring our lands and waters are healthy. Click here to read more.


  • Elkhorn High School Field Day

    Elkhorn High School students came out to Petersen Island Woods Preserve on Lauderdale Lakes to learn about land conservation and water quality testing. Students rotated around four stations, each with a different task. Click here to read more.

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  • Third annual Spring Bird Walk

    On May 8th KMLT hosted our third annual Spring Bird Walk. Attendees experienced the thrill of learning to identify the songs of migratory song birds just returning to the area. Click here to read more.


  • Elkhorn Community Fund donation supports Day in the Woods with Elkhorn Area High School

    Kettle Moraine Land Trust is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Elkhorn Community Fund to support our Day in the Woods program. Day in the Woods is an immersive, educational field day program providing hands-on conservation experience to local high school students. This program gives students the opportunity to connect with nature and learn why conservation is vital for overall environmental health. KMLT thanks the Elkhorn Community Fund for their support of this program.

    John Henderson presents Elkhorn Fund education donation to KMLT

  • Whitewater High School Field Day at Bluff Creek State Natural Area - October, 12 2015

    Whitewater High School students returned to Bluff Creek State Natural Area for a unique, immersive conservation field day. Bluff Creek State Natural Area, located only minutes from Whitewater High School, provided a wonderful environment for hands-on learning, and putting conservation into practice.

    This field day connects students with their local natural environment to demonstrate the importance of managing land and protecting natural resources. By providing first hand, interactive conservation experiences, students have the opportunity to see how they can make a positive impact and improve local habitat.

    Students collecting native plant seeds

    This environmental education program was sponsored by We Energies Foundation, and The Coburn Company. More information about the field day can be found here.

  • Swan Lake Nature Ramble - October 3, 2015

    Nature lovers gathered at Girl Scout run Camp Alice Chester in early October for a friendly stroll through the beautiful rolling hills surrounding pristine Swan Lake. Maggie Zoellner, KMLT Program Director and Dan Carter, biologist and KMLT volunteer, led hikers through this unique and tranquil area, pointing out native plant species and answering questions about local ecology. Along with unspoiled vistas everyone got to see uncommon plant species such as the tiny trailing ground pine, learn about the importance of pollinators and biodiversity, and just enjoy the opportunity to visit this pristine natural space. Thank you to the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast for opening their trails for this KMLT special event!

    Dan Leading Ramble

    Trailing Ground Pine

  • Beulah Bluff Preserve Opening - June 19, 2015

    Stephanie, Eric and Kathy Tarman-Ramcheck (left to right) watch Bill Tarman-Ramcheck and Jerry Petersen, Kettle Moraine Land Trust president, cut the braided rope to officially open Beulah Bluff Preserve. Beulah Lake Management District’s Chairman, Dave Bitter (right) looks on.

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    Beulah Bluff Preserve was formally opened when the Kettle Moraine Land Trust recognized the Tarman-Ramcheck family for their dedication to protecting native prairie and woodlands that was formerly part of the family homestead.

    Beulah Bluff Preserve is located at the corner of Beulah Heights Road and Bakavi Way in the Town of East Troy. The Preserve is now owned and managed by the Kettle Moraine Land Trust and is located on a hilltop overlooking Lake Beulah. Beulah Bluff Preserve is open to the public for passive recreation and environmental education. For more information visit the Kettle Moraine Land Trust website,

    Recognition Plaque

    Stephanie, Eric, Kathy and Bill Tarman-Ramcheck receive a plaque from Kettle Moraine Land Trust president Jerry Petersen, honoring the family’s vision and commitment to preserve their former homestead as a nature preserve for the benefit of the community.

  • Prescribed Burn at Jackson Creek Preserve

    Introduction of fire into wetlands like the sedge meadows at Jackson Creek Preserve is a welcome disturbance. Without fire, woody shrubs like invasive Buckthorn become established and eventually force native plants out. When the native plants die out, the food they provided for wildlife disappears and the birds, butterflies and other native wildlife soon follow. Planned, controlled burns are an important disturbance event in wetlands that recycles nutrients, rejuvenates plant growth, and keep non-native plants from gaining a foothold.

    Monitoring Burn

    This April, KMLT successfully completed a controlled burn of Jackson Creek Preserve western section. Animals are least vulnerable to fire during this time of year. They are not reproducing, and the reptiles and small mammals are still hibernating. KMLT works with a professional, trained burn team to carefully plan and carry out controlled burns. The Trust’s management plan calls for only certain sections of the preserve to be burned at one time. This rotational burning results in unburned patches of refuge that mimic the conditions that would occur from a natural fire. Wild fires periodically burned through this part of Wisconsin prior to settlement, and were in part responsible for creating the native plant communities we have today.

    Click here to view a short video of the controlled burn moving along a section of wetland next to Jackson Creek.

    Click here to view more burn photos at Jackson Creek Preserve.

  • Elkhorn Community Fund Grant to KMLT

    This grant will support one of our field day programs, “Day in the Woods” with Elkhorn Area High School AP science students. Click here for the news release with more details about the grant.

    Elkhorn Fund Grant

  • Divine Word November Workday

    Even though winter was still a month away, it didn’t feel like it, as arctic winds dipping down into the Midwest caused workday temperatures to start off in the upper teens. KMLT board members, staff and volunteers scoffed at the frigid temperatures and launched the first volunteer stewardship workday at Divine Word Seminary. Our group worked collectively to cut brush, apply herbicide and make brush piles to improve the rare woodland ecosystem found on the site. Click here for more information about this project.

  • Whitewater High School Workday at Bluff Creek State Natural Area

    This fall two classes of Whitewater High School students had the unique experience of spending a day immersed in hands-on learning and scientific investigation at Bluff Creek State Natural Area. A ten minute bus ride was all the time it took for the students to discover a natural area teaming with plant and animal diversity. Not only did the students see how land managers foster plant and animal species diversity and resiliency, they joined in and learned by doing.

    The field day fostered an understanding of global environmental challenges, and gave the students a meaningful way to make a positive difference by acting locally. The Kettle Moraine Land Trust works to connect youth to their local natural resources in a manner that inspires them to be thoughtful leaders.

    This environmental education program was sponsored by We Energies Foundation and The Coburn Company, Inc. More information and a students impression of the day can be found here.

  • Beulah Bluff Deck Completed

    During September 4-6, 2014 the observation deck construction was completed! For photos of the work day activities, please click here.

    BBP Observation Deck

  • 4th Annual Community Event: Happy Hour at Lauderdale Lakes Country Club on August 23rd

    KMLT members and guests came to Myers Family Park at the Lauderdale Lakes Country Club for the annual celebration of Kettle Moraine Land Trust’s accomplishments. The weather was perfect and after everyone mingled, Debbie Ferrari, KMLT board member and event organizer, welcomed the guests and introduced Jerry Petersen, KMLT president.

    Debbie Ferrari Jerry Petersen

    Jerry talked about KMLT accomplishments, such as the progress being made on the new Beulah Bluff Preserve, and thanked the Legend Builders, who are members at the $1000 or greater level, saying they are the foundation of the Land Trust because of their commitment and support.

    Jerry then introduced Maggie Zoellner, program director, who discussed the importance of conserving our special lands and how everyone can play a part.

    Maggie Zoellner

    Maggie reminded everyone that working in concert with the community is the most efficient and cost effective way to protect important lands. Understanding each other’s concerns allows us to move forward in a united fashion and make greater gains than we would independently.

    She further stressed the importance of a proactive organization like KMLT, doesn’t let conservation opportunities fall through the cracks. KMLT builds strong networks of partnerships, identify funding sources, work collaboratively so landowners know that when they are ready to protect their property, to ensure future generations of grand kids and great blue herons, a place for respite.

    The Happy Hour at Myers Family Park was a typical Kettle Moraine Land Trust event – everyone learned something and had a lot of fun!

  • Legend Builders Club Reception at Lauderdale Lakes - August 9, 2014

    The inaugural event of the Legend Builders Club, a group formed to honor members who give $1000 or more, was held early in August at the home of Ed and Suzette Sorenson. Walker Johnson, KMLT Board Member and architect, gave a tour of the Arts & Crafts home and the Legend Builders had the opportunity to meet with KMLT directors and enjoy a beautiful summer afternoon.

    The Legend Builders are the backbone of Kettle Moraine Land Trust. They enable us to sustain our programs and inspire others to participate. For more information about becoming a Legend Builder, including membership benefits, contact Jerry Petersen, Walker Johnson or Maggie Zoellner, 262-949-7211.

    2014 Legend Builders Event 1

    2014 Legend Builders Event 2

  • Lauderdale Lakes Fish Jamboree

  • The Lauderdale Lakes Improvement Association’s Annual Fish Jamboree is certainly a high point for many area children every July. Young and old never miss the Kettle Moraine Land Trust’s Education Tent to see what exciting creatures are being highlighted. Thanks to volunteer Betsy Ingle and director Ken Ingle, the Trust hosts an interactive experience that helps people understand the unique relationship between water dependent wildlife, lakes and people.
    Click here for event photos.

    Every year the Trust’s environmental education message is modified to emphasize wildlife responses or adaptations to human interaction, or new changes in the environment. Stressing the importance of connections between people and our impact on nature is the starting point for fostering a lifelong connection with nature.

    Additional thanks also go out to Walker and Carolyn Johnson for their assistance in making the education tent a success.

    The Kettle Moraine Land Trust hosts many educational programs every year ranging from nature hikes and workshops, to education tents and high school field days. For more information contact Maggie at 262-949-7211.

  • Naure Walk at Natureland Park

    On July 2nd, the Kettle Moraine Land Trust hosted a tour of Walworth County’s Natureland Park. Natureland is located on the south shore of Whitewater Lake and hosts 4 hiking trails within its 122 acres. Participants, led by KMLT Program Manager Maggie Zoellner and County Arborist Steve Messick, walked parts of two trails, the Trail of Many Terrains and the Prairie Trail.

    Maggie discussed the many wildlife habitats in the park including streams, wetlands, prairies, and forest and identified many of the plants for the hikers. Steve explained how the planted pine forest in the park is being managed and improved.

    The Kettle Moraine Land Trust has recently agreed to partner with Walworth County’s Public Works Department to help manage the most important and ecologically diverse natural areas within the park.

    This Nature Walk was the second of three scheduled for this year by Kettle Moraine Land Trust. The next one will be the afternoon of September 6th so watch the website for more details.

    Tour Group

    Mary Herbstritt

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  • Volunteer Stewardship Workday

    Please call (262) 949-7211 for workday details!

    Natureland Park, June 11th 8:00AM-12:00PM
    W8338 Territorial Rd
    Whitewater, WI 53190
    Join us in restoring native prairies and shorelines and removing invasive species.

  • Nature Nourishes

    In Touch with Trees
    June 18 10:00AM
    Tripp Lake Park, Whitewater
    Come explore Nature and let it Nourish your Body & Soul. Find out how trees nourish us and how trees can grow delicious mushrooms safely and easily in your own backyard.
    Admittance is free with the donation of non-perishable food items for Walworth County Food Pantries.
    Please Register!