Family Tyke Hike – Indianhead Chapter

This hike is for the entire family while focusing on the joy of discovering nature through the eyes of the little ones. Hikers will cross the river on steppingstones and continue on to 280th Avenue for a total of approximately 2 miles. Shuttles will be available at the end of the hike to return participants to the parking lot.

The Straight Lake Segment travels through the heart of 3000-acre Straight Lake State Park, which contains the headwaters of two river systems: the Straight River draining southeast and the Trade River draining northwest. The landscape is hummocky with outcroppings of basalt bedrock. Because the bedrock is close to the surface, the terrain contains numerous ephemeral ponds, perched wetlands and marshes.

The park exists in a transition zone between two vegetative communities: the northern hardwood forest and the prairie forest. One finds an intermingling of species from both communities and here many plants and animals tighten northern and southern limits. The extensive block of oak forest approaches old-growth status. Black bear, red fox, river otter, gray tree frog, leopard frog and four-toed salamander are common.

NOTE: A Wisconsin state park sticker is required and can be purchased here.

LOCATION: We will meet at the Straight Lake State Park main parking lot. Click here for driving directions. Watch for yellow Ice Age Trail Event signs.

WHAT TO BRING: Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Bring insect repellent, sunscreen and water. Walking sticks are recommended while crossing the river. Don’t forget your camera!

Tyke Hike – Waukesha/Milwaukee Co. Chapter

The Hike:

Join us on a family-friendly hike to explore Wisconsin’s own Ice Age National Scenic Trail! We will explore a tyke-sized portion of Waukesha County’s Hartland Segment. Families with children of all ages are encouraged to attend!

Tyke Hikes are short, slow-paced hikes. Specifically, they can cover up to 1.5 miles over the course of 1-2 hours. Kids explore, discover and participate in natural play on these hikes. In addition, service opportunities may be included. Peter Dargatz leads the Tyke Hike. He is a forest kindergarten teacher as well as an Ice Age Trail volunteer. He often includes a picture book story, educational materials and certificates for children.

Tyke Hike Details:

This hike will start out at the beginning of the Hartland Segment trailhead. We will hike for approximately 45 minutes and return. There will be occasional stops for play and exploration. Hikers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes/hiking boots. Bring water.

Location Details:

The yellow Tyke Hike Signs will guide you to the meeting point at Hartland’s Centennial Park parking lot.

Contact Information:

Questions? Peter will answer them.

 

Get lost in the right direction with us!

 

Tyke Hike – Waukesha/Milwaukee Co. Chapter

The Hike:  – CANCELLED – With the wet conditions, more rain possible, and little chance of significant drying, tonight’s Tyke Hike is canceled. Sorry for any inconvenience, but we hope to see you next Tuesday at 10AM at Centennial Park in Hartland.

Join us on a family-friendly hike to explore Wisconsin’s own Ice Age National Scenic Trail! We will explore a tyke-sized portion of the Merton Segment in Waukesha County. Families with children of all ages are encouraged to attend!

Tyke Hikes are short, slow-paced hikes. They last approximately 1-2 hours and can cover up to 1.5 miles. These hikes focus on exploration, discovery, service opportunities and natural play. Peter Dargatz, a forest kindergarten teacher and Ice Age Trail volunteer leads the Tyke Hike. He often includes a picture book story, educational materials and certificates for children.

Tyke Hike Details:

This hike will start out at the beginning of the Merton Segment trailhead. We will hike for approximately 45 minutes and return, occasionally stopping for play and exploration. Hikers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes/hiking boots. Bring water.

Location Details:

The yellow Tyke Hike Signs will guide you to the meeting point at the Ice Age Trail parking lot off of E. Kilbourne Rd.

Contact Information:

Questions? Peter will answer them for you.

Please come “get lost in the right direction” with us!

Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter Tyke Hike

Join us for a winter hike at Lapham Peak in Delafield (click here for driving directions). Meet at the Homestead Hollow parking lot, about half a mile down the road after entering the park. Watch for yellow Ice Age Trail Event signs. Restrooms are available at this location. A Wisconsin state park sticker is required. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather, bring water, and always wear comfortable hiking boots or snowshoes if there is snow on the ground. Wheel & Sprocket rents snowshoes for all ages, and are located in the red barn near Evergreen Grove Shelter at Lapham Peak.

Families with small children are encouraged to come learn about Wisconsin’s outdoors and experience portions of our treasured Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Everyone is welcome, as this event is not only for families. Each session will begin with a short lesson about a particular natural topic before the group will head out to explore the trails and enjoy time together. Each hike is scheduled to last approximately one hour in length and between 1 – 1.5 miles.