Nordic Ski Club Of Milwaukee

All Events

Our current 4 month calendar

The Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee welcomes newcomers and prospective members to any of our events.

To add an event, email details to nordicskiclub.mke@gmail.com.

The Nordic Ski Club will occasionally list events sponsored by other organizations. The Club and these other organizations are separate and distinct. The Club provides information without compensation about other events solely as a service to members or guests who may be interested in such outings. The Club has no control or voice in managing these events.  Members and guests should exercise their own judgment and participate in these events cautiously and at their own risk.


Upcoming events

    • Sunday, September 27, 2020
    • 2:30 PM (CDT)
    • Lapham Peak Unit, Kettle Moraine State Forest; W329 N846 Cty C, Delafield, WI

    Join us at Lapham Peak, Homestead Hollow parking lot, at the Mike Ford shelter on Sunday, September 27 at 2:30.  (If this area is unavailable, we will move to the picnic tables in the hollow near the Trecker Lodge.)

    For those of you who would like to take a hike beforehand we will leave the Homestead parking area at 1 pm.

    Scott and Elly Miller will provide 150 stones with a base color on them. Cathy Ward will provide the paints, brushes etc.  

    Google: rock painting ideas for kids to take, hide or place on hiking trails or in parks. A lot of ideas are out there. You can also bring a permanent marker to write on the stones: believe, trust, hope, dream, family, you are perfect or beautiful, etc. If you want to bring a few stones that you find in your yard to add to the mix, feel free to bring whatever you want. A plain gray stone is very pretty to paint on too.

    Contacts for the event are Elly Miller ridgetop2@charter.net and Cathy Ward cward4@att.net 262 227-4551.

    We ask that you please wear a mask during the rock painting.

    The Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee (NSCM) will continue to practice social distancing and the use of face masks, as recommended by the CDC and Wisconsin authorities. Know that your participation in any event is at your own risk. Before attending any NSCM outing or event, please check with the event leader. Use good judgment and continue to keep us all safe.


    • Friday, October 02, 2020
    • 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • 1800 Forest Exploration Dr., Wauwatosa

    What a surprise to find this tall-tree, 60-acre, filtered-light forest in the heart of Wauwatosa, west of Milwaukee. Walk this easy, one-mile, newly graveled path at the Forest Exploration Center off Swan Blvd. You'll travel through a maple-spruce woodland with remnants of old beech trees. The non-profit Forest Exploration Center's goal, in conjunction with Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources, is to create "a model of sustainable forestry and educational outreach." Morning, after rush hour, is the best time to trek through this second-growth forest.

    Gary Braun will lead Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee hikers starting at 9:30 am on Friday, October 2. After the forest walk, Gary will direct you to a nearby treeless trail (about 3 miles) circling the water-retention area near Underwood Pkwy. He will not accompany you on this easy path, where you’ll find fields of wildflowers. Porta Potties and parking are at the starting point, 1800 Forest Exploration Dr., Wauwatosa, which branches off from a round-about at Swan Blvd.

    Please call Gary Braun beforehand as the hike may be cancelled due to inclement weather: 414-527-0040 or cell 414-236-8460.

    The Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee (NSCM) continues to practice social distancing and the use of face masks, as recommended by the CDC and Wisconsin authorities. Know that your participation in any event is at your own risk. Before attending any NSCM outing or event, please check with the event leader. Use good judgment and continue to keep us all safe.


    • Saturday, October 03, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • Nashotah Park; W330 N5113 C.T.H. C; Nashotah, WI

    Join your fellow Nordics for a hike at Nashotah Park in Waukesha County on Saturday, October 3rd @ 9:00 am. Let’s plan on meeting in the parking lot by picnic area 1. We will hike the ski trails as they are plenty wide for social distancing. We can discuss how many miles we’d like to do once we gather, but most likely will plan on the 3-5 mile range. If the weather is comfortable, bring a box lunch and a lawn chair and we will continue the fun. You will need either a daily park sticker ($5 per car) or a Waukesha County annual sticker. If you have any questions, please call Chris @ 414-852-4155. Directions to the park can be found at:   https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/nashotah

    The Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee (NSCM) continues to practice social distancing and the use of face masks, as recommended by the CDC and Wisconsin authorities. Know that your participation in any event is at your own risk. Before attending any NSCM outing or event, please check with the event leader. Use good judgment and continue to keep us all safe.


    • Sunday, October 11, 2020
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Elite fitness center, 13825 W. Burleigh St., Brookfield, WI

    Hike through a newly opened park in Brookfield, Wis., that overlooks a private, hidden lake. On Sunday, October 11, the Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee will start a leisurely hike at 1 pm. Because this park off Lilly Road has limited parking, we will park nearby and walk to Hidden Lake Park.

    The path is all paved but is steep at one point as you head up a large cliff to view the lake 100 feet below. The path, cut through formerly rough terrain around an old quarry, is relatively short. So we will continue the hike through low-traffic neighborhoods around Center Street.

    You can decide how long or short to make it; we'll give you directions back. We'll meet in the north end of the parking lot at Elite fitness center, 13825 W. Burleigh St. (set back from the road) just east of Lilly Rd. Then we'll walk a few blocks to the park and eventually circle back to our starting point. Note that there are no restrooms along our route. Please call hike leader Paula Brookmire to let her know you're attending: 414-527-0040.

    The Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee (NSCM) continues to practice social distancing and the use of face masks, as recommended by the CDC and Wisconsin authorities. Know that your participation in any event is at your own risk. Before attending any NSCM outing or event, please check with the event leader. Use good judgment and continue to keep us all safe.


    • Wednesday, October 14, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online Zoom Meeting
    Register

    The Milwaukee County Zoo's Adventure Africa elephant exhibit was opened to the public in 2019 and is the new home for the zoo's elephants and other African animals. It was constructed to meet the new AZA standards and provides substantial enhancements compared to the previous elephant area including many "enrichment" features for the elephants.

    John McCarthy will present a 45 minute behind the scenes tour via Zoom at 7PM on October 14 so you can have an African adventure from the comfort of your home.  John is a civil engineer and project manager with the consulting engineering firm of Graef in Milwaukee. He has been with the firm for 44 years and led the civil engineering design for this exhibit.

    In this informative and entertaining presentation, you will learn about the many challenges his design team faced including how to protect vulnerable utility lines running through the yard and the special soil mix required because it seems that elephants like to dig and to throw rocks!  

    You must register online by Tuesday, October 13 if you wish to "attend" this free Zoom meeting to obtain the confidential link to the program.

    A link to the Zoom program will be sent to registered participants via e-mail the morning of October 14


    • Saturday, October 17, 2020
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • Monches IAT Parking Lot on Cty K just north of Cty Q

    Let's hike the Monches segment of the Ice Age Trail. Much of the Monches segment traverses maple forest and parallels the Oconomowoc River. This segment is an out and back hike for a couple of hours. Meet at 10 am at the Ice Age Trail parking lot on County K just north of County Q.  For those who are interested after the hike, we can drive a short distance to a nature conservancy with a short uphill climb to a lookout deck with a great view.

    From Milwaukee, take I41/45 north to County Line Road (County Q) and go west 11.3 miles to County K; turn right and the parking lot is a short distance on the right. Call Paul at 262-547-4827 (H) or 262-309-1918 (C) with any questions.

    The Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee (NSCM) continues to practice social distancing and the use of face masks, as recommended by the CDC and Wisconsin authorities. Know that your participation in any event is at your own risk. Before attending any NSCM outing or event, please check with the event leader. Use good judgment and continue to keep us all safe.


    • Friday, October 23, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Greenfield Park Pavilion, 2028 S. 124th St., West Allis
    Register

    The music and mood of bicycling through Cuba will highlight the Oct. 23, 2020, meeting of the Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee. This Friday night event will be the club’s first in-person group meeting since February. Catch up with club members and get updates on winter events while still keeping socially distant. Learn about the club’s outdoor holiday event that will substitute for our annual dinner party. The club already had reserved Greenfield Park Pavilion and was happy to learn in late September that Milwaukee County, which had closed park buildings through September, was opening up some buildings in October. County safety restrictions include: a limit of 44 attendees, a requirement that all wear masks, chairs spaced at least 6 feet apart, and no food or beverages.

    Because of limitations, we ask that you register online if you plan to attend. After socializing, we'll have a slide show and presentation by club members who bicycled through Cuba in November 2018. 

    Where: Greenfield Park Pavilion, 2028 S. 124th St., West Allis
    What: Bicycling Through Cuba slides and talk by NSCM club members
    Date: Oct. 23, 2020
    Time:  7 p.m. socializing; 7:15 p.m. presentation
    Coordinator: Sally Heuer, smiles@metrodish.net



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