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Get Outdoors!
to attend a nature program or event with family and friends.
Contact information
For information, contact:
Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area
13394 County Highway M
New Auburn WI 54757
715-967-2801 (fax)

Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area David R. Obey Ice Age Interpretive Center

Begin your visit to the Chippewa Moraine at the Ice Age Interpretive Center. Many hands-on and interactive activities are offered at the center including activity books, short films and displays about cultural, geologic and natural history.

The Ice Age Interpretive Center is the main stopping point for visitors to the Chippewa Moraine.Campers using the outpost campsites need to register at the interpretive center before heading out. Trail heads for the popular loop trails start from the center and there is access to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail just 30 steps from the front door.

The center is named for David R. Obey, former United States Congressman, who was instrumental in ensuring that the reserve and its interpretive center would be a showplace of glacial history and in extending the Ice Age National Scenic Trail throughout the state.


Some of the interpretive displays at the Ice Age Center. Photo by Jane Wester.The center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is closed on Mondays. The center is the main stopping point for visitors to the Chippewa Moraine and is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. Adults and children of all ability levels can see and use the exhibits.

Things to do

In the interpretive center, hold a snake, pet a turtle, dig for fossils, borrow snowshoes, watch a nature video, do a scavenger hunt, feed the fish a bug, discover how ice formed the Chippewa Moraine, try the voyageurs' paddle race or play voyageurs' tug-of-war.

To enjoy and identify native flowers, visit the rain garden, prairie wildflower garden and the wildflower and fern garden.

Wisconsin Explorer patchesBecome a Wisconsin Explorer and discover the natural world. Pick up a booklet at the nature center. The booklets are full of hands-on, exciting and educational activities. Complete at least half of activities and return it to any state park, forest or recreation area. Receive a patch and certificate for completing the activities.

See the Get Outdoors! Events Calendar for a list of all nature programs and events in Wisconsin State Parks.

Field trips

Last revised: Saturday March 10 2018