Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center

Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center Velkommen til Norskedalen! Norskedalen (the Norwegian Valley), is a nature and heritage center dedicated to preserving, interpreting and sharing the natural environment and cultural heritage of the area surrounding Coon Valley in southwest Wisconsin.
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Norskedalen has so much to offer in so many different ways, exploring the natural beauty, regional history and traditional Norwegian heritage of the region. Regular Daily Admission Rates: Adult - $6 Child (k-12) - $3 Family (two parents and children under 18) - $15 Annual Membership Rates: Students (k-college) - $20 Individual - $30 Family (two parents and children under 18) - $45

Mission: To preserve and interpret the natural environment and cultural heritage of the region, to make people aware of and sensitive to these resources and to provide educational opportunities at all levels through its arboretum, nature and heritage centers, and staff - both volunteer and professional.

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Looking for something to do today? Take the self-guided Moving History tour at Norskedalen - all you need is your cell p...
11/14/2020

Looking for something to do today? Take the self-guided Moving History tour at Norskedalen - all you need is your cell phone!

Fun Facts about Wisconsin Wildlife: BadgerWisconsin's state animal, "The Badger"; is known for his eye-catching markings...
11/13/2020
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Fun Facts about Wisconsin Wildlife: Badger

Wisconsin's state animal, "The Badger"; is known for his eye-catching markings. If you ever get the opportunity to see this animal, treasure it. Just make sure that you stay a safe distance away because they are very defensive. Wisconsin Badgers are not animals to be messed with. They can get up to twenty-nine inches long. Their tail alone is five inches! The Wisconsin Badger's weight differs between spring and winter. In the spring the average weight of this animal is nineteen pounds. The wintertime weight is usually around twenty-six pounds because they need the extra weight to keep warm.

Take a minute to complete the puzzle - it’s a photo of something at Norskedalen!
11/13/2020
A Jigsaw Explorer Jigsaw Puzzle

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Just one of the ways that bird migration gives us clues on environmental changes.  https://birdcast.info/news/hidden-mig...
11/11/2020
Hidden migration: White-breasted Nuthatches on the move - BirdCast

Just one of the ways that bird migration gives us clues on environmental changes.

https://birdcast.info/news/hidden-migration-white-breasted-nuthatches-on-the-move/?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=758da40403-Cornell-Lab-eNews-November-2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-758da40403-322389867

Yes, you read the title right— WHITE-breasted Nuthatches! Long overlooked as a humble resident of forests and feeders across North America, the *other* migrating nuthatch is finally getting deserved recognition for its irruptive travels.

Thank a veteran today!This photo was taken in Coon Valley in 1944 by Walter Sanders for Life Magazine.
11/11/2020

Thank a veteran today!

This photo was taken in Coon Valley in 1944 by Walter Sanders for Life Magazine.

Make a difference this holiday season. When you shop through AmazonSmile you can support Norskedalen and our mission!
11/10/2020

Make a difference this holiday season. When you shop through AmazonSmile you can support Norskedalen and our mission!

Exploring Nature through Sound and Musichttps://academy.allaboutbirds.org/live-event/exploring-nature-through-sound-and-...
11/09/2020
Exploring Nature Through Sound and Music | Bird Academy • The Cornell Lab

Exploring Nature through Sound and Music

https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/live-event/exploring-nature-through-sound-and-music/?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=758da40403-Cornell-Lab-eNews-November-2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-758da40403-322389867

Spotted ow Science and music combine to tell the stories of species from around the globe! Join staff from the Cornell Lab's Center for Conservation Bioacoustics as we explore how and why animals make sound and how these sounds can be used for conservation. Visit California’s Sier ...

11/09/2020
Frustrated trying to get great photos of beautiful birds?  Here's some tips from the pros:https://www.allaboutbirds.org/...
11/08/2020
4 Ideas for Your Feeder Setup That Deliver Great Bird Photos

Frustrated trying to get great photos of beautiful birds? Here's some tips from the pros:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/4-ideas-for-your-feeder-setup-that-deliver-great-bird-photos/?utm_source=Cornell%20Lab%20eNews&utm_campaign=758da40403-Cornell-Lab-eNews-November-2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-758da40403-322389867

From the Autumn 2020 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now. One of the best places to work on your photographic skills, capture lots of action, and build a nice portfolio of passerine subjects is right in your own backyard. There are many excellent books and online resources dedicated to b

Counting birds and their migration patterns can tell us much about the health of our environment.  Great Britain chose t...
11/07/2020
How to Participate - FeederWatch

Counting birds and their migration patterns can tell us much about the health of our environment. Great Britain chose to not count the common House Sparrow, and now they realize that not doing so allowed them to miss important changes in Britain's environment. Here's what they say about it:

“In Britain we are worried about our House Sparrows. We know that in North America they are introduced pests, but we could do with some of yours! We think our story has some important lessons for programs that monitor wildlife. In the 1960s and early 1970s, we thought that sparrows were just a nuisance—they were so numerous and difficult to count that we asked our volunteers not to count them on our Common Birds Census between 1962 and 1974. What fools we were! We lost valuable information at a stage when they were doing well, leaving a big gap in our knowledge. The lesson is surely that we need to monitor all our wildlife, particularly the common species. It is these common and widespread species that are perhaps the best barometers of the health of our own environment, as we too are a very common and widespread species.”

Would you like to help the environment in a cool, rewarding way? Check out how to join Feederwatch:

https://feederwatch.org/about/how-to-participate/?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=758da40403-Cornell-Lab-eNews-November-2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-758da40403-322389867

Counting Birds is as easy as 1-2-3 Choose your site 1 Count the birds that visit 2 Enter your data online 3

The La Crosse & Southeastern Railroad was built by W.S. Cargill. It was designed to provide convenient service from Viro...
11/07/2020

The La Crosse & Southeastern Railroad was built by W.S. Cargill. It was designed to provide convenient service from Viroqua to La Crosse with stops in Westby, Coon Valley, Chaseburg, and Stoddard. The railroad was completed in 1905, hauling freight and passengers. With car and bus travel becoming more popular and the stock market crash in 1929, LC&SE was sold to Milwaukee Road in 1933.

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11/06/2020
A Jigsaw Explorer Jigsaw Puzzle

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Take a minute to complete the puzzle - it’s a photo of something at Norskedalen! https://jigex.com/ogrs
11/06/2020
A Jigsaw Explorer Jigsaw Puzzle

Take a minute to complete the puzzle - it’s a photo of something at Norskedalen! https://jigex.com/ogrs

This jigsaw puzzle is presented within Jigsaw Explorer's premium jigsaw puzzle web app. Anyone can use this web app to play their own photos as jigsaw puzzles, or choose from the thousands of beautiful jigsaw puzzles available at the Jigsaw Explorer website.

Kulning is a high-pitched herding call used by women throughout centuries in Nordic herding culture. Learn more about ku...
11/05/2020
Why Sweden’s Ancient Tradition of Calling Home the Herds Is Women’s Work

Kulning is a high-pitched herding call used by women throughout centuries in Nordic herding culture. Learn more about kulning and the independence women found in in the mountains of Sweden:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-swedens-ancient-tradition-calling-home-herds-womens-work-180975904/?utm_source=smithsoniandaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200928-daily-responsive&spMailingID=43565487&spUserID=MTExNzc3Mjg4MjM5NAS2&spJobID=1842373495&spReportId=MTg0MjM3MzQ5NQS2

The spellbinding refrains of the kulning call reflect a tradition that offered women freedom and independence

Winter finches, waterbirds, and a long list of rarities headline this week’s report. After a very poor year in 2019, the...
11/03/2020

Winter finches, waterbirds, and a long list of rarities headline this week’s report. After a very poor year in 2019, the “winter finches” are already defying predictions by showing in excellent diversity and numbers. First it was purple finches and pine siskins, then came both white-winged and red crossbills, and now it’s common redpolls and evening grosbeaks, the latter showing at feeders statewide for the first time in years. Northern birders are also finding pine grosbeaks and, to a lesser extent, Bohemian waxwings. Attract many of these species with black oil sunflower seeds and a water source. Redpolls and siskins also enjoy nyjer (thistle), while spruces with good cone crops offer the best chance of spotting white-winged crossbills. Weedy fields, fruiting shrubs, and seeds of ash, maple, and boxelder are also places to watch.

Waterbirds have moved in significantly since our last report. Lake Michigan is hosting large numbers of red-breasted mergansers, increasing numbers of long-tailed ducks, all three scoters, a variety of diving ducks, and both common and red-throated loons. At our western border, the Upper Mississippi River now features huge numbers of canvasbacks (50% of the continental population uses this flyway), high numbers of pintail and wigeon, and a wide variety of divers and dabblers. Also, look for thousands of tundra swans there now, especially near the Brownsville, Minnesota, overlook south of La Crosse. Elsewhere in Wisconsin, Madison Audubon’s Goose Pond Sanctuary, Horicon Marsh, and Crex Meadows SWA are great places for waterbirding this time of year, as are many other high-quality lakes and wetlands.

Sandhill cranes continue to stage in large flocks. A few shorebirds are holding on, especially dunlin, greater yellowlegs, and black-bellied and American golden-plovers. Rough-legged hawks are particularly plentiful this year so expect better than average numbers until deeper snowcover persists. Short-eared owls have also arrived to similarly open, rodent-rich habitats, where you might also find horned larks, snow buntings, and American tree sparrows.

It was an incredible 10-day stretch for rare birds, which included a black-throated gray warbler in Dane, mountain bluebird in Dodge, Anna’s hummingbird in Winnebago, brant in both Kewaunee and Manitowoc, spotted towhee in Sauk, little gull and Pacific loon in Bayfield, Sabine’s gull and Townsend’s solitaire in Ashland, harlequin ducks in Ozaukee and Milwaukee, summer tanagers in La Crosse and Ozaukee, American avocet in Dane, Ross’s geese in a few locations, and a few likely hoary redpolls from several sites. The week ahead is forecast to be warm with southwest winds, which should mean fewer arrivals from the north for now and the potential for rare southern species to wander northward. The mild conditions also lend great opportunity to get out and enjoy the swan spectacle, view the waterfowl migration, or seek out those wonderful winter finches. Help us track their movements by reporting your finds to www.ebird.org/wi. Good birding!


– Ryan Brady, DNR Natural Heritage Conservation Program biologist

Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center
11/02/2020

Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center

Ghoulees in the Coulees 2020 is in the books! What a wonderful weekend it was, too!

More than 2.500 visitors came through our gates to celebrate Halloween with us last weekend. In lieu of admission, we asked for gifts of cash and/or non-perishable food items. My goodness but you were all so generous with your giving! Here's just a few photos of all the food that was given; our best estimate is well over $3,000 in non-perishable food items will go to those in need as a result of your gift at Ghoulees in the Coulee!! Vernon Electric Cooperative will help us distribute this to food pantries throughout the area.

Thank you so much for your gift, and for sharing this Halloween season with us at Norskedalen!

Ghoulees in the Coulees 2020 is in the books! What a wonderful weekend it was, too!More than 2.500 visitors came through...
11/02/2020

Ghoulees in the Coulees 2020 is in the books! What a wonderful weekend it was, too!

More than 2.500 visitors came through our gates to celebrate Halloween with us last weekend. In lieu of admission, we asked for gifts of cash and/or non-perishable food items. My goodness but you were all so generous with your giving! Here's just a few photos of all the food that was given; our best estimate is well over $3,000 in non-perishable food items will go to those in need as a result of your gift at Ghoulees in the Coulee!! Vernon Electric Cooperative will help us distribute this to food pantries throughout the area.

Thank you so much for your gift, and for sharing this Halloween season with us at Norskedalen!

11/02/2020

A bit of reflection on a Monday morning....

11/01/2020
Happy Halloween! Tonight’s the last night to get your scare in Poplar Coulee!
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! Tonight’s the last night to get your scare in Poplar Coulee!

Join us for Night 2!
10/30/2020

Join us for Night 2!

Join us for family-friendly night tonight!
10/29/2020

Join us for family-friendly night tonight!

We LOVE the jack 'o lanterns you carved for us!!!  Thanks so much for your help!
10/28/2020

We LOVE the jack 'o lanterns you carved for us!!! Thanks so much for your help!

The La Crosse Skills Enrichment clients carved pumpkins today---thank you Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center for giving us pumpkins to carve for their Ghoulees in the Coulees Drive Thru on Halloween night! 🎃 And an additional thanks to Thrivent Financial for giving us shirts in which to carve the pumpkins!

10/28/2020

Just because everyone needs a waterfall moment on a Wednesday!!

Now hiring Troll Hunters.
10/27/2020

Now hiring Troll Hunters.

10/26/2020

Ok, this was just a few days ago....time just flies! Let's enjoy the colors one more time, shall we?

Happy #NationalArtDay! This was painted by Lars Halvarson Gjerde. He was born on January 8, 1894 and emigrated from Stav...
10/25/2020

Happy #NationalArtDay! This was painted by Lars Halvarson Gjerde. He was born on January 8, 1894 and emigrated from Stavanger, Norway to America in 1910. The painting depicts a stavkirke or stave church. Stave churches were constructed in northern Europe during the medieval period. Originally much more widespread, most surviving stave churches are located in Norway.

10/24/2020
Birding and bird conservation | Wisconsin DNR
10/24/2020
Birding and bird conservation | Wisconsin DNR

Birding and bird conservation | Wisconsin DNR

Birding and bird conservation Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds and has thousands of people who enjoy birds. Explore the links below for information on birds, bird identification, birding locations and how to get involved in bird conservation efforts. Sign up for birding reports and oth...

The Master Pumpkin Carver has been busy!!!Join us on Sunday as hundreds of pumpkins become jack o' lanterns!!!
10/23/2020

The Master Pumpkin Carver has been busy!!!

Join us on Sunday as hundreds of pumpkins become jack o' lanterns!!!

“The concept of #friluftsliv has a natural advantage during a pandemic. While enjoying the outdoors in cooler weather, p...
10/23/2020
What is ‘friluftsliv’? How an idea of outdoor living could help us this winter

“The concept of #friluftsliv has a natural advantage during a pandemic. While enjoying the outdoors in cooler weather, people can avoid enclosed spaces where the virus spreads more easily.” https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/2020/09/how-norways-friluftsliv-could-help-us-through-a-coronavirus-winter/?fbclid=IwAR21EdWKKEQyV3CKL3jIR8H0siY16i0-q05s2LDkXRDGYXTK6sNgEmNcxP8#close

Get outside, says this Norwegian concept that promises to make the pandemic’s colder months more bearable.

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10/22/2020
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Public busing is not available. Private transport: take US Hwy 14 to Coon Valley, Wisconsin; take county road P north until it intersects with county road PI; take county road PI to the north and turn into Norskedalen's driveway, N455 O Ophus Rd.

General information

www.Norskedalen.org A 400 acre nature and heritage center with 9 miles of hiking/walking trails including a 1/2 mile handicapped accessible trail and arboretum; 1890s restored pioneer log farmstead with tours available; gift shop, museums, and year round programming, classes and events. We welcome you !

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

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+1 608-452-3424

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Hi, Norskedalen. More folkmusic from Norway. This time from Malselv in inner Troms county; Reinlender after Sverre Hauglid, in almost 1500 meters above sea level. Hope you like it: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gausdalsslekt/permalink/2801214910107839
Hi, Norskedalen. I am very proud how well you run Norskedalen, and taking care of the norwegian heritage. Among others, this what I want to share with you, Norweginan folkmusic and the Folldal song, Free in the mountains, an amazing performance: https://www.facebook.com/sim.magb/posts/4204378502968043
HELLO, LIKE MY TROLL HAT? From Norskdalen.
Will you be hosting a civil war days weekend this year?
Now that I know about it will visit as I'm in mpls. N I wonder how long it's been happening
Taken during the Civil War weekend 2019
Ghoulees 2019
Ghoulees 2019
Ghoulees 2019
Troll 2019
Ghoulees 2019
Penny wise and nun 2019