Nature Nooks Retreat & Kinship Place Conference Center
.... a beautiful place to simply be
OUR CHARTER is to protect and enhance biodiversity and carrying capacity, and to create a means of sharing both an appreciation for and a profound sense of belonging to Nature.
Nature Nooks Retreat and Kinship Place conference facilities on the West Fork of the Kickapoo invite you to:
- RELAX in private, amenity-filled cabins with big panoramic views.
- GATHER at Kinship Place for your business meeting, retreat or family reunion.
- ENJOY the natural beauty of the Driftless area and simply being in this geologically ancient, bio-diverse, unique Kickapoo Valley.
- PARTICIPATE in a wide variety of seasonal outdoor activities - hiking, bird watching, fishing, kayaking, skiing, cycling and more.
Nature Nooks Retreat...
- Situated on the West Fork of the Kickapoo River in the geographic center of the Driftless Area's 24,000 square miles of unique topography.
- Easy access to countless spring-fed streams in an area known as the center of cold water fishing heaven in the Midwest.
- Ten miles from the Kickapoo Reserve, 8,400 acres of wild recreational land with biking, hiking and skiing trails along the Kickapoo.
- Recreation areas of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers within easy access.
- 45-minute drive from the Sparta-Elroy bike trail.
- Premier bicycling on quiet, well-maintained roads available right from the cabin doorsteps.
- Amish artisans and shops nearby.
- Nearby Viroqua has it all - Farmers Market, shops, restaurants and the renowned Driftless Cafe and the Viroqua Food Coop.
The meandering mile of the Kickapoo West Fork River Valley that runs through the 90 acre property is full of wild life. You'll find brown trout, mammals of all sorts, and richly diverse bird, reptile and amphibian species. In addition to the kayak-friendly white water, pools and fishing holes of the river, there are several gurgling springs, a pond FULL of life, cattail and sedge marshes, acres of restored prairie and even some organic agricultural land. There are softwood bottom lands and hardwood forests with ridge-top views all connected by modestly maintained trails.
Stone artifacts found on the grounds of Nature Nooks Retreat show the area has been seasonally occupied for 12,000 years. One local wildlife specialist and conservationist has said this is "perhpas the most bio-diverse single property I have ever walked."
No matter what season, the quiet and diverse beauty of Nature Nooks reminds us of our connection with Nature and can restore the Spirit.