ABOUT THIS LOCATION
Your quest for this Earthcache is a visit to Kettle Pond Park located at 5805 Old Middleton Road. This is a City of Madison Conservation Park so a regular geocache is not permitted here. Park hours are from 4 AM until one hour after sunset.
Conservation Parks have the following rules that need to be observed while visiting this location: 1) dogs are not permitted, 2) stay to the designated trails, 3) picnics are prohibited, 4) all plants and animals are protected, and 5) motor vehicles are restricted to the entrance/ parking lot area.
At Kettle Pond Park, neighborhood volunteers are helping with an ongoing oak savanna restoration project. Native trees, shrubs and wildflowers are being planted. Exotic trees and shrubs are being cut to foster oak regeneration and wildflower growth.
The retreat of the glacier 10,000 years ago left many 'kettle holes' in the Madison area. This pond surrounded by woods provides habitat for a variety of wildlife in this 8 acre park. It was neat because it is a pocket of nature surrounded by houses.
KETTLES are depressions created by partially-buried glacial ice blocks as they melted. The depressions that filled with water became kettle lakes.
Kettle Lake - Before
A block of ice is left behind by the retreating glacier. Sediments from the glacier bury the block of ice.
Kettle Lake - After
After the ice melts a depression is left behind. The kettle is dry if the water table is below the bottom of the kettle. A kettle lake forms if the water table is higher than the bottom of the kettle.
Enjoy your visit!
To log this earthcache, you must complete TWO tasks.
(please remember to stick to the trails)
1) The coordinates will take you to an edge of the Pond. Estimate the distance across this pond area. Email your answer when posting your "found it" log. During certain seasons, because the water table drops, it is possible for the Kettle to be dry. Do you best to estimate.
2) BRING YOUR CAMERA. We would like a photo of your team with your GPSr at Kettle Pond Park. However, if you are solo caching, a photo of your GPSr with enough of the location in the background that can be identified, will also be accepted. Please upload your photo(s) with your "found it" log.
Please be advised, failure to complete the TWO tasks listed above (emailing the answer and posting your photo will result in log deletion without notice.
You do NOT have to wait for confirmation from my AuntieNae before logging your find. Please do not make any reference to your answer in your log.
I hope you enjoy discovering this “pocket” of nature as we did. I was geocaching with my AuntieNae when we came across this area. I thought other kids might enjoy coming here too so we made this an Earthcache. Messa
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir
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Thank you to my AuntieNae for getting permission to place this Earthcache. She contacted Rhonda Veroeven who obtained permission from the Madison Parks representative. If you would like to place a cache in a city of Madison park you must contact her. To contact Rhonda please email at rveroeven wi-geocaching com or through WISearchers at GC dot com
Questions related to access, policies, regulation and protocol regarding geocaching in the City of Madison parks will be submitted to WGA liasion R. Veroeven who will report directly to James Weinstock, Parks Operation Supervisor.