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Who We Are

The Friends of Willow River & Kinnickinnic State Parks is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 1990.  We are a network of volunteers who have “adopted” State Parks. We work with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to organize and fund supplemental park programs, projects and events. 

Our Mission:

To enhance the Parks’ natural environment and engage visitors through recreation, education, and conservation.


•Full-time Naturalist

•Willow River Nature Center 

•Year-round educational and recreational programming/events for visitors of all ages

•Interpretive, stewardship and citizen science projects

•Equipment/machinery purchases for park maintenance and trail development

•Year-round volunteer opportunities 

How Do We Do It?:

•Fundraising & Grants



•School Field Trips & Outreach Programs

•Canoe, Kayak & Snowshoe Rentals

•Giftshop & Firewood Sales

We Can’t Do It Alone! 

We’re working hard to raise awareness of our small nonprofit, so we can gain additional support, expand our staff and build a new Nature Center that will allow for more educational and recreational programming, community-use, interpretive exhibits and more!

How You Can Help:


•Become a Friends member


•Help us spread the word!

Board of Directors

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