Hi Everyone,

Out of concern for our visitors, staff, and volunteers and in support of Wisconsin's Department of Health’s community mitigation strategy for COVID-19, all classes, programs and events will be cancelled until such time that we are informed by public health officials that it is safe to resume programming and events. As of now, we will be cancelling all programming through May 26th to mirror Wisconsin's 'Safer at Home' order.

While social distancing is being encouraged, it doesn't mean you need to stay indoors! Take a hike, pull out your bike, look for hibernators and new plants emerging, or simply soak up some sun in your favorite outdoor space. It doesn't take much to experience nature's healing ways. 

Please check back for updates.

Stay Well, 

Ashley Goldbeck
Lead Naturalist
Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks, Inc.


Free April Events

Geocaching in the Park

Saturday, April 4th 1-3 pm at the Willow River Nature Center.

Gather your friends and family and come geocaching in the park. Have fun with this treasure hunting activity by bringing an item to place into the caches you find if you wish to take one out. We will have a limited number of GPS units will be available. Please feel free to bring your own GPS unit or smartphone with the free geocaching APP if you have one.

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Reusable Reads and Signs of Spring Hike!

Saturday, April 11th from 10-11:30 am at the Willow River Nature Center

Make your own four season book out of old paper bags! Fill your book with your favorite things about spring, summer, fall, and winter and share it with your friends. Also a perfect idea to make your own herbarium, hiking journal, or scrapbook. Then join the Naturalist on a hike to fill in your book with signs of spring!

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Spring Scavengers!

Saturday, April 18th from 2-3pm at Willow River Nature Center.

Spring is in the air! Get outside and enjoy it with this fun treasure hunting activity. Search for items on a checklist throughout the park then come back to the Nature Center and collect a small participation prize!

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Earth Day Celebration at Lake Front Park! 

Saturday, April 25th from 12-3pm at Lake Front Park in Downtown, Hudson WI

Visit the Naturalist at Lake Front Park in downtown Hudson, WI where she and several other local organizations will be celebrating Earth Day. There will be environmental programs, activities and exhibits for the whole family to explore!


Don’t Forget About Our Preschool Young Naturalist Classes!

Every Tuesday or Wednesday from 10-11am bring your preschooler (ages 3-5) to the Nature Center to learn about all things Nature!

Classes include hikes, games, crafts, story time and more! Always come dressed for the weather and with plenty of water. 



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All events are FREE to attend (unless otherwise noted) but park admission is required. For more information on a certain event please call 715-386-9340 or email naturalist@willowkinnifriends.org

These programs are sponsored by the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park, Inc.


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