Free August Events

Mound Trail Hike!

Saturday, August 8 at 10am sharp. Meet at the Mound Parkinglot off of County Road A (one mile NorthEast of the Main Park entrance.)

Join the naturalist and discover new trails at Willow River State Park! The mound trail hike was named after the glacial mound on the east side of the river. It runs along a quiet section of the Willow River which was restored after the mound dam was removed in the 1900’s. This 2 mile round trip trail brings forth beautiful views of the river, wildflowers, fungi, birds, and sometimes even otters!


The hike should take roughly 1- 1 ½  hours to complete. Please dress for the weather and bring along, water, good hiking shoes, sunscreen, bugspray, binoculars, a camera and a snack if you wish. 


There will be a $5 program fee and online registration is required. Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mound-trail-hike-tickets-114452963896

A 2020 Annual Wisconsin state park admission sticker is required on your vehicle in order to join us for this program.

COVID-19 Precautions are in place. The program is limited to 9 persons. Participants must maintain social distance of at least 6 feet from others. Masks or facial coverings are recommended. Hand sanitizer will be available.

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Long, Skinny Snakes and Totally Turtles!

Saturday, August 8 at 2pm. Meet at the Willow River Nature Center. 

 

Come learn about two types of Wisconsin Reptiles and even meet live versions; Albert the Fox Snake and Morton, Susie and Shelly our Painted and False Map Turtles! We will go over the anatomy, characteristics and behavior of both snakes and turtles and talk about why they are so important for our environment and the ecosystems they live in! 

There will be a $5 program fee and online registration is required. Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/long-skinny-snakes-and-totally-turtles-tickets-114455154448

A 2020 Annual State Park Admission Sticker is required on your vehicle to join us for this program. 

COVID-19 Precautions are in place. The program is limited to 9 persons. Participants must maintain social distance of at least 6 feet from others. Masks or facial coverings are recommended. Hand sanitizer will be available.

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Scavenger Hunt!

Saturday, August 15th anytime from 1-3pm. Check in with naturalist in front of the Willow River Nature Center.

Avoid getting cooped up with Covid and join us at the park for a fun and educational hike-based scavenger hunt. Search for items and solve riddles along the ½ mile Hidden Ponds trail and see how well you know your stuff about all things nature! 

A 2020 Annual Wisconsin state park admission sticker is required on your vehicle in order to join us for this program. 

COVID-19 Precautions are in place. The program is limited to 9 persons. Participants must maintain social distance of at least 6 feet from others. Masks or facial coverings are recommended. 

  

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South Trail Hike at Kinnickinnic State Park!

Saturday, August 22 10am sharp. Meet at the gravel parking lot on 770th avenue off of County Road F.

Join the Naturalist at Kinnickinnic State Park and discover her favorite hiking trail. This 3 mile hike takes you through several different habitats and offers beautiful views of the St. Croix River, along with a peak at the hidden falls. Along the way we can identify different species of flowers, trees, fungi, and if we’re lucky wildlife!


Please dress for the weather and bring along, water, good hiking shoes, sunscreen, bug-spray, binoculars, a camera and a snack if you wish. 

A 2020 Annual Wisconsin state park admission sticker is required on your vehicle in order to join us for this program. 

 
COVID-19 Precautions are in place. The program is limited to 50 persons by first come, first serve basis. Participants must maintain social distance of at least 6 feet from others. Masks or facial coverings are recommended.

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Let's Talk Trees!

Saturday, August 29 10am meet at the purple trail heading near Willow River Nature Center.

Trees are fascinating in so many ways. Join the naturalist on a 1½ mile hike and learn how to identify several different kinds of trees and discover how each one benefits us, the wildlife and the environment around us. Please dress for the weather and bring along, water, good hiking shoes, sunscreen, bug-spray, binoculars, a camera and a snack if you wish.

A 2020 Annual Wisconsin state park admission sticker is required on your vehicle in order to join us for this program.


COVID-19 Precautions are in place. The program is limited to 50 persons by first come, first serve basis. Participants must maintain social distance of at least 6 feet from others. Masks or facial coverings are recommended.

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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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