Free August Events

South Trail Hike

Saturday, August 3rd 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! Bring a good pair of hiking shoes and plenty of water to drink.


Healthy Kids Outdoors!

Meets once a month on Saturdays July 13 from 1-3pm, August 10 from 10am-12pm, and Sept. 14  from 1-3pm at Willow River State Park Nature Center.

Experience the outdoors with fun and educational activities geared towards wildlife and natural resources! Explore, observe, analyze, identify and learn to protect and conserve nature through hikes, hands-on activities and exploration of the outdoors. Enjoy a wholesome snack at each session to influence healthy food choices for growing minds. This program will encourage children to find comfort, excitement and new interests in the outdoors and inspire them to leave a few hours of screen time behind them each week. This program is geared towards children ages 6-12 and their families. Class size is limited. 


This program is sponsored by the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park, Inc, and is made possible by a Health and Wellness grant from the St. Croix Valley Foundation.

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Let’s Talk Trees!

Saturday, August 10th hike leaves at 1pm sharp. Meet at the Trout Brook (Purple) Trail Head.

Trees are fascinating in so many different ways. Here in Wisconsin we have several different kinds of deciduous and coniferous trees. Come learn how to identify these trees, and how each specific tree benefits us, the wildlife and the environment around us. There will be field guides provided for you to borrow to help identify trees as we go.


Yoga in the Park!

Saturday, August 17th, 2019 from 8:30-9:30AM. Meet at the Nature Center.

Come experience the beauty of Willow River State Park while learning how to incorporate yoga into your life. No experience is necessary as our experienced instructor will help you through a basic set of warmups, poses, breathing exercises, and deep relaxation. Come to one of the classes or to all. Bring your own Yoga mat if you have one -- we have a few, so if you need to reserve one, please let us know. 

Click here to register.

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Compass and Map Reading 101!

Saturday, August 17th from 1-3pm at Willow River Nature Center.

Have you ever wanted to take a backpacking or paddling trip but doubted your abilities to navigate yourself without getting lost? Or maybe opened a map and realized you have no idea how to read it? You’re not alone, many people feel the same way. Come and learn the basics of compass and map reading which will heighten your confidence in yourself and your abilities to orientate yourself. This class will also teach you how to get back to safety if you get lost in the wild. We will supply maps and compasses for the class.

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Wild Flowers and Pollinators!

Saturday, August 24th 10am at the Willow River Nature Center.

Join Ranger Tyler Busko at the Nature Center and learn all about prairies, wildflowers and pollinators. Tyler will explain the importance of both prairies and pollinators and how the decline of either one affects the environment around us. You will also get the chance to identify several native wildflowers growing here at the park and even create your own seed ball to plant! The event is free to attend but vehicle admission into the park is required. For questions or more information please call the Naturalist at 715-386-9340 or email at

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Falcons of the Driftless!

Saturday, August 31st, 2019 from 11AM-Noon. Meet at the Willow River State Park at the picnic/beach area.

This will be a great "all ages" opportunity to learn about these amazing native birds. Children are welcome, and don't forget your camera! How fast can a falcon fly? What makes them different from an owl or an eagle? What does it take to become a falconer? Bring your questions and curiosity about raptors! Abbey Krumrie is a Winona native and graduated from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a B.S. in Biology. She was a staff member at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, and then spent the last 4 years as Director of Education at the Raptor Education Group in Antigo, WI. She has recently moved back to our area, where she and her husband hope someday to start a raptor center. Come meet her and enjoy this fun and educational program!


Meet Albert and Clementine!

Saturday, August 31st from 2-3pm at the Willow River beach and picnic area.

Come meet and greet our friends Albert the Fox snake and Clementine the Corn snake and learn about fun and interesting snake facts. See and feel the difference between the two species with up close encounters. Afraid of snakes? Let these two change your mind, and learn how snakes are beneficial to the environment around us. Bring your questions and curiosity about snakes for the Naturalist to answer.


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

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


(715) 386-9340

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