Free December Events

Winter Welcome Hike!

Saturday, December 4 at 10 am sharp. Meet at the Willow River Nature Center. 


Join the Naturalist at Willow River State Park and greet winter with a 4-mile hike showcasing some of the best snowshoeing trails in the park. This hike offers a more rugged yet scenic route to the Willow Falls for hikers and snowshoers at a time when most park trails are limited to skiing only. This will be a great opportunity to learn about other winter hiking and snowshoe accessible trails at both Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park!


Christmas Story Outdoor Exploratory!

Saturday December 11 from 1-3pm. Meet outside the Willow River Nature Center.

Christmas is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with some fresh air, stories and smiles?! 

Join us at the park for some fun and fictional exploration. Search for several holly-jolly stories within the park and make note of your merry work. Bring back your list so we can check it twice and receive a participation prize for being oh-so-nice!

Come dressed for the weather and prepared to hike and possibly even drive to different locations within the park! This is a great family activity with a variety of stories that everyone can enjoy.

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Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt!

Saturday, December 18, from 1–3 PM. Meet at The Willow River Nature Center.

Join us at the Nature Center for a holly-jolly scavenger hunt along the Hidden Ponds Nature Trail. Search for items, solve riddles, and jingle all the way as we celebrate one of the most wonderful holidays of the year!

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Don’t Forget About Our Preschool Young Naturalist Classes!

Every Wednesday or Thursday 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

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