Free January Events

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First Day Of The Year Hike!

Saturday, January 1st at 10 am sharp. Meet at the Rattle Bridge Parking lot off of County Road E.

Unfortunately, we will be canceling the guided First Day of The Year Hike tomorrow as the weather is not presenting optimal or even safe hiking conditions. With a wind chill advisory of 25-35 below through tonight and tomorrow, frostbite can occur on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes. 


Please note that we will be hosting several other hikes this winter season. If you do decide to hike regardless, please make sure to keep your hike short, be familiar with the area you're hiking in, bring water with you and dress appropriately for the weather, wearing more layers than you would normally. 


We look forward to catching you on the next one! 

Happy New Year!

Who's Hibernating?!

Saturday, January 8 anytime from 1-3pm. Meet at the Willow River Nature Center. 

 

Some animals have the luxury of skipping the harsh winter weather by snoozing away in cozy dens and other homes. Come and learn about these sleepy animals that practice different forms of hibernation as well as those who face winter head on. 
Play a trivia game called “who’s Hibernating” along the Hidden Ponds trail and see how well you know Wisconsin Hibernators. Please dress for the weather and bring along, water, and good waterproof hiking boots.

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Let's Go Ice Fishing!

Saturday, January 15 from 12:30-2:30 PM. Meet at the Beach Pavilion.

Join Wild Rivers Conservancy and Naturalist Ash as we drill into the ice on Little Falls Lake. 
This program is geared towards youth, families and individuals new to ice fishing. Before dropping our lines in the water, we’ll go over: ice safety, fishing equipment, baits, electronics and more! We’ll have 30 fishing rods available for use during this event. Please bring along, drinking water, a bucket or chair to sit on and warm winter attire including: waterproof boots, gloves and pants as it can get cold out on the ice. 

 
Register for this event here: https://tinyurl.com/238ra7

Learn to Snowshoe at Willow River State Park!

Saturday, January 22 drop in anytime from 1-3pm. Meet at the Nature Center. 

 

Join the Friends group at Willow River State Park and learn to snowshoe! We'll provide basic instruction on how to snowshoe and then send you off to explore the park's snowshoe trails!

This event costs $5 (cash or credit accepted) and vehicle admission into the park is required.

The program will be run on a first come, first served basis. We have a limited number of snowshoes that will be available to use. Please dress for the weather and bring along water, and good waterproof boots and pants. 

Questions?
Send an email to: wrsnowshoe@gmail.com
Call or text: (715) 869-3695

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Winter Scavenger Hunt!

Saturday, January 29 from 1-3pm. Meet at Willow River Nature Center. 

Avoid getting cooped up inside and join us at the park for a winter-themed scavenger hunt! Search for items on checklist style scavenger hunts or solve riddles along the Hidden Ponds Nature Trail, then come back and collect a participation prize. 

Please dress for the weather and bring along water, and good waterproof boots and pants.

Learn to Snowshoe at Kinnickinnic State Park.

Sunday, January 30. Drop in anytime from 1-3pm. Meet at the parking lot on the lefthand side of the park road just before the Maintenance Building/Service Area.

Join the Friends group at Kinnickinnic State Park and learn to snowshoe! We'll provide basic instruction on how to snowshoe and then send you off to explore the park's snowshoe trails! 

This event costs $5 (cash or credit accepted) and vehicle admission into the park is required.

The program will be run on a first come, first served basis. We have a limited number of snowshoes that will be available to use. Please dress for the weather and bring along water, and good waterproof boots and pants.

Questions?
Send an email to: wrsnowshoe@gmail.com
Call or text: (715) 869-3695

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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.