July Events

All events are FREE to attend but vehicle admission into the park is required!

Wildflower Hike!

Saturday, July 3rd hikes leaves at 10am. Meet at the Willow River Nature Center.

Join the Park Naturalist on a colorful hike and identify several different types of wildflowers. We’ll also look at some edible, invasive and poisonous plants too. Feel free to bring your favorite field guide along with you and we'll bring a couple of our own too.

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Long Skinny Snakes and Totally Turtles!

Saturday, July 3 at 2pm. Outside of 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!


Discover the Willow 6 Mile Hike

Saturday, July 10. Hike leaves at 10am. Meet outside the Willow River Nature Center.

Get some fresh air and join the naturalist on a 6 mile hike where you will discover some of the most beautiful sights at Willow River State Park. This hike takes you along the Willow River, above Little Falls Lake and up close and personal to the Willow Falls. Along the way, you will venture through a variety of habitats including wetlands, prairie, river bottoms, and mature deciduous and coniferous forests. The terrain varies throughout the hike and includes some very steep hills. The hike will take roughly 2 ½ -3 hours to complete. Please dress for the weather and bring along, water, good hiking boots, binoculars, and a camera if you wish.

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Edible and Regretible Plant Hike!

Saturday, July 17 at 10am. Meet at the Trout Brook Trail (purple trail) heading.

Join the Naturalist on a hike and discover naturally edible and delicious plants you can find right in your backyard. Though some are delicious others are deadly so we will cover poisonous plants as well and identify wildflowers as we go to. We will have a small number of field guides to supply for the hike but please feel free to bring your favorite guide along!

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The Rangers and Wardens of The Willow!

Saturday, July 17 from 5:00-6:00pm. Meet Behind The Willow River Nature Center.

Come meet the Rangers and Wardens of Willow River State Park and learn what their jobs are all about! Roast marshmallows by the campfire as they share some of the work they do to protect and conserve the park. Bring any questions you have along with you as well as a camera if you'd like to get a photo with them!

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Summer Scavenger Hunt!

Saturday, July 31 from 10AM-Noon. Meet at the Willow River Nature Center.

Get outside and join us for a scavenger hunt! 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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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.