Free July Events

Endangered and Invasive Species Trivia Hike!

Saturday, July 6th at 10am sharp. Meet at the Trout Brook Trail (purple trail) heading.

Join the Naturalist on a hike and identify wildflowers, trees and invasive plant species along the Trout Brook Trail. We will put your knowledge to the test on some of WI’s endangered and invasive species as we go with a fun and educational trivia game! Field guides will be provided to help you identify plants and trees along the way!  Event is FREE, but vehicle admission into the park is required. Please call 715-386-9340 or email for more information.


Long Skinny Snakes and Totally Turtles!

Saturday, July 6th, anytime from 1-3PM at the Beach/Picnic Area.

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!


Wildflower Hike!

Saturday, July 13th hikes leaves at 10am sharp. Meet at the purple Trout Brook trail.

Join the park naturalist on a hike of the parks purple Trout Brook Trail where we will identify several different types of wildflowers. Sketch your favorites that you find along the way and learn fun facts about each one we find. There will be field guides provided for you to borrow to help identify flowers as we go.


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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Yoga in the Park!

Saturday, July 20th, 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. 

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Willow River State Park Presents: Meet the Ranger!

Saturday, July 20th at 2PM. Meet at the Nature Center.

Join Ranger Arik Feidt at the Nature Center and learn what a day in the life of a Park Ranger is all about! He will be sharing with us some of the work he does to protect and conserve the park. Bring any questions you may have to ask along, and a camera if you’d like to get a photo with him! Event is FREE, but vehicle admission into the park is required. Please call 715-386-9340 or email for more information.  This program is sponsored by the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park, Inc.


Falcons of the Driftless!

Saturday, July 27th, 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!


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.


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