June Events

All events are FREE to attend (unless otherwise noted) but park admission is required. All outdoor events are weather dependent.  For more information on a certain event please call 715-386-9340 or email naturecenter@willowkinnifriends.org

Mindfulness Meditation and Hike

Saturday, June 4 and 18 at 9am. Meet behind the Willow River Nature Center.

$10 per session. 

You are welcome to come to one session or to both!

Registration will open soon!

Join Kelly Gillespie, a Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, as she guides you through a unique meditation that will aim to clear your mind, reduce anxiety, and relax your body by reconnecting with the slow, steady rhythms of the Earth, followed by a peaceful hike and journaling activity. These meditations are open to individuals ages 10 and up.

Questions? Contact Kelly at 612-475-9445

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Fungi in Our Forests!

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

Some of the tastiest mushrooms such as Maitakes, Chanterelles and chicken of the Woods can be found right here in St. Croix County; if you know where to look! Join us for a presentation where you’ll learn when, where and how to pick them yourself. 

Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/willowfungi

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Investigating Invasives -Plant Hike!

Saturday, June 11 at 10am.
Meet at the Willow River Nature Center.

Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/invasivehike

Join Wild Rivers Conservancy and the Friends of WR & KSP on an informative invasive species hike. We’ll start with a brief presentation, aimed to help you identify common invaders, while learning how they impact our natural resources. Then we'll put your knowledge to the test as we head out on a guided hike! Each attendee will receive a free WI Terrestrial Invasive Plant ID Guide and resources to go along with it. On the hike, we'll practice identifying and reporting common invaders and learn about prevention and management strategies. We hope you can join us for a fun and educational day out on the trails!

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Immersive Herbalism!

Saturday, June 18 at 10AM. Meet at the Nature Center.

$30 per session

Registration will open soon!

Join Nicole Wocelka, Clinical Western Herbalist, and Kelly Gillespie, Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, as they weave together the practical uses of plants and meditation. In each session, you will learn the anatomy and properties of nettles. This will be followed by a unique guided meditation that will allow you to quiet your mind and simply be present with the plant. Course materials are included in the class fee.

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Let's Go Fishing!

Saturday, June 25 anytime from 10am-noon. Meet at the Dam Picnic Shelter at the end of the park road.

How well do you know the fish swimming in our lakes and rivers?
We’ll put your knowledge to the test with several fish-related activities, or cast a line into Little Falls Lake and see what species you’ll find tugging on your line! We’ll have a few fishing poles available to use during the event but feel free to bring your fishing pole and tackle box along if you have one. All Participants ages 16 and older must have a WI fishing license to fish.

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Herb Walk

Saturday, June 25 hike leaves at 10am. Meet at the Willow River Nature Center.

Cost: $10 

Registration will open soon!

Join Nicole Wocelka, Clinical Western Herbalist, for an informative and engaging herb walk. Learn about the properties and practical uses of plants that grow in the park, and likely, in your own neighborhood.

  

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Summer Naturalist Classes!

Wednesdays from 10am-noon in June, July and August. Come to one class or to them all!

These classes are open to individuals and families with children of all ages. But please note that some classes may not be suitable for children under the 6-8 age range.

Each month there will be a major theme we'll focus on, but we'll learn something new together each week:​

June: Identification hikes on various trails throughout the park 

July: Kayaking on Little Falls Lake and up the Willow River 

August: Nature Crafts 

Learn more and register here: https://tinyurl.com/Junehikes

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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.