Free June Events

Geocaching in the Park

Saturday, April 4th 1-3 pm at the Willow River Nature Center.

Gather your friends and family and come geocaching in the park. Have fun with this treasure hunting activity by bringing an item to place into the caches you find if you wish to take one out. We will have a limited number of GPS units will be available. Please feel free to bring your own GPS unit or smartphone with the free geocaching APP if you have one.

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Reusable Reads and Signs of Spring Hike!

Saturday, April 11th from 10-11:30 am at the Willow River Nature Center

Make your own four season book out of old paper bags! Fill your book with your favorite things about spring, summer, fall, and winter and share it with your friends. Also a perfect idea to make your own herbarium, hiking journal, or scrapbook. Then join the Naturalist on a hike to fill in your book with signs of spring!

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Compass and Map Reading 101!

Saturday, March 28th 10am at Willow River Nature Center.

Have you ever wanted to take a backpacking trip but doubted your abilities to navigate yourself without getting lost? Or maybe opened a map and realized you have no idea how to read it? You’re not alone; many people feel the same way. Come and learn the basics of compass and map reading, which will heighten your confidence in yourself and your abilities to orientate yourself. We will supply maps and compasses for the class. This event is also kid friendly! You are never too young to start learning, though I do encourage kids to be ages 8 and up.


Don’t Forget About Our Preschool Young Naturalist Classes!

Every Tuesday or Wednesday 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.


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