Hi Everyone,

Out of concern for our visitors, staff, and volunteers and in support of Wisconsin's Department of Health’s community mitigation strategy for COVID-19, all classes, programs and events will be cancelled until such time that we are informed by public health officials that it is safe to resume programming and events. As of now, we will be cancelling all programming through May 26th to mirror Wisconsin's 'Safer at Home' order.

While social distancing is being encouraged, it doesn't mean you need to stay indoors! Take a hike, pull out your bike, look for hibernators and new plants emerging, or simply soak up some sun in your favorite outdoor space. It doesn't take much to experience nature's healing ways. 

Please check back for updates.

Stay Well, 

Ashley Goldbeck
Lead Naturalist
Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks, Inc.

 

Free May Events

Animals of the Willow Children's Hike

Saturday, May 9 Hike leaves at 10 am sharp. Meet at the Willow River Nature Center.

We are partnering in PowerUp week to help kids and families be active in the St. Croix River Valley (Visit powerup4kids.org/week to learn more!). Kids ages 3-12 are welcome to come on this 1/2 mile hike (Hidden Ponds Trail). We will learn about the animals that make up this park and meet some live ones after the hike. 
This event is free to attend but vehicle admission into the park is required.

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Geocaching in The Park

Saturday, May 16 from 1-3pm 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 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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Let's Talk Trees!

Saturday, May 23rd. Hike leaves at 10am sharp. Meet at the Purple Trout Brook Trail.

Trees are fascinating in so many different ways. Here in Wisconsin we have several different kinds of deciduous and coniferous trees. Come learn how to identify these trees, and how each tree benefits us, the wildlife and the environment around us. There will be field guides provided for you to borrow to help identify trees as we go.

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Long Skinny Snakes and Totally Turtles!

Saturday, May 23rd 1-3pm at the Beach/Picnic Area. 

Drop in anytime from 1-3pm and learn about two types of Wisconsin Reptiles and even meet live versions. 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! Event is free but vehicle admission into the park required.

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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.

 

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