Free May Events

All events are free to attend (unless otherwise noted) but vehicle admission into the park is required.

All outdoor events are weather dependent. 

Trace-A-Track!

Saturday, May 7 anytime from 10am-noon. Meet at Willow River Nature Center.

Grab a track-rubbing booklet and hit the ½ mile Hidden Ponds Nature Trail where you will discover the tracks of several animals found living here in the park. Collect their tracks and silhouettes, learn fun facts, and collect a participation prize!

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Nature Meditation

Cancelled due to low enrollment

Join Kelly Gillespie, a Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, for mindful nature meditations outdoors. She will guide you through a unique 20-minute meditation that will aim to clear your mind, reduce anxiety, and relax your body by reconnecting with the slow, steady rhythms of the Earth. These meditations are open to individuals ages 10 and up.

Cost: $5 per session. 

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

Register at: https://www.hasewinkle.com/clinical-herbalist

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Mammal Trivia Hike

Saturday, May 14 anytime from 10am-noon. Meet at the Willow River Nature Center.

Hit the trail and enjoy a fun and educational hike where you’ll learn all about fur-bearing animals. We’ll have skulls and pelts for you to examine and feel while you play a hands-on trivia game along the Hidden Ponds Nature Trail to test your knowledge of Wisconsin mammals.

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CANCELLED: For the Love of Birds!

Cancelled due to the morning rain.

Drop in anytime from 10am-noon and enjoy a variety of activities focused on our feathered friends of the sky! Learn bird calls of several species, compare nests, feathers, and beaks of different species, go on a bird scavenger hunt and more!

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Immersive Herbology

Saturday, May 21 at 10am. Meet at the Willow River Nature Center. Registration is required for this event.

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 one particular plant. 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.

Cost: $30 per session.

You're welcome to come to one or to all sessions. 

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Remarkable Reptiles

Saturday, May 28 from anytime 2-3pm. Meet at the Willow River Nature Center. 

Stop in anytime from 2-3pm and learn about two very different but very important reptiles found living here at the park! You will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with 5 of our ambassador reptiles and understand why they are so important to the environment and the ecosystems they live in. Have a fear of snakes? Great! Come anyway and let us change your mind!

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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.