Free May Events

Geological Tour of Willow River State Park

Saturday, May 1st. Hike leaves at 1pm sharp. Meet at the Dam Picnic Shelter at the end of the park road.

Willow River State Park is an outstanding place to enjoy natures beautiful scenery and geological landforms. Lace up your hiking boots and join the naturalist on a 5-mile hike where you will discover several geological phenomena’s within the park, some dating back as far as 570 million years ago! This is a 5-mile hike and includes some hilly and rugged terrain. The hike will take roughly 2.5-3 hours to complete depending on how blown away we are by all of the sights we’ll see. Please dress for the weather and bring with you water, a snack, binoculars and a camera if you wish. 

The program is limited to 50 persons on a first come, first served basis.  Masks or facial coverings are recommended when in close proximity to others.

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Discover the Willow Hike!

Saturday, May 8 hike leaves at 1pm sharp. Meet at the Willow River Nature Center.

Join the naturalist on a 6 mile round trip hike where you will discover some of the most beautiful sights at Willow River State Park. This hike takes you along the Willow River, above Little Falls Lake and up close and personal to the Willow Falls. Along the way, you will venture through a variety of habitats including wetlands, prairie, river bottoms, and mature deciduous and coniferous forests. The terrain varies throughout the hike and includes some very steep hills. The hike will take roughly 2 ½ -3 hours to complete. Please dress for the weather and bring along, water, good hiking boots, binoculars, and a camera if you wish.

The program is limited to 50 persons on a first come, first served basis.  Masks or facial coverings are recommended when in close proximity to others.

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For the Love of Birds!

Saturday, May 15 from 1-3pm. Meet outside the Willow River Nature Center.

Drop in anytime from 1-3pm 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! 

The program is limited to 100 persons on a first come, first served basis.  Masks or facial coverings are recommended when in close proximity to others.

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Skulls, Pelts, Tracks & Scat!

Saturday, May 29 from 10AM-Noon. Meet outside The Willow River Nature Center.

Stop in and visit anytime from 10am-noon and get up close and personal to numerous animal skulls, pelts, and more! Identify different animal tracks and scat and learn interesting facts about several Wisconsin animal species. 

The program is limited to 50 persons on a first come, first served basis.  Masks or facial coverings are recommended when in close proximity to others.

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Long Skinny Snakes and Totally Turtles!

Saturday, May 29 from 2-3pm at the Beach/Picnic Area. 

Drop in anytime from 2-3pm 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! 

The program is limited to 50 persons on a first come, first served basis.  Masks or facial coverings are recommended when in close proximity to others.

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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.