November Events

All events are free to attend but vehicle admission into the park is required. 

For more information call 715-386-9340 or email naturecenter@willowkinnifriends.org

Programming is sponsored by the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park, Inc, the park's non-profit Friends group.

Survival Without A Smartphone 101

Saturday, November 5 at 10am
Meet at Willow River Nature Center.

PLEASE NOTE: All seats are FULL for this event. If you would like us to add you to a waiting list incase of any cancellations, please email naturecenter@willowkinnifriends.org to hold your spot. 


Smartphones are great. They do a lot for us, no doubt. But they won’t help you if you get lost in the wild. Reception and battery power is not guaranteed, but your ability to survive without it can be. Join us at the Nature Center and learn about compass and map reading, fire-making, shelter building and more in a friendly, relaxed environment! Kids ages 10 and up are welcome to join this program accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Winter Welcome Hike

Saturday, November 12 at 10am. Meet at the Willow River Nature Center.

Join the Naturalist at Willow River State Park and greet winter with a 4-mile hike showcasing some of the best snowshoeing trails in the park. This hike offers a more rugged and scenic route to the Willow Falls for winter hikers and snowshoers when most park trails are limited to skiing only. This will be a great opportunity to learn about other winter hiking and snowshoe accessible trails at both Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park!

Please come dressed for the weather, be prepared for a hilly, more-challenging hike and bring along plenty of water, good hiking shoes (ice cleats if we’ve had snow) and binoculars!

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Turkey Trot Scavenger Hunt!

Saturday, November 19 at 1pm.
Meet at The Willow River Nature Center.

Join us at the Nature Center for a TURK-tacular scavenger hunt in honor of Wisconsin's’ famous Thanksgiving bird. Search for items, solve riddles, and learn fun facts about turkeys along the ½ mile Hidden Ponds Trail and receive a participation prize.

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Don’t Forget About Our Preschool Young Naturalist Classes!

Every Wednesday and Thursday 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. 

Register Your Kiddo Here:

https://tinyurl.com/YoungNatClass

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December Events

Holiday Nature Crafts

Saturday, Saturday, December 3 at 10am.
Meet at the Willow River Nature Center.

Come get crafty with nature and make a holiday ornament or mural from natural items found in nature. Re-create one of our pieces on display or get inspired and make your very own creation! 

We will supply everything you need to get crafty but if you have a hot glue gun, bring it along!

  

Space is limited for this event! 

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/xmasnaturecrafts

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Christmas Story Outdoor Exploratory!

Saturday December 10 anytime from 1-3pm.
Meet at the Willow River Nature Center.

The holiday season is here, and what better way to celebrate than with some fresh air, stories and smiles?! 

Join us at the park for some fun and fictional exploration. Search for several holly-jolly stories within the park and make note of your merry work. Bring back your list so we can check it twice and receive a small participation prize for being oh-so-nice!


Come dressed for the weather and prepared to hike and drive to different locations within the park! 

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Holly-Jolly Scavenger Hunt!

Saturday, December 17, anytime from 1–3 PM. Meet at The Willow River Nature Center.

Join us at the Nature Center for a holly-jolly scavenger hunt along the Hidden Ponds Nature Trail. Search for items, solve riddles, and jingle all the way as we celebrate one of the most wonderful holidays of the year!


Come dressed for the weather and ready for some outdoor fun!

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Don’t Forget About Our Preschool Young Naturalist Classes!

Every Wednesday or Thursday 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. 

Learn more and register here:

https://tinyurl.com/YoungNatClass

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All events are FREE to attend (unless otherwise noted) but park admission is required.

All outdoor events are weather dependent.

Questions? Call 715-386-9340 or email naturecenter@willowkinnifriends.org

These programs are sponsored by the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park, Inc.