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Free September Events

Universe in the Park!

Sunday, September 1st from 8:00-9:00PM. Meet at the Nature Center.

This is an outreach program sponsored by the Department of Astronomy at UW-Madison. Each Universe in the Park session includes a 20-30 minute presentation followed by viewing of astronomical objects through one of our 8 or 10 inch telescopes. Event is FREE, but vehicle admission into the park is required. Please call 715-386-9340 or email naturalist@willowkinnifriends.org for more information.  This program is sponsored by the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park, Inc, the park's friends group.

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Long Skinny Snakes and Totally Turtles!

Saturday, September 7th anytime from 1-3PM at the Beach/Picnic Area.

Come learn about two types of Wisconsin Reptiles and even meet live versions; Albert the Fox Snake and Morton, Susie and Shelly our Painted and False Map Turtles! 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!

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Yoga in the Park!

Saturday, September 14th from 8:30-9:30AM. Meet at the Nature Center.

Come experience the beauty of Willow River State Park while learning how to incorporate yoga into your life. No experience is necessary as our experienced instructor will help you through a basic set of warm-ups, poses, breathing exercises, and deep relaxation. Come to one of the classes or to all. Bring your own Yoga mat if you have one -- we have a few, so if you need to reserve one, please let us know. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/wrspyoga

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Reusable Reads and Signs of Fall Hike!

Saturday, September 14th 10am-11:30 am. Meet at the 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 signs of fall hike to fill in your book. Event is FREE, but vehicle admission into the park is required. Please call 715-386-9340 or email naturecenter@willowkinnifriends.org for more information. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park, Inc, the park's friends group.

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Healthy Kids Outdoors!

Meets once a month on Saturdays July 13 from 1-3pm, August 10 from 10am-12pm, and Sept. 14  from 1-3pm at Willow River State Park Nature Center.

Experience the outdoors with fun and educational activities geared towards wildlife and natural resources! Explore, observe, analyze, identify and learn to protect and conserve nature through hikes, hands-on activities and exploration of the outdoors. Enjoy a wholesome snack at each session to influence healthy food choices for growing minds. This program will encourage children to find comfort, excitement and new interests in the outdoors and inspire them to leave a few hours of screen time behind them each week. This program is geared towards children ages 6-12 and their families. Class size is limited. 


REGISTER at: https://tinyurl.com/healthykidsoutdoors

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park, Inc, and is made possible by a Health and Wellness grant from the St. Croix Valley Foundation.

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Fungi in our Forests!

Saturday,  September 21st from 10-11AM. Meet at the Nature Center.

Some of the tastiest mushrooms such as Morels, Chanterelles and Hen of the Woods can be found right here in St. Croix and Pierce County; if you know where to look! These delicacies can be bought and sold at high-end grocery stores running upwards of $50/lb. or more! Learn to pick them yourself for free. Come join us on a short hike and find out how!

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Skulls & Pelts!

Saturday, September 28th from 1-2PM. Meet at the Picnic Area Pavilion.

Come join locals, Mike and Sue Rieter, as they help us get up close and personal to animals near and far to the park. They will share with us their extensive skull and pelt collection so that we may analyze some local and exotic animals. Event is FREE, but vehicle admission into the park is required. Please call 715-386-9340 or email naturalist@willowkinnifriends.orgfor more information. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park, Inc, the park's friends group.

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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.