Winter Scavenger Hunt! @ Willow River State Park
    Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Meet at Willow River Nature Center at 10 am. Small prizes for scavenger hunt success!!! We will go to lunch afterwards. Vehicle admission fee or Wisconsin State Park Sticker, so let’s try to carpool!If you have more questions-715-386-9340 No dogs because some of the items that will be hidden will be in areas where no dogs are allowed. Otherwise if you want to just stay on trails that allow dogs that’s ok too!

    Trails by Candlelight @ Spring Lake Park Reserve
    Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Plowed ADA walking paths. Two miles. Hot Cocoa, bonfires, food trucks. No Dogs.$8.00 Enjoy Spring Lake Park Reserve by flickering candlelight. Take in the stunning views of the Mississippi River as you enjoy plowed walking trails and groomed cross-country ski trails. Warm up with hot cocoa and crackling bonfires. Cocoa provided. Hot food available for purchase from food trucks. Volunteers needed..Event Activities:• Candlelit Walking on a plowed, ADA walking path (2 miles).• Candlelit Cross-country Skiing on groomed ski trails (Dakota County Park Ski Pass Required) (3 miles).• Bonfires Galore• Hot cocoa (free)• Come hungry! Hot concessions available for purchase from Food Trucks.Dogs not permitted. Service animals that fit the definition of Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act are welcome..Ages: All ages.Fee: $8 person. Youth ages 3 and younger free.Get Tickets Here: Trucks: K-Town Street Foods and The Brick Oven Bus Pizza..All planned event activities are conditions-permitting. A final plan for event activities will be determined 24 hours in advance and posted in the event’s web page and on the Dakota County Parks – forever wild Facebook page. No refunds will be issued if event activities change due to unsafe conditions. Full refunds will be issued if the event is cancelled due to weather..Weather Cancellation PolicyIf forecast 24 hours in advance calls for the air temperature to be five below zero degrees Fahrenheit OR the wind chill to be 20 degrees below zero Fahrenheit during the start of the event, the event will be cancelled..Volunteers wanted!Over 50 volunteers help us put on the this magical evening…We need:🔥 Bonfire Tenders🕯 Luminary Set Outers🕯 Luminary Lighters☕️ Cocoa Assistants🙋🏻‍♂️ Greeters…and more! Inside and outside shifts available. How we say THANKS FOR VOLUNTEERING: 🙌🏾➡️ Those helping us with pre-event luminary set out and luminary lighting will receive a free ticket to the event.➡️ Those helping at the event will receive a free food truck dinner.➡️ Those helping us with luminary clean up the next day receive breakfast refreshments.Sign up here: more information, visit:

    Full Moon Hike @ Phalen Lake
    Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Meet at northern end of Lake Phalen. Hike the Vento Trail for as long or as little as you like. This event is free and allows dogs. We will head out for dinner around 7.

    Candlelight Ski & Hike @ Willow River State Park
    Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Meet at Willow River Nature Center. Two miles of plowed trails. Free. No dogs. We will go to dinner after.

    Trails by Candlelight @ Lebanon Hills Regional Park
    Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    A Winter Grand Finale! Plowed walking trails. Hot cocoa and bonfires. Food trucks. $8.00Go on website to purchase tickets. Free parking at park or free shuttle from wood crest church, 525 Cliff Road starting at 5:45. NO DOGS.

    Leap Day Hike!!! @ Willow River State Park
    Feb 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park, Inc Presents: Frosty Falls Hike!Saturday, February 29th. Hike Leaves at 10am. Meet at the Nature Center. Join Naturalist Ashley on a wintery walk to the Willow Falls. This is a spectacular time of year for viewing the frost covered falls. But don’t just take our word for it, get out there and see for yourself! This will be a 4 mile hike round trip. Depending on the weather and depth of snow it could also be quite strenuous. Be sure to dress in warm layers, bring plenty of water, and good hiking boots or snowshoes. If you want to rent snowshoes from the Friends Group for this event please call or text 715-869-3695 or email This event is free to attend but vehicle admission into the park is required. For more information please call 715-386-9340 or email This program is sponsored by the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park, Inc, the park’s non-profit Friends group.

    Winter Constellations! @ Lake Elmo Park Reserve
    Mar 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Make the stars your old friends by watching the great winter celestial show over the skies! Hosted by WCCO’s Mike Lynch and get a close up view of star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, and other treasures! The program will start inside at the Nordic Center and then move outdoors, please dress for the weather and bring lawn chairs if you wish to make yourself comfy! Even if it’s the cloudy you’ll learn a lot and have a great time. This event is FREE with Park vehicle permit required, $7 daily / $30 annual. Meet at the Nordic Center. I won’t be there because I’ll be in Iceland looking at the stars! But I thought our group might be interested!!!

    Memorial Day Weekend 2020-Blue Mounds State Park @ Blue Mounds State Park
    May 21 @ 4:00 pm – May 25 @ 4:00 pm

    Bison and the Prairie! Hike this southern Minnesota park and discovery it’s history! There is a Bison-Prairie Tour available on Memorial Day. I have reserved site 42E.

    Group Camping at Wildcat Mountain State Park @ Wildcat Mountain State Park
    Jun 11 @ 3:00 pm – Jun 14 @ 3:00 pm

    Join us at Group Site B for the long weekend. Lots of activities including hiking, biking and paddling the Kickapoo River. Small trailers, campers, pop-pups and tents welcome. No electric available. $20 per camping unit for the weekend. Limit of 20 people so get your reservation in early.

    Camping along the Red Cedar River @ Ma's Irvington Campground and Rentals LLC
    Jun 25 @ 3:00 pm – Jun 28 @ 1:00 pm

    Enjoy hiking, biking, tubing, kayaking & canoeing while watching the Eagles soar and the Otters play along the banks of the Red Cedar.Make your own reservations by calling (715)235-2267 rather than online to get better cancellation terms. Reservation can be made now.

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