Submitted by Lacy Sellent, Naturalist, WI Interstate Park

ST CROIX FALLS, WI – Interstate is Wisconsin's oldest state park, established in 1900. Located along the picturesque St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, the park provides scenic views of the river and the steep-sided gorge known as the Dalles of the St. Croix. The Ice Age Interpretive Center features a film, photographs, murals and information about the great glaciers. Interstate Park is located at WI-35, St Croix Falls, WI 54024. Interstate Park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Here is the Wisconsin Interstate Park calendar of events for June:
Saturday & Sunday June 1 & 2 – Open House – Stop in for a variety of activities and crafts during the free Open House weekend (no park sticker required).

Saturday, June 1 – 1 p.m.—4 p.m. – Canoe Lessons – Wisconsin Interstate Park and the St. Croix river Association are joining forces to promote safety on the water.  Meet at the Beach House on the Lake O’ the Dalles to experience this FREE canoeing opportunity.  Space is limited, so make sure to arrive early.  Canoes, paddles, and life jackets will all be provided.

Thursday, June 6 – 10 a.m.—11 a.m. – Nature Storytime – Preschoolers and their caregivers join us for a nature story, activity, and snack.  Meet at the Ice Age Center to start out the very first of our ongoing weekly summer nature program!

Saturday, June 8 – 11 a.m.—1 p.m. – How Birds Make A Living – Visit the Ice Age Center to learn how to tell what a bird likes to eat and what habitat a bird lives in just by looking at it!  Several examples will be shown.

Saturday, June 8 – 3 p.m.—5 p.m. – Beaver Business – Learn about the historical—and sometimes wacky—connections between beavers and people.  A beaver pelt and skull will be available for viewing at the Ice Age Center.

Sunday, June 9 – 10 a.m.—Noon – Eagle Trivia – How did the bald eagle get its name?  Stop in at the Ice Age Center to find out and learn more about the different eagles of the world.

Sunday, June 9 – 1 p.m.—3 p.m. – Volunteer Training – Are you looking for a way to volunteer this summer?  Meet at the Ice Age Center to learn how you can help out at your local park!

Thursday, June 13 – 10 a.m.—11 a.m. – Nature Storytime – Preschoolers and their caregivers join us for a nature story, activity, and snack.  Every Thursday, we meet at the Ice Age Center for this weekly summer nature program.

Friday, June 14 – 3 p.m.—5 p.m. – Wisconsin Under Water – Visit the Ice Age center to see some of the creatures that would have once lived in Wisconsin’s ancient sea.

Saturday, June 15 – 11 a.m.—1 p.m. – Whose Scat is That? – Stop in at the Ice Age Center to learn about the different signs animals leave behind.

Saturday, June 15 – 1:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m. – Pet-A-Pelt – Have you ever wanted to pet a fox or an otter?  Now you can!  Drop in at the Ice Age Center to see and feel our many animal pelts.

Sunday, June 16 – 8:30 a.m.—9:30 a.m. – Pothole Trail Hike – Meet at the Pothole Trail sign to take a hike with the park naturalist and learn about the geology of this unique trail.

Sunday, June 16 – 11 a.m.—1 p.m. – A Mammoth Comparison – Symbol of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the wooly mammoth was an impressive animal.  But just how big was it?  Visit the Ice Age Center to compare sizes of the different mammoth species.

Thursday, June 20 – 10 a.m.—11 a.m. - Nature Storytime – Preschoolers and their caregivers join us for a nature story, activity, and snack. Every Thursday, we meet at the Ice Age Center for this weekly summer nature program.

For more information about Wisconsin Interstate Park go to: dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/interstate or call: (715) 483-3747.