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 May/ June 2019:

Saturday, May 18 – 7 am—9 am – Birding Hike – Join ornithologist, Robin Maercklein, for a walk down the Silverbrook Trail.  Discover the variety of birds that are passing through, returning, or are year-round residents of the park.  Meet at the Silverbrook Trailhead in the Pines Group Camp.

Friday, May 24 – 4:30 pm—5:30 pm – Buzz Bird – Visit the Ice Age Center to try a game of fun facts about backyard birds.

Saturday, May 25 – 10 am—Noon – Pet-A-Pelt – Have you ever wanted to pet a fox or an otter?  Now you can!  Stop in at the front desk of the Ice Age Center to see and feel our many animal pelts.

Saturday, May 25 – 1 pm—2:30 pm – Wild Food and Folk Medicine – Discover a delightful variety of foods and folk medicine that can be gathered from the wild, and in your own backyard.  Though we won’t be harvesting wild foods from the park, we’ll talk about safe harvesting practices and how you can pick and prepare wild foods at home.  Meet at the Ice Age Center.

Sunday, May 26 – 9 am—10 am – Pothole Trail Hike – Meet at the Pothole Trail sign to take a hike along the bluffs with the park naturalist—and learn a little about the geology of this unique trail.

Sunday, May 26 – 1 pm—3 pm – Tracks! – A family friendly activity that allows visitors to compare track sizes and match tracks of Wisconsin animals.  Meet at the Ice Age Center.

Monday, May 27 – Noon—2 pm – Wisconsin Symbols – Did you know WI has a state dog?  We have a state muffin, too.  Learn many interesting tidbits about the symbols of WI.  Meet at the Ice Age Center.

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 pm—4 pm – 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 am—11 am – 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!

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