Rita Thofern, left, shown here with River Falls Rotary president, Rick Wilson, is the Vice President of The Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks, Inc. addressed our club to give an overview of the organization, which has been active since the 1990s.
Rita Thofern, Vice President of The Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks, Inc. addressed our club to give an overview of the organization, which has been active since the 1990s.  Originally known as the OWLs, Inc., the group was founded by a small group of dedicated local citizens who saw an opportunity to promote stewardship of the natural resources present in abundance in these parks.
 
If you want to get involved, there are plenty of opportunities, such as cleanup, trail maintenance, educational speaking, camp and nature center hosts and helpers. Learn about how to make your volunteer efforts count!
 
This members-based group, led by volunteers, gathers periodically for organizational meetings in order to work together with the park manager to organize and fund supplemental park programs, projects and events. The Friends group is part of a statewide network of citizen groups who have "adopted" state parks in order to support facility improvements, expand programs, and stay informed about important natural resources topics within the state.
 
The Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation organized for the purpose of supporting, assisting, and promoting the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with nature interpretive, scientific, historical, recreational, educational and related visitor services at its Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks.
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