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The Bong Naturalist Association is a group of volunteers promoting conservation, education and recreation at Richard Bong State Recreation Area. 

2021 annual vehicle admission stickers are now on sale! Admission stickers, gift recreation packages and a donation that goes to Wisconsin State Parks can be purchased online at the Friend of Wisconsin State Parks website. FWSP Online Store (google.com)

Stickers may also be purchased  online at Vehicle Admission Stickers | Wisconsin DNR  or over the phone by calling 1-888-305-0398 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  You may also purchase them from the Richard Bong entrance station, electronic kiosk or self-registration station.

 

A STORYWALK® has been installed at the park.  Laminated pages from the children’s book “I am a Leaf” by Jean Marzollo are attached to posts which are installed along the nature trail.  As you hike the trail search for the next page in the story.  Additional activities like scavenger hunts, art projects, snack ideas, experiments and action songs are also included to help you explore nature and learn more about leaves.  Bring your phone or camera to take photos of the extra activities that are posted as copies cannot be provided. 

It’s a great way to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. StoryWalks® have been installed in 50 states and 13 countries and was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and has developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

The book is aimed primarily at a K-2nd grade audience but the whole family can enjoy the hike. The .7-mile trail begins right behind the Visitor Center at Richard Bong State Recreation Area and is limestone-surfaced with some grade to it.  Currently, there are also several washouts so do watch your step.  The park is open 6am-11pm.  Hunting is allowed at the park, but this trail is in a no hunting area. 

The trail passes the new Nature Explore Classroom but that area is still closed to the public at this time. 

There is no cost to hike but you will need to have or purchase a state park vehicle admission sticker.  The 2021 stickers will be on sale December 1.  For questions call (262) 878-5601. 

All Wisconsin state park system properties are operating 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. 

Buildings, Entrance Stations, Observation Towers and Play Areas remain closed. Parks with drive up entrance stations may still be open for window service.  Self-registration fee boxes and electronic kiosks are open. All naturalist programs are canceled indefinitely. 

Most flush toilets are closed in parks, vault toilets remain open, however, they may not all be cleaned daily. 

The campgrounds at Richard Bong are closed for the season.  Other properties may still offer camping.  Campgrounds are available by reservation only, day of arrival up to 11 months in advance go to:  https://wisconsin.goingtocamp.com/   Or call 888-947-2757

Group campsites, special events, shelter and amphitheater reservations for groups under 50 individuals are open.

Please be respectful and safe so the park can remain open.

  • Carry out all garbage, pet waste and recycling
  • Don’t trespass, make sure the area you are accessing is open to the public
  • Bring your own sanitizer and water
  • Only recreate with members of your household
  • Don’t pick native plants or remove any animals from the park
  • If you see violations, please report them
  • If you are not from Wisconsin and your state has a stay at home order, please do not leave your state

The Bong Naturalist Association, like all small organizations, is affected by a loss of income and donations during this time. Please consider making a donation or becoming a member to help us bridge the gap. Thank you for your support!