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

Spring Storywalk

You are invited to head to the park to explore the newly installed spring STORYWALK®. “Our Yard is Full of Birds” by Anne Rockwell is the featured book.   As you read, you’ll learn about birds and their habits.  Additional activities like scavenger hunts, art projects, snack ideas, and action play are also included to help you explore nature and learn more about birds. Bring your phone or camera to take photos of the extra activities that are posted as copies cannot be provided. 

The book is aimed primarily at a 3-8-year-old 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 has some grade to it and there are also several washouts so do watch your step.  Dogs are not allowed on this trail.  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 park is open 6am-11pm. For questions call (262) 878-5601.

2021 annual vehicle admission stickers are now required for park entrance.  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 on the weekends or the self-registration station at any time.



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:  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!