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Bong Naturalist Association (BNA) is so pleased that you are here!  

We are the Friend’s Group that supports Richard Bong State Recreation Area (RBSRA.)  We offer a variety of programs for visitors of all ages and help to fund park improvements for all to enjoy.  Please scroll down to see BNA News and be sure to click on the Calendar of Events tab for upcoming events at RBSRA!  Just a reminder that a Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker or a daily entrance fee is required to enter the park

Aldo Leopold Benches for Sale!

In celebration of Aldo Leopold and the 75th anniversary of A Sand County Almanac, BNA is selling Aldo Leopold Benches!

These beautifully hand-crafted cedar-tone benches are available in 3-foot or 4-foot lengths. Dimensions: 4 ft = 51”(w) x 29”(h) x 27”(d); 3 ft = 39”(w) x 29”(h) x 27”(d)

Benches will be made upon receipt of payment (check) and will be available for pick-up only at Richard Bong State Recreation Area (RBSRA), at the address below, within 4-6 weeks. Benches will be assembled unless specifically requested in the special instructions on the order form.

All funds raised as a result of this special event will support BNA/RBSRA events, programs and facilities!

Aldo Leopold Bench Prices:
$140 – 4’ Cedar-tone Bench
$135 – 3’ Cedar-tone Bench

To order:
Click on the following link to obtain the BNA Aldo Leopold Bench Order Form:
Pay by check – make checks payable to “Bong Naturalist Association”; and
Mail your check and order form to: BNA c/o RBSRA, 26313 Burlington Road, Kansasville, WI 53139 BNA will contact you when you Aldo Leopold Bench is available for pick-up at RBSRA.

BNA – Aldo Leopold Bench – Order Form – 1-27-24 – Final

Please contact us with any questions at [email protected]

Join the BNA in honoring Aldo Leopold and celebrating the 75th anniversary of his groundbreaking work!

BNA offers our sincere thanks for participating in this special event!
BNA | Bong Naturalist Association – Friends of Richard Bong State Recreation Area


BNA News:

2024 Master Naturalist Volunteer Training at Bong –
Registration Now Open!!

Click for details:  Master Naturalist Volunteer Training at RBSRA – 1-14-24

Link to Registration

Adaptive Sportsmen Event

The BNA sponsored a special pheasant hunt with the southeastern chapter of Adaptive Sportsman in early November, welcoming hunters to the park for an accessible hunting experience.

Using all terrain tracked wheelchairs and working alongside the expertly trained dogs, all of the hunters reached their bag limits. Following the hunt, the BNA hosted a luncheon and many of the hunters stayed to explore some of the RBSRA accessible hiking.

Creating accessible programs like this allows more people to enjoy our beautiful park— and fuels a sense of welcoming inclusivity. The BNA would be happy to work toward hosting more events – not limited to hunting – with organizations for people of all ages, abilities and sensitivities.

Please click on this link to read the full story including the outstanding partner organizations that made this wonderful event possible as well as additional pictures of the great day!


2023 Wolf Lake Trail Run Info

Please join us on Saturday, September 30th, for our 23rd Annual Wolf Lake Trail Run/Hike!  Enjoy a scenic 5K Run/Hike or a 1 Mile Hike crossing hills, grasslands and woodlands at RBSRA.  The race starts at 9:00 a.m.; packet pick-up and race day registration from 7:45 – 8:30 a.m.

Online Registration is open!  Click on the article title/link above to be directed to our WLTR page filled with information about registration dates, an online registration form/link and choosing your custom designed long-sleeved race shirt size.  

Online Registration Link:  Wolf Lake Trail Run 2023 Registration

Looking forward to seeing you! 

Land Acquisition Completed:

BNA wishes to extend its heartfelt appreciation to those who donated toward the purchase of 132 acres of land located on the SE corner of the Park. Without your help, it would not have been possible.

Our work isn’t finished, we still need your support. BNA will continue its fundraising efforts, but now these funds will go toward environmental projects such as wetlands restoration, remediation, and also accessibility projects such as signage, trail improvements, parking, etc. If you would like to donate, you can do so by clicking on this PayPal link https://www.paypal.com/instantcomm…/checkout/4EMB8AMN8UVXN You don’t need a PayPal account to donate, you can use any major credit card or your debit card. If you prefer sending a check, please send it to Bong Naturalist Association, 26313 Burlington Rd, Kansasville, WI 53139. If you wish to donate in another way, just send an email to [email protected].

Thank you so much!

Friends of Bong are the BEST!