Summer Nature Happenings

“During every week from April to September there are, on the average, ten wild plants coming into first bloom.” Aldo Leopold.  It’s an exciting time of year with the prairie coming alive, with dragonflies darting and hovering, butterflies and bees nectaring and birds with their newly fledged young filling the air.  Come on out to the park to see what’s happening every week! 

Turtles are nesting now.  Please slow down and watch for them on the park and other roads.  If it’s safe to do so, please stop and move the turtle off the road the direction she was traveling.  It is almost always female turtles on the roads looking for nesting spots, so if they keep getting hit soon we won’t have any more baby turtles!!! 

Don’t forget to check out the calendar of events for all the great programs coming up!

Blanding’s Turtle Crossing


Many thanks to the Happ Family for making the new playground at Sunrise Campground a reality. The playground is dedicated to Ken Happ, who we sadly lost recently. Ken was a great supporter of the park, the outdoors, children and believed in giving back.   Enjoy his legacy. 


Saturday, September 24 will be the annual Wolf Lake Trail Run and Hike.  It’s a great way to get a beautiful walk or run in while helping the park and enjoying homemade goodies and great prizes! 


Beach is open, lake water levels are good.  The new launch is a great place to start your non-motorized boat journey.

 Except for holiday weekends, there are almost always some walk-in campsites available.

There is still construction on Highway 142, which leads into the park.  You can get through, just watch the posted road signs. 

Firewood is always available in the visitor center parking lot.

Rocketry events and dog trials are happening almost every weekend, come check out the action. 

Thanks to the David and Joyce Weizenicker Fund for State Parks! The nature trail that is located directly behind the visitor center was re-graded and drainage issues resolved.  Check out the new surface as you read the summer STORYWALK®.

Summer Storywalk

You are invited to head to the park to explore the newly installed spring STORYWALK®. “I Love Bugs” by Philemon Sturges 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 4-8-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.  Dogs are not allowed on this trail.  The trail passes the new Nature Explore Classroom, which the whole family can experience after the STORYWALK®.

Thanks to the Kenosha Community Foundation for a grant that will add two new books with activities to the STORYWALK®.  The stories can then be changed every two months.  The new fall book will feature squirrels, a new spring one will feature frogs. 

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.

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