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Molinaro Visitor Center and Nature Explore Classroom

Richard Bong State Recreation Area

Make the Molinaro Visitor Center your first stop when you arrive. The visitor center is near the main entrance to the recreation area.

Nature Explore Classroom

The Nature Explore Classroom is an outdoor, nature free-play space open to visitors of all ages, abilities and sensitivities. Child-centered, constructive play is the purpose of the area. It is located directly behind the visitor center and is free to use.

Things to do

The center has displays, live animals and hands-on exhibits about the recreation area. The cheerful solarium showcases seasonal exhibits including butterfly rearing and nature free play. You can also enjoy a great view of the bird feeders.

Nature programs, covering a wide range of topics, are offered almost every weekend of the year.

Become a Wisconsin Explorer and discover the natural world. Pick up a booklet at the nature center. The booklets are full of hands-on, exciting and educational activities for days on the beach, rainy days at home or starry nights. Complete at least half of activities and return it to any state park, forest or recreation area. Receive a patch and certificate for completing the activities.

Gift shop

The Friends group at Richard Bong sells useful and fun items to help you explore nature and remember your visit. Merchandise can be purchased at the entrance station or the visitor center when the buildings are open.

Field trips

Please contact the property for more information about school field trips.