Great River Road Learning & Visitor Center @ Freedom Park, Prescott, WI
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Public Programs

The Center offers a rich array of programs to the public. Our programs spark curiosity, spur creativity, and deepen our understanding and enjoyment of the unique history, culture, and natural resources of the area. Check out our calendar for details. Most of our programs are free. If you would like to receive email announcements about our public programs, please contact us at or call 715-262-0104.

Junior Ranger Program

The Great River Road Learning Center is a National Park Service Partner site. National Park Service Rangers lead our Junior Ranger Program for youth ages 8-12 who can earn Junior Ranger badges from the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area and the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The unique program offered at the Learning Center offers youth a fun and educational experience to learn more about the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers. The fun experience culminates with a graduation ceremony. Check out our summer calendar for more details. Reservations are required.

Art Exhibits

The Center features rotating exhibits of local artists’ work. Each exhibit runs approximately 6 weeks following an artist reception, which offers the public a chance to meet the artist and learn about their inspiration. Selected artwork is for sale, and a portion of the art sales proceeds are returned to the Center in support of our programs.

Adult Group Tours

The Center offers a program for adult group tours that explores the human and natural history of the area at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. The program content can be tailored to the special interests of the group. The length of the program also is tailored to your schedule. The multi-media exhibits and the native plant demonstration gardens are available to the group to explore as well. Fee includes coffee, teas and pastries or cookies. Fee: $3/person. To register your group, contact the Center at 715-262-0104.

School Based Education

See the “For Educators” page. Includes both field trips to the Learning Center and also the Traveling Naturalist in-classroom programs.

Great Rivers Confluence Project

Friends of Freedom Park is a leader in an exciting and unique project whose goal is to connect water and land trails across two rivers, two states, two National Parks, three counties and several cities in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota (Twin Cities metropolitan area). Begun in 2009, the Great Rivers Confluence Project is exploring trail linkages, natural resource protection and economic growth at the region where the St. Croix River joins the Mississippi River.

Partners in the Project include the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, Washington and Dakota MN Counties, the University of Wisconsin- River Falls, Friends of Freedom Park, Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings and Prescott Cities, plus several other organizations. Partners meet several times during the year and sponsor conferences for the region to develop and strengthen partnerships to achieve the Project’s vision. Contact if you or your organization would like to receive more information about this regional partnership effort.

Community Events

Freedom Park is a community gathering place and the Center partners with community groups to offer community wide celebrations which include: Easter Egg Hunt, Kick Off the Summer, and Prescott Daze. We hope to see you at these fun-filled community events!


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