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Science By the River: A Wisconsin Rapids Science Festival

Saturday10/2911:00 am - 3:00 pm


Join in the fun and bring the whole family for a science-filled, event-packed walk or bike ride along the river trail between Ben Hansen Park & Veteran’s Memorial Park in Wisconsin Rapids. Travel the trail and enjoy educational booths and hands-on demonstrations provided by Wood County Science-based organizations. Refreshment stops will be stationed along the trail & public parking spaces available. End the afternoon with tap talks at B’s Taphouse. Come on down, spark your sense of discovery, and relish in the beauty of Fall at Science By The River

WHERE’S THE TRAIL? Begin your journey at either Ben Hansen Park OR Veteran’s Memorial Park in downtown WI Rapids. The approximate distance of the trail is two miles.

NEED A BIKE? Bikes will be available for use through the Wood Co. River Riders Bike-share program. To reserve a bike, call the WI Rapids Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau at 715 -422-4650 or email [email protected] by October 19th. Plan to begin your adventure at Ben Hansen Park for this free service.

QUESTIONS? Like & Follow @ScienceByTheRiver on Facebook for updates


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Information for Science By The River can also be found on the UW-Madison Extension, Wood County website.

Ben Hansen Park is located at 1900 Block of 2nd Avenue Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
Veteran’s Memorial Park is located at 101-299 1st St N, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494


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Ben Hansen Park
1900 Block of 2nd Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
(800) 554-4484


UW-Madison Division of Extension – Wood County

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