Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish RefugeNational Wildlife Refuge
La Crosse District
N5727 County Road Z
Onalaska, WI 54650

Contact: Hallie Rasmussen
October 4, 2016 (608) 779-2392



Are you ready for a howling good time? Anyone who dares to learn about bats, frogs, lamprey, moths, owls, snakes, spiders and more is invited to attend a free “Creepy Critters” trick-or-treat event on Wednesday, October 12th starting at 4:00 p.m. at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Visitor Center located on Brice Prairie.

This slightly scary adventure is appropriate for children and adults of all ages. Costumes are encouraged! Event activities will be held both indoors and outdoors; participants are asked to dress accordingly.

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Tantalizing Tales and Discoveries! Inside the Visitor Center, guests may enjoy a puppet show, face painting, and a “bat cave” where visitors can experience life as a mother bat seeking her babies through her sense of smell.

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m: Creepy Critters “Trick-or-Treating.” Fill your brain with facts as you fill your bag with treats! Walk around our outside 1/3 mile trail loop while learning the truth behind myths of various “creepy critters” native to our region. Correctly answer a question at each station to work toward earning a prize! Live
lamprey, frogs, and moths will also be on hand to contribute to the educational festivities. Step into the storytelling tent for an interactive, imaginative performance!

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: “Froggy Feet and Scaly Tails: A Close-up Look at Reptiles and Amphibians!” Join us in the multipurpose room for an exciting 45 minute live animal program presented by the Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo. Registration is required for this program and participation is limited to 65 people.

Please call 608-779-2391 to register. Registration is taken on a first come, first served basis.

We would like to thank the Friends of the Refuge – Mississippi River Pools 7 & 8 for their sponsorship of the event, as well as our partners, Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, WisCorps as well as the many volunteers who support this event.

For more information, contact the La Crosse District Office at (608) 779-2399 or visit the facility located at N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI. Visitor center hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. through
November 26. The center is closed Sundays and all federal holidays.

Information may also be found on the Refuge’s webpage: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi_river/.
Connect with our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/UpperMissNWFR.


The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is the most visited refuge in the United States. The refuge extends 261 miles along the Upper Mississippi River from Wabasha, MN to Rock Island, IL, protecting and preserving habitat for migratory birds, fish, and a variety of other wildlife. This 240,000 acre refuge was established in 1924.

In addition to being the most visited refuge in the country, the “Upper Miss” Refuge has the added complexity of a major navigation system, including 11 locks and dams, within its boundary. It is also a world-class fish and wildlife area which harbors 306 species of birds; 119 species of fish; more than 300 active bald eagle nests; thousands of heron and egret nests; spectacular concentrations of canvasback ducks, tundra swans, and white pelicans; and several threatened or endangered species.