Things to do during your visit to
The Nature Place

Inside

  • Discovery Room with live education animals and nature displays. (access may be limited when room is in use)
  • La Crosse Room featuring “The Gallery” with artwork displayed by local artists. Artwork is rotated out every 4 months. (access may be limited when room is in use)
  • Board games to play
  • Musical instruments to jam
  • Free coffee, tea, and snacks to enjoy
  • Activity table & sensory activities
  • Books
  • Outdoor outerwear free check-out station (hats, gloves, etc.)
  • Ask us about Nature! Our educators and nature experts would love to chat!
  • Attend a program or event! Check out our events calendar
Shelves with board games
Bikes on bike rack

Outside

  • Explorer Kits to check out and explore on your own. Birding, sweep netting (terrestrial insects), dip netting (aquatic insects), and trash clean-up kits available at front desk.
  • Hike! Marsh trails or extend your trek by connecting with other great trail systems!
  • Bike! Drift Cycle bike share station is an easy-to-use, affordable bike rental program. (First ride FREE promo code 57WLZ7)
  • 8 native gardens surrounding The Nature Place. Self-led tour coming soon!
  • Produce Garden, showcasing different gardening techniques as we experiment each year!  Free Produce Bin outside of the garden, to the right of garden entrance.
  • Little Free Sled Library (Hike it Baby partnership)
  • Marsh canoe/kayak access
  • Marsh fishing access

*Everything listed above is FREE to visitors with the exception of some programs (day camp scholarships available!) and bike share (minimal fee! First ride FREE promo code 57WLZ7).

Other Things in Myrick Park

Kids Coulee Playground

Kids Coulee is a state-of-the-art playground that includes a multi-level wooden play structure, amphitheater, zipline, climbing structures, and more. It was built by over 3,700 volunteers in 1994 and underwent a $900,000 renovation that was completed in 2024.

Gun Club Shelter & Main Shelter

These shelters are available for reservations through the La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department. Here are links to reserve them for celebrations and gatherings.

Karen’s Classroom

A limestone amphitheater named after Karen Ringstom who was an avid member of Friends of the Marsh. The amphitheater is used as an outdoor classroom to educate community members about the importance of the La Crosse River Marsh ecosystem. It includes spotting scope that is wheelchair accessible.

A 6’ tall heron sculpture with a landscape painted on the sculpture including water, a brown dock, a red boat house, green trees in the background, and a Mallard duck flying through the blue sky.
A 6’ tall heron sculpture with a landscape painted on the sculpture including water, a brown dock, a red boat house, green trees in the background, and a Mallard duck flying through the blue sky.

Artwork

Epinal Painting - A dedication from La Crosse’s sister city Epinal, France, marking the 30th anniversary of the relationship between the two cities. Located inside The Nature Place building.

Antidonts Statue - An abstract painted aluminum sculpture of a boy and his dog done by Luis Arata. Located at the entrance of Myrick Park.

Blue Heron Statue - As part of the “Herons of La Crosse” public art project organized by the Pump House Regional Art Center in 2008. Each statue is crafted by local artists with the idea of celebrating art and community. Located on the north-facing patio outside The Nature Place.

An abstract painting depicting a landscape with various natural phenomena throughout.
An abstract painting depicting a landscape with various natural phenomena throughout.
The Anidonts aluminum sculpture done by Luis Arata depicting an orange boy and his yellow dog.
The Anidonts aluminum sculpture done by Luis Arata depicting an orange boy and his yellow dog.

Dog Park

Small, fenced-in dog park near the trailhead off of East Avenue N.