• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

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  • Flowage Level Drawdown North Of Taylors Falls/St. Croix Falls

    Beginning October 2, Xcel Energy will be lowering the level of the flowage upstream from Taylors Falls/St. Croix Falls by up to 6 feet. This is to allow for repair to flashboards on the dam that were damaged by high water in September.

For Teachers

Uniformed ranger with two children looking at aquatic insects they have caught. Third child looking for insects.

Rivers Are Alive helps students appreciate aquatic environments

National Park Service educational opportunities actively engage participants in learning about the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers, their watersheds, and developing a sense of personal stewardship. Teachers and group leaders can schedule educational programs at outdoor river sites, park visitor centers, and in school classrooms at no cost. To schedule a free program or obtain more information, please contact one of the following members of the Educational Partnerships Team. Programming is limited and scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Park rangers present programs within one-hour driving time from visitor centers. Programs are developed for groups of 15 to 30 participants. Larger or smaller groups should contact a ranger for availability.

St. Croix River Visitor Center,
St. Croix Falls, WI,
Dale Cox 715-483-2272 or 2274 e-mail

Namekagon Visitor Center
Spooner/Trego, WI
Branda Thwaits 715-635-8346 e-mail

 

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway currently has one curriculum package available for teacher use. It is called Rivers are Alive and is targeted to fourth graders. The curriculum may be downloaded and printed out or you can contact a staff member to learn more about the program. Rivers Are Alive (pdf file)

The park also has a bibliography of suggested reading for teachers and students about the history and ecology of the Riverway.

Did You Know?

A very narrow insect with skinny legs and a tail

Water scorpions use their tails or siphons as a a "snorkel" thrusting it up through the surface film on the water to the air above. Their legs are not much use in swimming, so most water scorpions spend life near the shoreline.