• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

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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?

Black and White photo of the St. Croix river clogged with logs

Between 1850 and 1889 log jams occurred at angle rock on the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, where the river bends within a rocky gorge. In 1886 over 150 million board feet of logs jammed creating a tourist attraction. Today St. Croix NSR attracts tourists for its scenic beauty.