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    Saint Croix

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Help Kids Discover That Rivers Are Alive

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Date: August 19, 2013
Contact: Jonathan Moore , 715-491-6839

Help Kids Discover That Rivers Are Alive!

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: Are you passionate about the Namekagon and St. Croix rivers? Interested in sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with local students? Join the National Park Service this fall and become a volunteer for the “Rivers Are Alive” program.

Each fall, hundreds of fourth graders visit the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway for “Rivers Are Alive” field trips. Students discover river life by going mucking with a dip net, learn what the creatures they capture reveal about water quality, and discuss what they can do to protect the Riverway.

“This program literally teaches kids to look beyond the surface. It sparks their imaginations about discovering hidden things, exploring new areas and topics, and seeing the world from a different perspective,” remarked Julie Galonska, manager of the Riverway’s education programs.

The National Park Service is currently recruiting volunteers for the “Rivers Are Alive” programs. Volunteers will assist a National Park Ranger in providing a safe and educational experience for the students. Duties may include loading/unloading equipment, setting up equipment, mucking in the river, leading an activity, and/or presenting a program. Programs take place on weekdays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at a variety of river landings on the St. Croix and Namekagon.

For information about volunteer opportunities and to get involved, please contact Jonathan Moore at e-mail us or (715) 491-6839.

Teachers interested in scheduling “Rivers are Alive” field trips should call Branda Thwaits at (715) 635-8346, ext 425.



 


 

Did You Know?

What looks like a striped fish with several tails is actually the opening of the mussel shell which is hard to see.

Mussels rely on fish to carry their young around until they are old enough to drop to the river bottom. To attract the fish and attach their young, mussels put on displays that make fish think they are fish or other food. The mussel shell, which is all we normally see, is now barely visible.