Caution - High River Levels and Changing Conditions
Areas of the Namekagon and St. Croix Rivers are experiencing late season high water levels due to recent rainfall. River users should prepare for swifter than normal currents, cool water temperatures, and floating or submerged debris in the rivers. More »
Help Kids Discover That Rivers Are Alive
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?
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.