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July Events- Upper St Croix and Namekagon

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Date: June 25, 2009
Contact: Branda Thwaits, 715-635-8346
Contact: Jean Van Tatenhove, 320-629-2148

July Events Along the Namekagon and Upper St. Croix Rivers

Fly tying workshops and programs on mussels, frogs, and wolves are highlights of the July 2009 programs offered by the National Park Service along the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.  The public is invited to attend the following programs, all located between Grantsburg and Cable, Wisconsin.

Friday, July 3, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Underwater World
Riverside Landing
It’s a whole other world down there! Find out what a wonderful home the St. Croix River provides for aquatic animals. Join a park ranger to wade in the shallows and try your hand at catching some river residents. If you want to get wet, wear foot protection and shorts. Sunscreen, a towel, and a hat are always a good bet. We’ll provide the nets and buckets. This program will be canceled during thunderstorms. For information, call (320) 629-2148. Free.

Friday, July 3, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Fly Tying Workshop
Cable Natural History Museum
Whether you’re an experienced angler or a beginner, this is a unique opportunity to learn about basic and advanced techniques of fly tying, as well as watershed ecology, aquatic insects, and conservation. Participants will become familiar with fly tying equipment and materials. Experts will also provide information on how stream and watershed conservation can affect the future water quality of the Namekagon River. Fly tying kits and materials will be available for use by workshop participants. This is a free program limited to 10 participants, 7 by reservation with 3 walk-up spots available. For ages 14 and older. For information and to place reservations, contact the Namekagon River Visitor Center at (715) 635-8346.

Friday, July 3, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Secret Life of Clams
Earl Park Landing
Join a National Park Service Ranger to learn about the mysterious lives of clams and mussels of the Namekagon and St. Croix rivers. Discover why these rivers provide such a good home to so many mussels and why it is important not to disturb them. Finish by making your very own mussel puppet. For information, call (715) 635-8346. Free. 

Saturday, July 4, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Frogs Along the Riverway
Gordon Dam County Park
Join a National Park Ranger to learn why frogs like to make their homes on the Riverway. Through games and interactive fun, learn how to identify frogs by their calls. How far can you jump compared to a bullfrog?  Join the ranger in making origami frogs and in a jumping contest at the end of the program. For information, call (715) 635-8346. Free.

Saturday, July 4, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Dragonflies: The Dragons of the Deep
St. Croix State Park
Have you ever seen a dragonfly and wondered how they start their lives. Did you know that the St. Croix River is a great place to study dragonflies? Join Park Ranger Katie Worrell to discover how these underwater dragons become the winged insects we commonly see. There is no charge for the program, but an annual Minnesota state park vehicle sticker or daily pass is required to enter St. Croix State Park. For information, call (320) 629-2148.

Sunday, July 5, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. 
Underwater World
Riverside Landing
See program description for July 3.

Sunday, July 5, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Wolves Along the Riverway
Governor Knowles State Forest, St. Croix Campground
Are you lucky enough to see a wolf at the river’s edge? Join National Park Ranger Senja Melin as she explains why these animals live here and why they are seldom seen. So how do we know they are around?  Join Ranger Senja in making plaster wolf tracks at the beginning of the program. For information, call (320) 629-2148. Free.

Friday, July 10, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Fly Tying Workshop
Marshland Center
Whether you’re an experienced angler or a beginner, this is a unique opportunity to learn about basic and advanced techniques of fly tying, as well as watershed ecology, aquatic insects, and conservation. Participants will become familiar with fly tying equipment and materials. Experts will also provide information on how stream and watershed conservation can affect the future water quality of the St. Croix River. Fly tying kits and materials will be available for use by workshop participants. This is a free program limited to 10 participants, 7 by reservation with 3 walk-up spots available. For ages 14 and older. For information and to place reservations, contact the Namekagon River Visitor Center at (715) 635-8346.

Saturday, July 11, 10:00 to 11:00, a.m.
Junior Ranger Program: Bald Eagles
Marshland Center
The chances of seeing a bald eagle when out on the St. Croix or Namekagon rivers is great! Join a park ranger to find out what the eagles are up to at this time of year and what lies ahead for this majestic symbol of our country.  This program will cover material for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Junior Ranger Activity Booklet and help potential Junior Rangers earn their badges. For information, call (320) 629-2148. Free.

Saturday, July 11, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
The Secret Life of Clams
Cable Natural History Museum
Join a National Park Service Ranger to learn about the mysterious lives of clams and mussels of the Namekagon and St. Croix rivers. Discover why these rivers provide such a good home to so many mussels and why it is important not to disturb them. Finish by making your very own mussel puppet. For information, call (715) 635-8346. Free. 

Saturday, July 11, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Nature Lab with a Ranger at the Cable Natural History Museum
Cable, WI
Have you ever thought about paddling the Namekagon River? Are you planning a camping trip down the river and need maps? Do you wonder what kind of fish you saw swimming in the river? Do you want to know if there are wolves along the river? Stop in the Cable Natural History Museum to talk with a National Park Service Ranger and get answers to these questions and more. Join the ranger in the Nature Lab to learn more about freshwater mussels. This is made possible through a partnership with the Cable Natural History Museum. For information, call (715) 635-8346. Free.

Saturday, July 11, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Underwater World
County O Landing
It’s a whole other world down there! Find out what a wonderful home the St. Croix River provides for aquatic animals. Join a park ranger to wade in the shallows and try your hand at catching some river residents. If you want to get wet, wear foot protection and shorts. Sunscreen, a towel, and a hat are always a good bet. We’ll provide the nets and buckets. This program will be canceled during thunderstorms.  For information, call (320) 629-2148. Free.

Saturday, July 11, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
R
ivers Are Alive
Earl Park Landing
Explore the world of the Namekagon River with the National Park Service.  Step into the river with nets and discover what lies beneath the water’s surface.  Bring water shoes and dress for getting wet!  For information, call (715) 635-8346. Free.

Sunday, July 12, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
The Secret Life of Clams
Gordon Dam County Park
Join a National Park Service Ranger to learn about the mysterious lives of clams and mussels of the Namekagon and St. Croix rivers. Discover why these rivers provide such a good home to so many mussels and why it is important not to disturb them. Finish by making your very own mussel puppet. For information, call (715) 635-8346. Free. 

Sunday, July 12, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Underwater World
County O Landing
See program description for July 11.

Friday, July 17, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Fly Tying Workshop
Namekagon River Visitor Center
Whether you’re an experienced angler or a beginner, this is a unique opportunity to learn about basic and advanced techniques of fly tying, as well as watershed ecology, aquatic insects, and conservation. Participants will become familiar with fly tying equipment and materials. Experts will also provide information on how stream and watershed conservation can affect the future water quality of the Namekagon River. Fly tying kits and materials will be available for use by workshop participants. This is a free program limited to 10 participants, 7 by reservation with 3 walk-up spots available. For ages 14 and older. For information and to place reservations, contact the Namekagon River Visitor Center at (715) 635-8346.

Friday, July 17, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Wolves Along the Riverway
St. Croix State Park
Are you lucky enough to see a wolf at the river’s edge? Join National Park Ranger Senja Melin as she explains why these animals live here and why they are seldom seen. So how do we know they are around?  There is no charge for the program, but an annual Minnesota state park vehicle sticker or daily pass is required to enter St. Croix State Park. For information, call (320) 629-2148.

Saturday, July 18
Junior Ranger Day
Various Times and Locations
Are you the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway’s next Junior Ranger? Join National Park Rangers as they celebrate junior rangers with special activities.  Kids ages 8 to 12 can pick up a Junior Ranger Booklet at one of the locations listed below and complete 10 activities to receive a certificate and Junior Ranger Badge! Do a dragonfly dance. Learn an Ojibwe story. Break a code. Create your own logging brand!

At the Namekagon River Visitor Center, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Join a National Park Service Ranger for Junior Ranger programs about the Namekagon and St. Croix rivers at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. There will be activities for all ages, including making plaster wolf tracks and creating a mussel puppet. Junior Ranger badges and certificates will be awarded at noon and 2:00 p.m. at formal ceremonies or for individuals as they complete the requirements.  For information, call (715) 635-8346. Free.

At the Marshland Center, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Stop by the visitor center to work on booklet activities. Life jacket activities and movie showings of The St. Croix: A Northwoods Journey will be presented throughout the day against a backdrop of the exhibit, “America’s Best Idea: A Photographic Journey Through Our National Parks.” The following programs offered throughout the day will highlight topics from the Junior Ranger Activity Booklet.
10:00 a.m.: Beaver, Muskrats and Otters
11:00 a.m.: Bald Eagles—A Success Story?1:00 p.m.: Scavenger Hunt Hike
2:00 p.m.: Dragonflies: Dragons of the Deep
3:00 p.m.: The Trading Post—Can You Barter?For information, call (320) 629-2148. Free.

Saturday, July 18, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Nature Lab with a Ranger at the Cable Natural History Museum
Cable, WI
Have you ever thought about paddling the Namekagon River? Are you planning a camping trip down the river and need maps? Do you wonder what kind of fish you saw swimming in the river? Do you want to know if there are wolves along the river? Stop in the Cable Natural History Museum to talk with a National Park Service Ranger and get answers to these questions and more. Join the ranger in the Nature Lab to learn more about wolves along the Riverway and make a plaster wolf track. This is made possible through a partnership with the Cable Natural History Museum.  For information, call (715) 635-8346. Free.

Thursday, July 23, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Frogs Along the Riverway
Phillipi Bridge Landing
Join a National Park Ranger and learn why frogs like to make their homes on the Riverway. Through games and interactive fun, learn how to identify frogs by their calls. How far can you jump compared to a bullfrog?  Join the ranger in making origami frogs and in a jumping contest at the end of the program. For information, call (715) 635-8346. Free.

Saturday, July 25, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.Underwater World
Riverside Landing
See program description for July 3.

Friday, July 31, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Wolves Along the Riverway
Earl Park Landing
Have you ever wondered if timber wolves live along the Namekagon and St. Croix rivers?  Do you want to know if that track you saw was from a wolf?  Join the National Park Service and find answers to these questions and more.  Make plaster wolf tracks and learn how to howl like a wolf.   For information, call (715) 635-8346. Free.

Friday, July 31, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Secret Life of Clams
Howell Landing
Join a National Park Service Ranger to learn about the mysterious lives of clams and mussels of the Namekagon and St. Croix rivers. Discover why these rivers provide such a good home to so many mussels and why it is important not to disturb them. Finish by making your very own mussel puppet. For information, call (715) 635-8346. Free. 

Visitors are also encouraged to stop by the Namekagon River Visitor Center, located on Highway 63, a half mile east of Highway 53, in Trego, Wisconsin.  It features exhibits on the river’s natural environment, the 18-minute film The St. Croix:  A Northwoods Journey, and a bookstore.  It is also a great place to plan a paddle along the river, providing visitors with maps and guides of the National Scenic Riverway. Through Labor Day, the visitor center is open seven days a week, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For information, call (715) 635-8346

The Marshland Center, 15975 State Hwy 70, Pine City, Minnesota, on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River, 5 miles west of Grantsburg, Wisconsin, currently features the free exhibit, America’s Best Idea:  A Photographic Journey Through Our National Parks.  Exhibit hours are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until July 26.  In addition to the exhibit, visitors can view The St. Croix:  A Northwoods Journey. For additional information or to schedule an appointment for a group tour, call (320) 629-2148.

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System, was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968; it is one of a group of eight rivers in the country which first received this recognition.  For 252 miles, the St. Croix River and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.

 For additional information on the Riverway, please  call (715) 483-2274.

Did You Know?

Three waterboatmens on a rock, they are dark brown and the leags are visible

Water boatmen have no gills but rather trap air with the hairs on their legs and the air bubble encircles their bodies, making them appear shiny. Their front legs are short, their middle legs are long and slender and their back legs are shaped like paddles fringed with hair.