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National Park Week

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Date: April 30, 2010
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

Celebrate National Park Week at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

National Park Week 2010 will be celebrated from April 17 through 25. The theme for this year is “Share a park, and shape a life.” Introduce a young person to their national parks and introducethem to a new world of experiences that can shape their future and plant the seed of stewardship.

Here are the National Park Week activities scheduled at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.   

America’s Best Idea: A Photographic Journey Through Our National Parks
St. Croix River Visitor Center

Explore America’s national parks in an exhibit of stunning landscape photographs by Stan Jorstad,the first professional photographer to photograph all of the National Parks. The photographs capture some of America’s best loved park areas, including Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, as well as lesser known, but no less spectacular, locations like Mammoth Cave and Petrified Forest National Parks. The visitor center is located at 401 North Hamilton Street in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, and will be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily beginning on April 17. Admission to the visitor center is free. For information, call (715) 483-2274. 

Birdwatching Along the Riverway
Saturday, April 17, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Namekagon River Visitor Center

Join a free workshop on birdwatching along the Riverway conducted by Robin Maercklein, a National Park Service biologist. Robin will teach basic identification skills, share tools and methods used in studying birds, and suggest ways to contribute to research through "citizen science" projects. The workshop will also feature a short walk to demonstrate some of the skills while encouraging participation from the group. The Namekagon River Visitor Center is located on Highway 63, a half mile east of Highway 53, in Trego, Wisconsin. Call (320) 629-2148 to register or for more information.

National Park Service rangers will also be at the following events, providing information about the Riverway and promoting the park’s Junior Ranger Program.

Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 17, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Great River Road Learning Center

Meet representatives from area environmental groups and businesses. Stroll among vendor booths, learn about protecting rivers, experience energy innovations, learn about raptors, and much more! For information, call (715) 262-0104. The Great River Road Learning Center is located at 200 Monroe Street in Prescott, Wisconsin.

St. Croix County Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 18, noon to 4:00 p.m.
YMCA Camp St. Croix

The 6th annual St. Croix County Earth Day Celebration is a free family-friendly event. Join in the fun with programs by the Minnesota Raptor Center and Clancy the Mercury Dog, and booths, activities, and crafts by local organizations. For information, call (715) 684-2874, ext 125. YMCA Camp St. Croix is located at 532 County Road F in Hudson, Wisconsin.

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway 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 255 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.

The Riverway is one of 392 units of the National Park System – a system that protects84 million acres of the world’s most spectacular scenery, historic landmarks, and cultural treasures.

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

 

Did You Know?

Two mussels or clams on sand.  They are yellowish brown with greenish stripes

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is home to 40 species of native mussels. Throughout the United States their populations are considered highly threatened. The Higgins Eye Pearly mussel is on the endangered species list.