SOFAS: Family Fun
Contact: Dale Cox, 715-483-2272
St. Croix Valley Families: Get off the Sofa! Join the SOFAS!
Longing for fun, outdoor family time? The National Park Service, Wisconsin State Parks, Minnesota State Parks, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are uniting this summer to offer the first of its kind, action-packed family adventure club in the St. Croix Valley.
The Summer Outdoor Family Adventure Series, or SOFAS, will take area residents on a variety of hikes, paddles, and fun activities during the summer of 2010. Each week, we’ll explore a new spot in the St. Croix River Valley. Join the club, get your passport book, attend seven or more events, and receive the 2010 SOFAS collectable pin.
The SOFAS kick-off will be held on Sunday, June 6 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Osceola Landing. Families can bring a picnic to the landing, participate in a variety of activities, and learn about SOFAS. Along with picking up the summer passport book, activities will include animal track printing, a scavenger hunt, and nature journal making, along with opportunities to learn about edible wild plants and native freshwater mussels. The kick-off event is free.
Osceola Landing is located on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River, off of Highway 243, a quarter mile west of Osceola, Wisconsin. The Highway 243 bridge is expected to be open to single lane traffic on June 6 due to a rehabilitation project. Check http://www.dot.state.mn.us/roadwork/current.html for current information.
The 2010 SOFAS schedule includes the following programs:
Sunday, June 13, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 20, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 27, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 4, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 11, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, July 16, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 17, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Sunday, July 18, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 25, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 8, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 15, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 22, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Trumpeter Swan Experience, Crex Meadows Wildlife Area
Sunday, August 29, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Every event is suitable for ages 10 and up, and every other event for ages 6 and up. All programs are free unless noted. A state park vehicle permit ($5-$10/day, $25-$35/year) is required for programs that take place within a state park. Programs require physical activity and will take place rain or shine. Please dress appropriately.
For additional information, call (715) 483-2274.
Did You Know?
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.