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Speaker: Unique Photography Program

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Date: March 28, 2013
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

Unique Photography Program Featured in April Presentation of the Riverway Speaker Series

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: The fourth presentation of the 2013 Riverway Speaker Series will focus on the impact of a program that uses nature photography as a healing tool for at-risk teens. Join the National Park Service on Saturday, April 13, for a talk and exhibit about the "In a New Light" program in America's national parks.

Note that this is a date change from the original schedule.

Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.
National Parks In a New Light
Presented by Ben Thwaits, Northwest Passage

The "In a New Light" program at Northwest Passage, a residential mental health treatment facility based in Frederic, Wisconsin, empowers troubled teens to engage in photographic journeys of self-expression to catalyze life-long transformative experiences. In 2011 and 2012, youth embarked on tours of Badlands, Isle Royale, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain National Parks, as well as Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, while the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway continues to serve as the home base for the project. Hear powerful stories of healing, renewal, and redemption while viewing the stunning beauty of these places as captured by the "In a New Light" photographers.Discuss nature's role in healing, not just for troubled teens, but for all of us.

Ben Thwaits is the expressive arts coordinator for Northwest Passage and the founder of the "In a New Light" program.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It will take place at the St. Croix River Visitor Center, 401 North Hamilton Street, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.

Reservations are strongly encouraged due to limited seating. To reserve a seat, call (715) 483-2274. Callers can reserve up to 4 seats.

In addition to the presentation, the "National Parks In a New Light" exhibit will be on display in the visitor center. The exhibit opens on April 12 and runs through June 28.

Save the Date for the final presentation of the 2013 Speaker Series:

May 4 at 10:00 a.m.Migration - Beyond the Bottom of the Page
Everett Janssen, Kids Saving the Rainforest

The 2013 Riverway Speaker Series is supported by the St. Croix River Fund. For information on the River Fund, visit http://stcroixriverassociation.org/ways-to-give/river-fund/.

 

Did You Know?

A mussel or clam on the sand.  It is dark and bumpy.

Winged maple leaf mussels were thought to be extinct until some were rediscovered in the St. Croix River in 1987. Today scientists are helping to raise young mussels and re-introducing them into their former range including St. Croix National Scenic Riverway to help prevent future extinction.