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Sunday Coffee Walks

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Date: May 9, 2014
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

Join a Park Ranger for Sunday Morning Coffee Walks

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin:Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the St. Croix River Valley with some fresh coffee, good conversation, and a healthy morning walk next to the St. Croix River. Park rangers and naturalists from the National Park Service and Minnesota and Wisconsin State Parks will lead these walks (with coffee provided!) one Sunday each month, May through September.

Sunday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. Ridgeview Trail – Chisago Loop

This 1 ½ mile loop trail traverses basalt rock outcroppings with some scenic views of St. Croix River backwaters. Meet the Park Ranger at the Chisago Loop Trailhead, located just north of Osceola, Wisconsin, 1 mile west of Wisconsin Highway 35 on Polk County Road S.

Sunday, June 15, 9:00 a.m. Railroad Trail at Minnesota Interstate State Park

Explore the abandoned route of the Northern Pacific Railway as we follow the Railroad Trail approximately ¾ mile out to a lovely sandstone outcropping and ¾ mile back. Meet the Park Ranger at the Taylors Falls Community Center parking lot, located off of Government Street (behind the Adium Gas Station) in Taylors Falls.

Sunday, July 20, 9:00 a.m.Riverside Trail at William O'Brien State Park

Take a stroll along the beautiful St. Croix River and Lake Alice. On this 1 ½ mile loop, we will explore some of the plants and animals that live in this river floodplain habitat. Meet in the picnic grounds. There is no charge for the hike, but an annual or daily Minnesota state park vehicle pass is required to enter the park.

Save the date for these hikes occurring later in the year.

Sunday, August 17 at Afton State Park

Sunday, September 21 at Wisconsin Interstate Park

Each walk will be on a developed trail and last about 1 to 1 ½ hours at a leisurely pace. Uneven terrain exists in places on some of these trails, so participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes, clothing appropriate for the weather, and to bring water, snacks or other items as needed.

These morning walks are free and open to all members of the public. Walks may be cancelled in the event of threatening or inclement weather. For more information, please call the St. Croix River Visitor Center at 715-483-2274.

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 255 miles, the St. Croix and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.

Learn more at www.nps.gov/sacn.

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.