Springing Ahead with the River Spring has arrived in the Riverway! As the temperatures warm, here are some tips for staying safe, spotting the first beautiful woodland blooms, and planning ahead for your summer camping adventures. Springtime is a welcome sight in the Riverway, but winter still feels like a close companion as pieces of…

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Explore the Namekagon with SCRA’s Three-Day Paddles Many people have found solace in the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway during the uncertainties of 2020. For participants in the SCRA Namekagon Three-Day Paddles, the solace of the Namekagon River combines with the opportunity to safely enjoy the companionship of others in a fully supported trip. “The…

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Meet Our Board: Stu Neville For the members of the SCRA Board of Directors, protecting the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers and their watershed is an ongoing effort driven by a deep love of place, community, and appreciation for the wild and scenic values of this national park. In our new “Meet Our Board” series,…

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Wild Watershed: Animal Tracks by Jeremiah Walters, SCRA Naturalist There are many ways to see wild animals in the St. Croix River watershed, but you may find yourself looking for the animal itself and not notice what they left behind. Wild animals are sometimes showy and other times elusive, yet those elusive ones still give…

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Nature Journaling in the Riverway If your goals for the new year include fostering your creativity or getting outside more, consider giving nature journaling a try! SCRA’s Communications Coordinator, Sophia Patane, shares some tips for getting started. Around the same time I moved to the Riverway a few years ago, I picked up a copy…

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Finding Peace in Our Park As 2020 draws to a close, our SCRA staff and Board Chair wanted to share a few favorite spots throughout the St. Croix River watershed that sustained us in the midst of a complex year.  Deb Ryun, Executive Director Favorite Spot of 2020: Fish Lake Wildlife Area, NW Wisconsin When…

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Giving Thanks Happy Thanksgiving! As we reflect on all we have to be thankful for, we can’t help but think of you—the wonderful community of members, donors, volunteers, and river lovers that care for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. 2020 has been a challenging year for us all. We’ve had to adapt at every…

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Finding Phragmites Imagine a grass that can grow to heights of 12 to 20 feet. For invasive phragmites, the sky might seem to be the limit, which makes monitoring efforts essential to stopping their spread. Katie Sickmann, SCRA’s Invasive Species Coordinator, and Jeremiah Walters, SCRA’s Naturalist, have been conducting monitoring efforts as part of a…

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Written by Bethany Cox, Director of Development.   Getting out safely during a global pandemic to have a family adventure seems unrealistic. And yet, the Cox family needed to get out, so we used my 1st grader’s MEA break to do just that. As the book, Do Princesses and Super Heroes Hit the Trails? says,…

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