Volunteers Needed at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

Opportunities include water quality monitoring, greeting visitors, watching for invasive species, and more.




3 minute read

Via the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway:

Celebrate National Park Week (April 20-28) by becoming a volunteer at the national park in your backyard! Are you passionate about the St. Croix River? Interested in sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with others?

The Volunteer Program at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is seeking volunteers to fill a variety of roles during the upcoming summer season:

Arcola Mills Visitor Center

Arcola Mills main house, built in 1847Help visitors step back in time at this 1840s lumber site south of Marine on St. Croix. Volunteers will greet visitors, provide information, and perform other duties. Various weekday and weekend shifts are available. The center will be open from May through October in partnership with the Arcola Mills Historic Foundation.

St. Croix River Visitor Center

Photo courtesy Partners & Sirny Architects
Partners & Sirny Architects photo

Help people connect with their Riverway at the park’s year-round visitor center in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Primary duties including staffing the visitor center desk, answering visitor questions in person and by phone, and distributing maps and brochures. Various weekday and weekend shifts are available.

Project RED

Zebra mussels
Zebra mussels

The St. Croix River Association, River Alliance of Wisconsin and National Park Service (NPS) will be training citizens to become Riverine Early Detectors. Volunteers will assist in detecting invasive species early, when it is still possible to isolate or eradicate the infestation. Enjoy paddling and protecting your river at the same time!

Algae Alert Network

Algae bloom at Isle Royale (NPS photo)
Algae bloom at Isle Royale (NPS photo)

Contribute to citizen science and public safety by helping monitor the St. Croix River for algal blooms and collecting water samples. Volunteers are needed on a regular and on-call basis between July and September from Wild River State Park to Stillwater. In partnership with the St. Croix River Association.

Fairy Falls & St. Croix Boom Site

Vandalism at the Boom Site
Vandalism at the Boom Site

Volunteers are needed to help perform site monitoring at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Boom Site Historical Wayside and the Riverway’s Fairy Falls area. Primary duties include visiting the sites on a regular basis, picking up litter, and monitoring site conditions. Both sites are located north of Stillwater, Minnesota. In partnership with Friends of the St. Croix Boom Site.

For information about volunteer opportunities and to get involved, please contact Jonathan Moore at jonathan_moore@nps.gov or (715) 491-6839.


You may republish this article online or in print under our Creative Commons license. You may not edit or shorten the text, you must attribute the article to St. Croix 360 and you must include the author’s name in your republication.

If you have any questions, please email greg@stcroix360.com


Creative Commons License Attribution-ShareAlikeCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike
Volunteers Needed at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway