Via St. Croix River Association:
The St. Croix River Association is pleased to announce that we have received a $5,000 grant from the Xcel Energy Foundation to support the “Rivers Are Alive” K-12 watershed education program.
“Rivers Are Alive” K-12 education program allows teachers and students from all backgrounds to experience the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The St. Croix River Association works in partnership with the National Park Service to provide hands-on, outdoor discovery, and adventure experiences along the vibrant, healthy Riverway in every season. This program currently serves 25 schools in the St. Croix Watershed from as far north as Solon Springs, WI and as far south as Hudson, WI. During the 2017-18 school year, the “Rivers Are Alive” program touched over 3,400 students.
Xcel Energy Foundation supports organizations that protect and enhance the natural environment through the Community Grant Program. The Environment Grants focus on programs or projects that provide hands-on environmental education experiences and curricula that foster an ethic of stewardship and conservation. This grant allows St. Croix River Association to provide in-class and field trips that inspire individuals of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy and appreciate nature, and to be good stewards. We are grateful for their support.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. From this Act, the St. Croix and the Namekagon rivers became the country’s first wild and scenic river national park—the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.