Fabulous fall festivities in the St. Croix River Valley

Events and activities range from butterfly theater in Prescott to canoe lessons in St. Croix Falls, and lots more.




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Raptor release at Carpenter Nature Center (Photo courtesy UMN Raptor Center)

Summer in the St. Croix Valley is so sweet, but fall is fabulous!

The St. Croix Valley Interpretive Association partners have many outdoor activities scheduled in September and October, so please join us as we say goodbye to summer, hello to awesome autumn colors, and celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (rivers.gov) and the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway (nps.gov/sacn).

Afton State Park

Fall Color Walk (Sept 22), Fall Color Coffee Walk and Talk (Oct 13), Archery in the Park (Oct 18), Geocaching 101 (Oct 19)

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Carpenter Nature Center

Raptor Release (Sept 22), Public Bird Banding (Sept 22), Fall Raptor Count and Hawk Watch (Sept 29), Apple Fest (Oct 13, 14)

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Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park, Inc.

Edible Aquifers (Sept 1), Hiking Thru History (Sept 2), Yoga in the Park (Sept 8), Family Yoga (Sept 15), Fungi in the Forests (Sept 22), Children’s Hike (Sept 29), Fall Festival (Oct 6), Halloween Bash (Oct 27)

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Friends of Wisconsin Interstate Park

Learn to Canoe (Sept 8, 29), Edible and Medicinal Plant Hike (Sept 29)

Great River Road Visitor Center

Beth Bacon Artist Reception (Sept 14), The Way of the Monarch: Heart of the Beast Theater (Sept 15)

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Minnesota Interstate Park

Kid Scientists Explore the Potholes (Aug 3), Guided Glacial Pothole Tours (Every weekend), Fall Discovery Hike (Sept 15), Leaf Art Nature Craft (Sept 16), Adventure Hike on the Sandstone Bluffs Trail (Sept 22)

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St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

50th Anniversary Heart of the River Art Show (Sept 15), National Public Lands Day Volunteer Day (Sept 22)

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St. Croix River Association

Learn to Canoe at WI Interstate (Sept 8, 29), 50th Anniversary Heart of the River Art Show (Sept 15), National Public Lands Day Volunteer Day (Sept 22), Fall Colors Paddle (Oct 13), Wild and Scenic River Cruise (Oct 14)

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Warner Nature Center

Monarch Tagging (Sept 8), Fall Color Blast (Oct 7)

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William O’Brien State Park

Skull Detectives (Sept 1), Snake Discovery (Sept 8), Geocaching 101 (Sept 16, 22, Oct 13), Happy Falloween Festival (Oct 20)

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Wild River State Park

Harvest Time on the Prairie (Sept 23), Fall Color Walk (Oct 6), Fall Color Photography (Oct 7), The Great Cauldron Cache (Oct 19)

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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. The St. Croix River Association (SCRA) is the official partner for the Riverway.


The St. Croix River Association works to protect, restore and celebrate the St. Croix River and its watershed. With an approach based on partnerships, the organization is working to realize a vision for the St. Croix as a place where rivers run free and clean, a diverse habitat sustains our unique and diverse flora and fauna, people have access to our National Park and the park flourishes, towns throughout the basin thrive, and people celebrate the river. More information is available at www.stcroixriverassociation.org.