Upcoming St. Croix River Association events: Skiing, camping, and protecting forests

Programs include family fun at William O’Brien State Park and two online learning opportunities.




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Via the St. Croix River Association:

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Family Fun: Cross-Country Skiing

Saturday, February 13 from 10 a.m. to noon
William O’Brien State Park

Kick off your boots and throw on some skis as we glide across the snow together at William O’Brien State Park! You’ll get to see oak savannas, prairies, wetlands, and other unique habitats that make the St. Croix River watershed unique and enjoy the beauty of our local national park in wintertime.

This event is open to beginners, families, and whoever else wants to get out in the brisk weather of February. You will need two passes to participate in this event—a State Park Pass vehicle permit, and The Great Minnesota Ski Pass, both of which can be purchased online in advance. This is a bring your own skis event. (William O’Brien State Park does not offer ski rentals.)

SCRA Naturalist Jeremiah Walters will be your guide for this informative and fun event.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register!

Lunch & Learn: Camping on the Croix 101

Wednesday, February 17 from 12:00-1:00 PM
Online via Zoom

Have you ever paddled down the St. Croix and wondered what it takes to camp right on the banks? Start planning your camping trip with us!

Join us on Wednesday, February 17 from 12:00-1:00 PM to learn where you can camp, what permits and reservation you might need, what amenities are found at the campsites, and what the expectations are for camping in these very unique and sought-after sites in our nation’s first Wild and Scenic River National Park.

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Park Ranger Dale Cox will share the ins and outs of camping on the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers and how to find your place in this park. Dale has been a Park Ranger with the National Park Service for over 25 years, most of that time with the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Originally from the Ozarks river country, he has spent his career exploring wild places and paddling moving waters. Today he sees the story of our nation’s waters as a cautionary tale about our country and its people.

This event is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.

2021 St. Croix Forestry Conference

March 12, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Join the St. Croix River Association and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the 2021 St. Croix Forestry Conference and learn about the challenges, successes, and future directions of forest management.

This year, our annual St. Croix Forestry Conference will be held virtually. The conference is designed for local, state, federal, and private foresters, land managers and other natural resources professionals, and landowners interested in maintaining a healthy forested watershed.

Expert speakers for the conference are from state, academia, private, and non-profit organizations. Presentations this year include:

  • Climate Change and Ecosystems
  • Forest Pollinators
  • Impacts of EAB on Wildlife
  • Jumping Worms in Minnesota: What to Know about these Emerging Species
  • And much more!

Download agenda and flyer (PDF)

Cost: $40. 5 CFE Credits available for attending the entire conference.

Registration is now open, click here to register!