SCRA Blog

Listening and Learning Together: A Message from Our Executive Director, Deb Ryun

By Sophia Patane | June 3, 2020

Dear River Friends, I write to you today with a heavy heart. The stress we all feel from the coronavirus was enough, but witnessing George Floyd’s death has left so many of us feeling uncertain about our future and what to do. The fear, outrage, trauma, pain, and sadness expressed in the subsequent demonstrations clearly…

Know Before You Boat: Slowing Down on the Lower St. Croix

By Sophia Patane | May 18, 2020

Boating on the St. Croix River offers opportunities for creating great memories and enjoying the unforgettable beauty of our National Scenic Riverway. At times like these, getting out onto the water feels like a welcome escape from being inside our homes, and it is possible to enjoy this activity safely in compliance with social distancing…

Reflections on the Willow River Family Snowshoe with the Advancement of Hmong Americans (AHA)

By Jane Rice | May 14, 2020

In 2013, former Governor Mark Dayton signed a proclamation to declare May 14 as Hmong American Day in Minnesota. Part of the official proclamation reads, “Today recognizes and celebrates the history, culture, and contributions of Hmong Americans in Minnesota.” As spring begins to bloom over the St. Croix Valley, it’s hard to imagine that just…

A Spirit of Collaboration: The Partnership of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and the St. Croix River Association

By Sophia Patane | April 24, 2020

It’s no secret that big tasks are made easier with the help of friends, and the management and protection of national parks is no exception. On this Friendship Friday of National Park Week 2020, we’d like to take the opportunity to showcase the collaboration between the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, administered by the National…

SCRA Outside: Paddle Prep

By Jane Rice | April 21, 2020

The weather is getting warmer and the river is opening up! It’s time to get ready to paddle the Namekagon and St. Croix Rivers this summer. Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting ready for a day trip on these wild and scenic rivers.   Note: Be sure to follow any safety regulations regarding COVID-19 and…

From Tree Sap to Syrup: Learn How to Tap Your Maple Trees with Don Hansen

By Nichole Henger | April 17, 2020

On April 4, 2020, the St. Croix River Association (SCRA) was set to host a Maple Syruping Workshop geared towards landowners at Osprey Wilds. The event would include activities such as identifying sugar maple trees, an overview of tree tapping equipment, touring Osprey Wild’s sugar shack, and a presentation by a local landowner who has…