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Open Water: A Conservancy Celebration

April 21, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Join Wild Rivers Conservancy on Friday, April 21 for Open Water: A Conservancy Celebration. 

Open water season is upon us! Let’s connect with fellow river lovers, revel over a delicious dinner, and enjoy an enthralling presentation by supporter Debra Mitts-Smith, titled What Big Eyes You Have: A Cultural History of the Wolf.

Social hour will begin at 5:30 PM, followed by dinner at 6:30 PM, and our featured speaker at 7:30 PM.

Plus, the Watershed Steward and Every Kid in the Croix Awards are back! Share your nominees by March 1! The St. Croix Stewardship Award recognizes the contributions of those who fight to protect, enhance and celebrate our national park and extraordinary natural resources. The Every Kid in the Croix Award celebrates schools that are committed to making environmental education and the “Rivers Are Alive” K-12 environmental education program a priority for their students.

Tickets are $60 per person and pre-registration is required. There will be a cash bar, cheers!

Reserve Your Ticket Today!

The deadline to register is Sunday, April 16th.

For information on purchasing a table of 10, please reach out to our office at 715-483-3300 or info@wildriversconservancy.org.


What Big Eyes You Have: A Cultural History of the Wolf
From prehistoric cave artifacts and images to present-day television ads, Debra explores the depiction of the wolf through text and images while considering the values and attitudes that helped to shape them. She will also discuss the way these images and texts impart social, cultural, and scientific information not only about wolves but also about humans and human behavior.

Debra Mitts-Smith lives on a 40-acre farm with her husband, three dogs, too many cats, and koi. She has a PhD and two master’s degrees from the University of Illinois. Her passion is animals, most especially wolves, and ravens. She is a regular contributor to International Wolf and the author of Picturing the Wolf in Children’s Literature (Routledge, 2010). She is currently working on a cultural history of the wolf.


April 21, 2023
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Wild Rivers Conservancy
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Lake Elmo Inn Event Center
3712 Layton Ave N.
Lake Elmo, 55042 United States
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