Explore Your River National Park
Rivers Are Alive is a K-12 environmental education program offered in partnership by the Wild Rivers Conservancy and the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway throughout the St. Croix watershed in every season.
Rivers Are Alive offers engaging, hands-on science activities that connect students to this national park and its watershed.
We believe in empowering educators to be river and watershed experts through valuable teacher in-service workshops.
We'll Bring the River to Your Class...Inside or Outside!
At the River
Field trips on the St. Croix
At the School Yard
Learn close to the classroom
and get outside!
In Your Classroom
Let us bring the river to you with in-person classroom visits!
NPS Visitor Center
Visit the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Visitor Center with your class!
Discover the river through video programs or virtual class visits!
“The kiddos LOVED the entire experience. From the Junior Ranger Workbooks you provided to the field trip to the Visitor's Center to the swearing in ceremony with certificates and badges, it was a fantastic experience. We are beyond grateful. You all made it easy, fun, and totally worthwhile.“
—Rita Platt, Principal, St. Croix Falls & Dresser Elementary Schools
“This trip was amazing and engaging! Extremely inclusive for our diverse group! You guys were fun and engaging. The hands-on activity was amazing. Thank you so much for participating right with the kids, they loved interacting with all of you. Keep doing what you guys are doing!”
—NorthWest Passage Teacher at Wisconsin Interstate State Park
"It was a pleasure working with both of you. You have been so accommodating and so helpful.
We will definitely be in touch to set up another program with you in the future."
—Luck Elementary Teacher, 3rd Grade
“Thank you for the exceptional planning, communication and implementation of the event. It was very well organized and the educators were well prepared for our group. Our girls had a great day!”
—Girl Scout Troop 57688
“Our classes were engaged throughout the sessions and it was an excellent experience. [The] naturalists worked very well with the kids - it was clear they enjoyed interacting with them and were very comfortable with teaching.”
—St. Patrick’s Elementary Teacher, 4th Grade (Hudson)
“Thank you and your staff for an amazing afternoon of learning about water and our river systems. Our third graders had so much fun. We came back to the classroom to summarize what they had learned, and each student could verbalize something they had remembered from each activity. Thank you for taking the time to plan engaging stations, and for visiting our River Crest third grade."
—Mary Glasbrenner, 3rd Grade Teacher, River Crest (Hudson)
How to Request a Program
Learn about the K-12 programs we offer in our Teacher's Guide. Choose the program(s) that suit your class.
Send us your program request. Once the form has been submitted, you will be contacted to schedule your program.
Need more details or have more questions? Contact Wendy Tremblay, at email@example.com.
Rivers Are Alive Teacher Workshops
Empower yourself to become the riverway steward your students can look up to!
Join Wild Rivers Conservancy, National Park Service, and elementary teachers like YOU by diving deep into our K-12 environmental education curriculum, Rivers Are Alive. We will spend the day exploring engaging activities, educating ourselves on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and it’s watershed, and reconnecting with nature through an outdoor adventure.
2023 Teacher Workshop Dates
Spring Teacher Workshop - Saturday, April 1st
Summer Teacher Workshop - Thursday, July 27th
Winter Teacher Workshop, Saturday, December 9th
This year join students across the watershed in learning how climate change is affecting us
and what we can do as a community to help combat those changes.
Registration Opens March 6, 2023
In 2023, students will learn about:
- Local renewable energy efforts and their global effects.
- Weaving indigenous science and culture with "western" academic sciences to create climate literacy.
- The parallels between the lives of trees and humans.
- Ways climate change affects the spread of invasive species and what conservationists are doing to help.
- How to get involved with Climate Justice as a youth activist.
- And more!
Our Rivers Are Alive programming is made possible with support from: