Wild Rivers Conservancy

A nonprofit organization

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Give today so that people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can discover the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway through the many outdoor exploration and educational activities offered by Wild Rivers Conservancy.

Our staff lead activities such as kayaking, birding, snowshoeing, ice fishing, camping, and other experiential activities in a safe, educational, and inclusive environment. Getting people outside in the park builds community and creates bonds with the Riverway that inspire and encourage action to protect our water.

In 2023, the Conservancy focused on taking these outdoor experiences to groups who have traditionally not visited our national park, and we were wildy successful. We need your help as our team looks towards 2024 with the goal of reaching even more first time visitors.

Strong partnerships with groups like Advancement of Hmong Americans, Valley Friendship Club, Indigenous Peoples Task Force, BIPOC Birding Club of Wisconsin, and the Lac Courte Oreilles Boys and Girls Club have given us the chance to share these outdoor activities with a broader audience. Your gift today will help fund outdoor education programs for youth and people with differing abilities, provide trip assistance, and scholarships to bring families to the outdoors together.

Wild Rivers Conservancy,  the National Park Service, and the Acreage at Osceola hosted the BIPOC Birding Club of Wisconsin for a weekend of hiking, camping, kayaking, and birding discovery in the St. Croix Valley. Roman, the youngest on the trip at age 9, searched for a Scarlet Tanager all weekend. On Sunday morning, as the group was gathering for a hike around the Conservancy offices, he saw one. The group erupted into cheers once they realized what he had spotted. The positive and encouraging energy of the group was contagious and felt throughout the weekend by everyone involved.

This July, we joined Latino Conservation Week celebrations. This week-long event brings community, non-profit, faith-based, and government organizations and agencies together for local events, nationwide. This year, Wild River Conservancy staff, Conservancy board member Ray Ruiz, and NPS Ranger Dan joined attendees at William O’Brien State Park for a fun-filled day of outdoor programming. We brought together education and outdoor recreation through kayaking, fishing programming, and bird-watching hikes along the St. Croix River.

 Share a gift with the Conservancy to help fund outdoor education programs.

  • $25 - buy new mucking supplies for youth outdoor discovery adventures
  • $50 - purchase one pair of snowshoes for winter adventures 
  • $100 - provide transportation for 100 kids to explore the Riverway
  • $500 - buy fishing poles for year-round outdoor adventures

About Our National Park

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is a border river between Minnesota and Wisconsin. The St. Croix River and its tributary, the Namekagon River, makeup 255 miles of protected Riverway. 

In 1968, these rivers were established as the nation’s first wild and scenic river national park for their free-flowing character, exceptional water quality, and the recreational, cultural, historic, and aesthetic values present in the Riverway. The park is host to globally unique species and is a rare example of a healthy, intact riverine system. 

Visitors can camp, hike, take photos, and observe wildlife in its natural habitat — or swim, paddle, fish, and more. The Riverway is a true recreation “hot-spot” for the nearby Twin Cities Metro area and upwards of a million visitors from around the world each year.

Who We Are

Wild Rivers Conservancy of the St. Croix & Namekagon is the only nonprofit focused specifically and exclusively on the St. Croix watershed. As the official nonprofit partner for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, the Conservancy actively partners with the National Park Service on education initiatives, land and water protection, invasive species detection and prevention, and public access programs.

What You Can Do Today!

Photo Credit: Nicole Biagi, Amy Carrier, Zoe Deal, Rita Flores Wiskowski, Jeff Galligan, Katrina Schlicker, & Wendy Tremblay.

Organization Data


Organization name

Wild Rivers Conservancy

other names

Formerly St. Croix River Association

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Education Environment Community


951 Grand Avenue
St Paul, MN 55105



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