Our Rivers Are Alive!

Howdy everyone! It’s been a while since my last post, so I am back with more updates!

Time has passed very fast, and I really can’t believe it’s about to be July. During this past month, I have had the opportunity to be part of wonderful activities and programs here at the St. Croix National River Scenic Riverway, and I have had a blast interacting with the community here. At the beginning of the month, I participated in a fishing program organized by the Wild Rivers Conservancy called “The Rivers Are Alive”. This program takes place in Square Lake, located in Stillwater, Minnesota and it is offered to people who come from other countries and who are learning English. Its purpose is to allow them to learn how to fish and kayak, and I had the privilege to be part of the fishing program and teach the basics of how to use a fishing rod and how to fish, along with other interns, It was such an amazing time and almost everyone was able to catch their first fish ever (and that includes me as well). It was very rewarding to see the happiness in everyone’s faces, and it was a great opportunity to teach them about fish conservation and how valuable our rivers and lakes are.

During this month, I was also able to get to know more about the upper part of the riverway, the Namekagon River, which is the longest tributary to the St. Croix River and it is over 100 miles long! Along with other interns, we stopped at different landings in the riverway and set up a table to talk about river conservation and to answer any questions that visitors had. A lot of these landings are used for tubing, kayaking, and canoeing, so it is important to educate people on how to take care of our rivers. We interacted with over 100 visitors, who were all happy to have the National Park Service presence there. If there is anything that I have learned from everyone who comes and visits the riverway, is that the riverway has a soul, a soul that cares and loves everyone that comes in contact with it, and to remember that our rivers are alive!!

Lastly, all the interns from the National Park Service and myself were part of kayak training and it was so awesome! The purpose of this training was to learn the proper techniques of kayaking along with safety measures and what to do in dangerous situations. This training took place in the Namekagon River, and we were taught how to use a throw rope in case someone is in the water, and how to provide help to someone who has gone overboard. This was such a blast, as we spent a day making sure everyone felt comfortable in these situations and provide help whenever it is needed.

I am so thankful for all of these experiences and I look forward to continuing to learn and grow throughout this internship, as I only have one month left! Thank you everyone for reading, I will send more updates soon!

Earl's Landing at the Namekagon River!
Fishing Program!
Very first catch (of many, hopefully!)
Kayak Taining!
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