The National Park Service and their friends group, the St. Croix River Association (SCRA), will host their first-ever programming focused on engaging the LGBTQA communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin in outdoor recreation within their local national park – the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway on Sunday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Families and friends alike are welcome to experience an inaugural trip — or second or third — between Minnesota Interstate State Park and Osceola Landing in a canoe or kayak. PRIDE on the Croix is a multifaceted program along this 6.5 mile stretch with something that everyone in any group will enjoy.

Activities for the day include pothole tours at Minnesota Interstate Park at 10am and noon, birdwatching with experienced birders, LGBTQA story-sharing, art on the river, naturalist walks, exploring touch tanks of river fauna, and much more. National Park Service and SCRA staff and volunteers will be available for water safety instruction, and to swear in the next set of Junior Rangers. The location of the paddle features stunning scenery that embodies the Wild and Scenic River designation by which the park was created. Additionally, “PRIDE on the Croix” was designed so even the most beginner paddlers could learn how to paddle, and get their feet wet.

Details of the “PRIDE of the Croix” paddle can be found on the park’s website, or on the website of the friends group, St Croix River Association at: https://www.stcroixriverassociation.org/event/pride-on-the-st-croix/

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