Former Wild River State Park Naturalist Kacie Carlson wishes to thank all the people who volunteered at the park last year.
• Visitors volunteered 381 hours as Species Stewards.
• Volunteers pulled buckthorn for 60 hours.
• School groups donated 389 hours of spreading and collecting prairie seed.
• Volunteers spent 722 hours surveying and documenting snakes, owls, frogs, toads, bluebirds, warblers, Henslow’s sparrows, orchids, and more.
• Volunteers offered 418 hours of assistance to people at the Visitor Center.
• Volunteers walked, talked and interacted with visitors for 406 hours at programs.
• 370 gallons of sap were collected for syrup.
• Volunteers spent 999 hours stacking firewood, cleaning, raking, shoveling, and maintaining facilities and trails.
• Camp hosts volunteered 950 hours in the campground.
• Friends of Wild River State Park board members spent 144 hours raising awareness and funds for the park programs.
• Thousands of dollars-worth of prairie seed was collected.
As a result of the volunteering:
• 8,829 people attended 238 interpretive programs.
• The new Legacy-funded canoes brought 216 people onto the St. Croix River.
• Wild River State Park representatives were brought to 1,634 people for local community events.
• 185 GPS units, 57 fishing poles and 49 discovery backpacks were checked out to visitors.
• Countless stories were shared and resources were enriched for the hundreds of species that call Wild River “home.”