Former Wild River State Park naturalist thanks volunteers

Former Wild River State Park Naturalist Kacie Carlson wishes to thank all the people who volunteered at the park last year.

She noted:

• 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.”

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