With life’s recent pause, we hope you are able to be reminded of the value of nature. Immerse yourself in it! Feel its importance, it’s simplicity and its power to heal. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our nations holiday to honor our natural surroundings this April 22!
Fun Fact: Earth Day Started Near Stillwater
Gaylord Nelson, who was the founder of Earth Day , grew up in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, which is about 20 miles east of Stillwater. Nelson was also the chief author of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which included the St. Croix and Namekagon. Read more about this local conservation connection in an article from local writer Greg Seitz of St. Croix 360 based on an interview with Gaylord Nelson’s daughter Tia who’s an environmental leader in her own right.
Explore the Riverway
The annual “Celebrate YOUR Croix Challenge” will run from March 13-September 26, 2020, which is also National Public Lands Day. Designed to be accessible to all and kid-friendly, this free challenge celebrates the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, its watershed, and the variety of wild spaces it has to offer. Participants can earn points by exploring local trails, on water, land, and by bike. In addition, they can enter to win river-themed prizes while exploring the national park in their own backyard. Check out the upcoming events and exciting programming coming up across the St. Croix watershed at the St. Croix River Association website.
Here’s a few more family-friendly Earth Day activities:
Please note the small section of the bike trail that goes right through downtown Stillwater is closed for flooding prep. It’s best to start the Brown’s Creek trail right at the trailhead on the north end of Main Street by the Zephyr Theatre OR the St. Croix River Crossing Loop trail at the St. Croix River Crossing bridge or on the Wisconsin side.
Key Discover Stillwater Nature Links
- Trails: https://www.discoverstillwater.com/things-to-do/biking-hiking-trails/
- On the Water: https://www.discoverstillwater.com/things-to-do/on-the-water/
- Parks: https://www.discoverstillwater.com/things-to-do/parks-camping/
Governor Walz Expands Outdoor Recreation Opportunities
On Friday, April 17, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-38, expanding allowable outdoor recreation opportunities to include boating, fishing, hunting, hiking and golfing. The executive order also includes new outdoor recreation guidelines, such as:
- Maintaining 6-foot social distancing
- Avoiding crowded areas, and
- Staying close to home
This measure will allow Minnesotans to take advantage of more opportunities to get outside while still doing their part to keep their neighbors healthy. Get more information on the Governor’s COVID-19 Response and Preparation.
Sustainably-Minded Shops of Stillwater
All of the shops in downtown Stillwater are locally owned, so remember that shopping locally is an environmentally smart choice as is choosing locally made products so be sure to pop into these shops once they can re-open or support now with online shopping where available.
Stillwater has always been a top place in the country for Antiques, but now there is another hot trend tying onto that heritage – vintage home decor. Reclaiming old furniture items and transforming them with fresh new paint or fabric for a repurposed use is the art of today’s vintage trend. Mixing a few second-hand re-inspired pieces with modern touches is a popular vision for people across many generations. What’s more ‘green’ than upcycling? See full list of shops here.
We have a wonderful new shop that was opening up this month, but alas you’ll have to wait to enter on foot until the #stayathome order is lifted. ToxyFree provides plastic free and toxin free solutions for your happy and healthy life.
Minnesota grown and developed, ModernRoots specializes in handcrafting soaps and body care with the use of natural oils, 18th century style with a modern twist. As an essential cleaning products shop, they are OPEN!
Next time you are in town, be sure to check out River Market Co-Op – Stillwater’s finest little grocery store specializing in natural and organic foods since 1978. They are OPEN as an essential food destination so stop in for picnic supplies or snacks after your bike trail excursion! Nutrition classes on topics ranging from gluten free living to bee-keeping taught in their upstairs loft space, check out website for current calendar.
Stay current on COVID-19 updates with these links:
- Discover Stillwater COVID-19 Blog
- 13 Things to Do in Stillwater During the Pandemic
- List of Restaurants with Curbside Take-Out or Delivery
- List of Shops that offer online shopping
Happy Earth Day and thank you to all our visitors for being respectful of our #1 attraction, the St. Croix River.