Earth Day in Stillwater

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.

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.

St Croix River Stillwater

Explore the Riverway

Check out the upcoming events and exciting programming coming up across the St. Croix watershed at the St. Croix River Association website or St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

NPS staff helping kids investigate the shoreline with nets at Family Nature Day, Nelson’s Landing

Here’s a few more family-friendly Earth Day activities:

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.

Reclaiming Beautiful. Curbside Pick-Up orders available.

We have a wonderful new shop this year that is your go-to place for natural living. ToxyFree provides plastic free and toxin free solutions for your happy and healthy life.

New Shop at 317 Main St (inside River Exchange Building)

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.

Medicinal Blends connects you to the power of plants for natural healing and wellness. Our curated collection of products combines CBD with restorative botanicals to create remedies that fight inflammation, revive vitality, and relieve body aches and pains.

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. 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.

Green Business Directory

To search for more sustainable businesses in the Stillwater area, visit:

Happy Earth Day and thank you to all our visitors for being respectful of our #1 attraction, the St. Croix River.

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