Watershed Education

From touring project sites to helping plant a rain garden, we offer many opportunities for adults and young people to gain first-hand experience in water quality improvement. 

You can attend a workshop, take a class, participate in a public meeting or forum, or volunteer on a project or event. 

Our current offerings are listed below.  For even more great opportunities throughout Washington County check out the East Metro Water Resource Education Program

Upcoming Educational Events

Lunch and Learn: CAMPING ON THE CROIX 101
The St. croix River Association
Date: Wednesday, February 17th 
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Loaction: Free Online Event
Register HERE: Register
Have you ever paddled down the St. Croix and wondered what it takes to camp right on the banks? Start planning your camping trip with us!

Join us on Wednesday, February 17 from 12:00-1:00 PM to learn where you can camp, what permits and reservation you might need, what amenities are found at the campsites, and what the expectations are for camping in these very unique and sought-after sites in our nation’s first Wild and Scenic River National Park.

Native Shoreline Buffers
Hosted by East Metro Water Resource Education Program & CMSCWD
Date: Thursday, February 25th 
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Loaction: Free Online Event
Register HERE: us02web.zoom.us

Do you live on a lake or wetland?

Learn how to care for your shoreline buffer. Deep-rooted native plants help to prevent shoreline erosion and provide habitat for fish and wildlife.

During this webinar we will discuss:
-Benefits of buffers and native shoreline plantings
-Buffer rules & regulations
-Seasonal maintenance
-Establishing native species and improving buffer habitat
-Resources & funding available to landowners to help protect lakes and wetlands
Women in Conservation: Education and Outreach
The St. croix River Association
Date: Saturday, March 6th 
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Loaction: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center
Register HERE: Register

In honor of Women’s History Month, the St. Croix River Association will host three family-friendly events throughout the month of March to highlight the contributions of women in the field of conservation.

Spend time with Outdoor Educator, Nicole Biagi from the St. Croix River Association and Naturalist Abbey Holden from Carpenter Nature Center (CNC) to learn about their roles as educators in the outdoor industry. Learn about songbirds, raptors, and much more on an informative hike on the CNC grounds and spend time with the ambassador animals while hearing the stories that shaped these two women’s roles in nature and protecting the environment.

This family-friendly event is open to all, but may be especially inspiring for young people with a passion for nature! The hike will primarily be outdoors with a possibility of limited audience inside the Visitor’s Center. We will be following State of Minnesota and CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety. Please bring a facemask and be prepared to follow social distancing protocols.