From July 16-21 Hudson will be celebrating its annual RiverFest with a wide range of activities. The community is coming together for the theme of “RiverFest – A Party with a Purpose.” This is an opportunity for everyone to come together to learn more about our natural landscape. Here at the library we’re excited to host events about wildlife and preservation in the St. Croix River Valley. We will have three events over the course of the week.

The library has several events scheduled in conjunction with the St. Croix Riverfest July 16th – 21st. The core purpose of RiverFest is to bring people down to the river not only to enjoy its beauty but to educate our community about its preservation and host a river clean-up.

Come for a kick-off presentation, “The State of the St. Croix River,” Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8:00pm. We will be hearing from two speakers:

-Storm Water Management in the City of Hudson, presented by Michael Mroz, Director of Public Works & Parks.                         

-How Clean is Our St. Croix River Today?, presented by Jim Almendinger, PhD, Director of the St. Croix Watershed Research Station.

On Wednesday, July 17th from 10:30-11:30am  join the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks and learn about two types of Wisconsin reptiles. This is a whole family event. Register online or at the front desk.

Friday, July 19, 1:00-2:00pm, the Carpenter Nature Center will be teaching us about raptors. A whole family event.

To round out RiverFest week, we are hosting “Echo the Mermaid” on Saturday, July 20th from 10:30-11:30am. Learn about microplastic pollution and how you can help. There will be a Q&A session with prizes, followed by a meet & greet and photos with Echo. Everyone welcome.