“Hike, Bike & Learn” is the theme for the second annual St Croix Falls Spring Awakenings Celebration – a three day “be outdoors and enjoy” event May 15-17, 2015.
Highlighting the event is the midwest’s #1 Mountain Bike Race – “The Woolly Mammoth” hosted by the Woolly Bike Club and the Minnesota Mountain Bike Association. “We saw over 400 racers in 2014,” says Woolly co-coordinator Matt Fisk. “And you can expect to see more than that this year racing the amazing trails of our city – there are races and fun for all ages in multiple races. visit woollybikeclub.com to register or learn more.”
Spring Awakenings is in partnership with The City of St Croix Falls, The Woolly Mountain Bike Club, The St Croix Falls Public Library, Animal Educator and Gardener Randy Korb, Music On The Overlook Coordinator Woody McBride, both Interstate Parks and many talented community members.
“Hikes, Bikes & Animals – They’re Awesome!,” says event coordinator Woody McBride. “Spring Awakenings truly captures the natural spirit of St Croix Falls – officially “The City of Trails”. There are three days of wonderful activities for everyone – a great way to kick the spring and summer off right.”
Two early morning bird hikes start the Saturday Programs – Adults go to Wisconsin’s Interstate Park Silverbrook Trail at 7 am – and kids/families Bird Hike meets at Jerusalem Pond at 8 am. Friday’s activity is a nighttime frog hike with Randy Korb – bring a flashlight – also start at Jerusalem Pond at 8 pm.
A wide variety of animal education programs will be held Saturday at the SCF Public Library to include Frogs, butterflies, Bees, Invertebrates and more. The SCF Library will also host Traditional American Indian Dancers. The Feet to Fish inauguration will also take place – a unique street art stencil project to highlight the St Fish Hatchery in town – meet at The Overlook at 9 am. There is a great wildflower hike starting at Lion’s Park at noon Saturday with a community garden tour at 3:30 pm.
The annual Mayors Hike and Picnic will also take place. Meet for a shuttle ride to hike start by 9:30 at Lions Park. “I believe this event is becoming a defining weekend for our community and will be for years to come,” says SCF Mayor Brian Blesi. “Eight miles of one of America’s National Scenic Trails, the Ice Age Trail, are in St.Croix Falls. On Saturday morning May 16, a guided walk will cover some of the best miles. Please join local trail guide Paul Kuhlman and I for a great walk and a picnic.”
For more info visit www.stcroixfallsevents.com on cityofstcroixfalls.com and facebook.
Schedule of Events
St Croix Falls Spring Awakenings Celebration & Woolly Bike Race
“City of Trails Showcase”
FRIDAY MAY 15
8 p.m. Calling All Frogs. Join a Frog Hike
with Randy Korb: meet at Jerusalem Pond
on Blandingwoods Road (bring flashlight)
SATURDAY MAY 16
7 a.m. WI Interstate Park Guided Bird
Hike/Walk with Brian Collins meet at
Silverbrook Trail (Park pass is required)
8 a.m. Kid’s & Family Bird Hike/Walk
with Ocean & Amanda McBride at
Jerusalem Pond/Blandingwoods Road
Bring Binoculars if you have them.
9 a.m. Hike Feet To Fish with Brad Foss
Meet at Library and paint piscatorial
fish on the street to the Fish Hatchery
9:15 a.m. Saving Monarch Butterflies
w/ Randy Korb (Milkweed plants avail
for home butterfly gardens) SCF Library
9:30 a.m. Mayors’s Spring Hike & Picnic
Join Mayor Brian Blesi on a guided
walk covering some of the best miles
of our over 8 miles of city trails.
IAT Indianhead volunteer Paul Kuhlman
will lead through Ray Zillmer Park,
down and up Mindy Creek Gorge
and over the Bluffs then taking the Trail
of Myths to end up at Lions Park.
The hike will conclude with a picnic
at Lions Park for all the hikers.
Trail map: cityofstcroixfalls.com
Participants should assemble at Lions
Park starting at 9:30 AM to ride a
shuttle to the starting point. Join us!
10 a.m. Aquatic Invasives Workshop
with Angelique Edgerton (Learn about
the plants & animals that cause
environmental harm) at SCF Library
11 a.m. Saving Bees & Pollinators with
Margot Monson (learn the importance
of pollinating insects) at SCF Library
12 p.m. Wild Flower Hike/Walk with
Dr. Kelley Hagenbuch (Learn about
the beauty of native flowering plants)
meet at Lion’s Park Indianhead Trail
2 p.m. The Trails American Indian
Dancers at the SCF Public Library.
(Watch the colorful traditional dress)
3:30 p.m. Community Garden Tour
Learn about the garden and how to
join. Meet a member gardener at
the Garden in Rose Marie Park, east
of the Polk County Fairgrounds.
6:30 Taylors Falls Interstate State
Park. Hike the park and learn about
the Spring Birds & Blooms (Bring a
picnic or snack – park pass required)
SUNDAY MAY 17
9th Annual Woolly
Mountain Bike Race
One of the premier races in Midwest
America, spectators can watch over 400 racers ride on the Woolly trails.
Citizen, Sport, Expert/Pro, Marathon
& Kids Races plus public hospitality
Starts at the SCF High School Grounds.
Registration opens at 8 am. Part of the
Minnesota Mountain Bike Series. The
challenging course was hand built by
hand by WoollyBikeClub.com.