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The residents of Northwest Passage Riverside were given an awesome opportunity to volunteer their time to the St. Croix National Scenic River way. Through the “Citizen Science” project, the Algae Alert Network, select residents of NWP Riverside traveled to Norway Point Landing, located on the St. Croix River, from July and September,  to study the presence of  Algal blooms on the river way.

The St. Croix National Scenic River Way states that “Algal blooms are a rapid increase or accumulation of algae in an aquatic system.” Because of the many dangers that these blooms can present, the work of the volunteers is vital to understanding the presence of algae on our waterways to ensure a healthy river way for the many living creatures and different species of wildlife, including humans, that depend on and enjoy the river way.

The students aided in making environmental observations, recording water temperature, recording pictures of the sampling site, and gathering a water sample to return for inspection.  Through the various trips, the students learned of the dangers of these algal blooms, and the importance of the job they were doing for the river way. The effort the students gave, and the pride they showed in their volunteering, truly was an inspiring and special experience. The students were rewarded with badges from the St. Croix National Scenic River way for their selfless efforts to better the environment.

Benjamin Johnson, Northwest Passage Riverside Teacher


Northwest Passage is an accredited educational facility. We have talented teachers who strive to educate the residents in many different ways. Our teachers get our kids out of their chairs and into the world to engage with their natural environment. It allows them to learn through play and experimentation. It exposes them to new opportunities and helps develop an interest in the environment.

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