nationally significant natural, historical, and cultural resources


endless opportunities for outdoor recreation in every season


intriguing and inspiring histories, traditions, and cultures

North Woods and Waters of the St. Croix Heritage Area is a nationally acclaimed region rich in history and diverse cultural traditions, with endless connections to the natural world. North Woods and Waters of the St. Croix Heritage Area (NWW) promotes the outstanding natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources of the St. Croix River watershed and the nationally significant stories of its people.

Featured Programs

Heritage Highlight

Join North Woods and Waters in celebrating a wide variety of themes and locations during Heritage Highlight events! Each event is an opportunity to explore the Heritage Area and what makes it nationally unique.

St. Croix Select

The St. Croix River Valley watershed is rich with human history, natural history, and culture. St. Croix Select features a carefully curated list of books that highlight and celebrate these themes.

Artist-in-Residence Program

We’re excited to announce the launch of its first Artist-in-Residence program! This year, St. Croix Valley-based writer and poet Laurie Allmann will hold writing mentorships, poetry readings, storytelling events, and more.

Earth Day’s Roots Began in the Watershed

Senator Gaylord A. Nelson, born and raised in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, is internationally known as the “Father of Earth Day.”

Earth Day 2021
Earth Day 2021

Join Us!

Learn more about North Woods and Waters of the St. Croix Heritage Area and how you can contribute to this nationally significant region!