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The mission of Friends of Freedom Park is to support the mission and operations of the Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center, through membership, fundraising and volunteers. The mission of the Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center is to offer high quality education programs which create an appreciation of the confluence area of the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers.
The Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center is one of 69 Interpretive Centers on the Great River Road, which runs for more than 2300 miles through 10 states. The GRRVLC is the gateway to Wisconsin's Great River Road, recently voted America's "Prettiest Drive" by the Huffington Post.
More than 16,000 visitors from around the world and the country come to the GRRVLC annually. We also offer free public programs, school based programs, art exhibits and visitor education about the special area where the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers meet. Public programs are based on the Mississippi River Parkway commission themes, including culture, history, natural resources, scenic beauty, architecture and recreation. Educational gardens surround the Center located in Freedom Park. The GRRVLC is located on a 400 foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi, and often the blue waters of the St. Croix can be seen mixing into the brown waters of the Mississippi below the bluff.
The GRRVLC is a National Park Service Partner site, an Audubon Birding site on the Great River Road Birding Trail, and a Watchable Wildife site. Each summer, two unique National Park Service Junior Ranger Programs are offered to children ages 8-12. Changing art exhibits feature local artists and craftsmen. Bus tours, families, and individuals are among our visitors. Visitors have come from 50 states and 52 countries, since the Center opened in May 2006. Interactive exhibits, walking trails, educational gardens in a park setting with century old oaks are among the favorites of visitors.
- Margaret Smith
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