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15 Stories for 15 Years! Story #6...

We’re featuring 15 stories for our 15th anniversary! 2021 is the Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center's 15th year at Freedom Park. To celebrate, we will share 15 stories that highlight important moments in our history, remarkable people we've met along the way, lessons learned, milestones reached, and how Friends of Freedom Park and the surrounding communities have supported each other over the years.

Story #6: Have you seen - or sat on! - our beautiful Butterfly Bench? It’s one of ten benches of the St. Croix River valley’s Art Bench Trail. Ours is the end result of many partnerships coming together to bring this colorful project to life at Freedom Park in 2008.

Artist John Turula worked with Freedom Park volunteers, Prescott’s Helping Hands 4-H club, the Prescott High School Ecology Club, and Prescott’s 4th and 5th graders to create a vision and build together. Master gardeners and local experts helped the surrounding butterfly garden bloom, and taught the kids about native flora and fauna. The whole effort was coordinated by The Phipps Center for the Arts and the St. Croix Valley Foundation, and funded by individual donors, above mentioned organizations, and the Wisconsin State Arts Board.

Ten years after the creation of our Butterfly Bench, Friends of Freedom Park is still imagining and building with these same partners - and many more! From our bluff prairie restoration project to The Coulee River Trails Project and The Great Rivers Confluence Project, we value our partnerships for how they help us advance our mission, grow with other groups and individuals, and support community, cultural, and environmental efforts. Donate today to help us continue to connect people to life at the confluence!

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