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Updated: Oct 30, 2019

Think of a nonprofit you believe in and support. When did you first learn about them? You were probably with another person, having a casual discussion. Maybe sipping coffee.

It is often those informal encounters that lead to volunteering, financial support, new nonprofit initiatives – all the tools and actions of community-minded problem solvers. This region’s quality of life is positively impacted by people who become informed, get involved and address issues head-on.

This is a key reason why St. Croix Valley Foundation hosts the Conversations of the Valley lunchtime speaker series (with support from First State Bank & Trust). The series is a forum where people can listen – over lunch and coffee – to a discussion about an issue (often an emerging issue) affecting this region.

The Conversations of the Valley speaker series for 2019-20 is entitled “Protecting the Places We Love” and aligns with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22, 2020). Earth Day was started by the late Gaylord Nelson, who grew up in Polk County Wisconsin and had lifelong ties to the St. Croix Valley. Gaylord Nelson was a Wisconsin Governor, a U.S. Senator and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work on environmental issues.

Conversations of the Valley/"Protecting the Places We Love"

“The State of the Climate” (and effects on our region) – presented by Dr. Mark Seeley

Nov 13, 2019

“Current State of the Environmental Movement” -- presented by The Nature Conservancy

Jan 15, 2020

“The Forever Green Agriculture Initiative” – presented by Dr. Don Wyse

Mar 18, 2020

“Delivering Reliable, Affordable, Clean Energy for the St. Croix Valley“ – presented by Xcel Energy

May 13, 2020

Come join us!


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