Mississippi River Explorers is a four-part virtual course exploring sites along the Mississippi River in Minnesota. During each 90-minute session, learners will solve a mystery about a given site while exploring material connected to science and social studies academic standards alongside Mississippi National River & Recreation Area Park Rangers and Wilderness Inquiry Outdoor Leaders.
Each session takes place from 9:00 – 10:30 AM CST.
Course will be led by Wilderness Inquiry Outdoor Leaders, as well as experts in the field from the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and MN DNR.
This course is best suited for students at a grade 5–8 learning level.
This course is a four-part series exploring sites along the Mississippi River in Minnesota. During each 90-minute session, learners will solve a mystery about a given site while exploring material connected to science and social studies academic standards.
A device with a working internet connection will be necessary for students to join the video conference. Students will receive a kit including:
- Science experiments
- Art supplies
- Pencil pouch
- Snacks (may include granola bars that contain traces of tree nuts and meat jerky)
- Activity booklet
ItineraryExpand All Fields
Day 1: Crosby Farm Regional Park
What do plants and animals do when the river floods? Participants will learn about floodplain forest ecosystems, tree anatomy and identification, animal adaptations, and more!
Day 2: Coldwater Spring
How do prairies affect river water quality? Participants will learn about the history of Minnesota prairies, pollinators, the significance of Mni Owe Sni (Coldwater Spring), and more!
Day 3: Saint Anthony Falls
How has the waterfall influenced all Minnesotans? Participants will learn about Minnesota geology and erosion, the significance of the waterfall to Native peoples, Twin Cities history, including development, logging, milling, and more!
Day 4: The Bdote
What makes Bdote an important place? Participants will learn about glaciation, Dakota history, the North American Fur Trade history, and more!
Dates & Fees
We currently have no dates scheduled for this itinerary. If you have a group of people interested, we can set up a customized experience just for you! Please contact us or request a trip quote below if you are interested in learning more.Request Trip Quote »
What to Expect
MATERIALS NEEDED: Internet service and a device that connects to the internet are needed in order to participate. Headphones are recommended if participants will be in a location with background noise.
WHAT IS PROVIDED: Exploration Kits will be provided to all participants and will include materials needed to participate in activities. Kits are mailed directly to you.
REGISTRATION: When you register with the link above, you are signing up for the 4-day course. After we receive your initial registration, you will be sent an additional form to complete your participation.
COST: Thanks to financial support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, Mississippi River Explorers is free for all Minnesota youth.
GROUP SIZE: Mississippi River Explorers can support up to 90 zoom logins at one time.
ACADEMIC STANDARDS: Mississippi River Explorers curriculum is aligned with science and social studies academic standards for grades 5-8. Click here to view aligned science standards. Click here to view aligned social studies standards.
DAILY SCHEDULE: Each day will begin with a large group introduction, team-building game, and check-in. The majority of our time will be spent in smaller virtual “rooms” investigating the Mississippi River with interactive activities led by National Park Rangers and Wilderness Inquiry Outdoor Leaders. We will finish our day with a large group discussion and farewell.Read more »