Do you love to explore? Solve mysteries? Hike outside? Join Mississippi National River & Recreation Area Park Rangers and Wilderness Inquiry Outdoor Leaders on this free virtual adventure along the river to become Mississippi River Explorers! Each day of our Virtual Summer Camp will explore different topics and new places along the Mississippi. With National Park Service developed curriculum and facilitation, you’ll leave camp with a deeper understanding of the Mighty Mississippi in the Twin Cities. Although this is a Zoom-based experience, you’ll have a chance to be active, solve mysteries of the river and surrounding areas, and challenge yourself to make connections to the Mississippi River from your home.
The camp is best suited for youth in grades 5-8 and will meet once a week for four weeks with minimal adult supervision needed. Youth will be provided a free Exploration Kit with activity materials needed throughout camp. To participate, youth will need an internet connection, a device that connects to internet, and a Zoom account.
The camp will meet once a week for four weeks, each day focusing on a different topic—ecology, history, geology, and culture of the Mississippi River.
REGISTRATION CLOSES TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2020
Dates & Fees
What to Expect
MATERIALS NEEDED: Youth need internet service, a device that connects to the internet, and a Zoom account in order to participate. If you don’t have access to the internet or Zoom, please reach out to email@example.com, or call (612) 676-9400.
WHAT IS PROVIDED: Free Exploration Kits will be provided to all participants. These kits include materials you will need to participate in the activities throughout camp. Kits can be picked-up at the Wilderness Inquiry office in Minneapolis, or mailed directly to you.
TIME: Camp will run from 10:00am – 12:00pm each day.
REGISTRATION: When you register for an event you will automatically be added to each day of camp.
GROUP SIZE: Campers will be in both large group and small group settings. Large group size can be up to 100 youth.
RECOMMENDED GRADE LEVEL: Youth in grades 5-8 are best suited for the activities of camp.
DAILY SCHEDULE: Camp will be 2 hours each day. We’ll 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 »
Frequently Asked Questions:
What organizations are involved?
The Mississippi River Explorers Summer Camp is a virtual camp that is facilitated by Wilderness Inquiry, Mississippi National River Recreation Area, and Mississippi Park Connection. This opportunity is made possible by support from the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and Nature Valley.
Do I need to register for all four events?
No, when you register for Week 1, you will automatically be added to each day of camp. Registration closes Tuesday, July 7.
What are parent/guardian expectations?
Campers in grades 5-8 should be able to participate and complete activities independently. All activities during camp will be facilitated by a National Park Ranger or Wilderness Inquiry Outdoor Leader. Additional activities will be provided for campers to do outside of camp hours may need adult supervision and assistance.
What is Zoom? How do I make an account?
Zoom is an online video platform that creates a virtual space for multiple users to gather with video and audio capabilities. Use this Quick Start User Guide to create an account and learn more https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360034967471-Quick-start-guide-for-new-users
What time is camp?
Camp runs from 10:00AM to 12:00PM each day.