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 4–6 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
Sample ItineraryExpand All Fields
Day 1: Ecology at 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: Ecology at 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: History at 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: History at 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
2024 Mississippi River Explorers Dates
Ecology at the River
History at the River
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.Read more »