Join Wilderness Inquiry and other outdoor experts on a virtual adventure exploring destinations near and far. During each session, you will gain a deeper understanding of outdoor spaces by learning about unique ecosystems, natural and cultural history and how we can venture out to enjoy these spaces ourselves.
Our first destination is in our own backyard: the Mighty Mississippi River. Over four weekly sessions, you will be immersed in the geology, natural history and river connections of the past.
This program is designed for an adult audience. Each participant will receive an exploration kit that includes hands-on activity materials relevant to each week’s program topic.
Cost: $25 per person (This fee includes access to all 4 sessions and activity kit designed for an adult audience.)
Have a group? Please contact Anne (email@example.com or 612-676-9423) to discuss group pricing.
Week 1: River of Rock
October 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
This week you will go on a virtual tour of Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam with a National Park Service Ranger. Learn why the lock and dam was built and how the falls influenced the industry of the area. We’ll spend time discussing the geology of the river and then jump into the activity kit for an at-home craft project.
Week 2: River of Water
October 14, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
It’s science time! Become a virtual hydrologist as we take you for a walk along the river to explore ways to test for river health, learn how we use river water in our daily lives and discover how we can determine water health in our own communities.
Week 3: River of Birds
October 21, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Join Sharon Stiteler, former NPS ranger and current “Bird Chick” as she shares her knowledge of the birds who call the Mississippi home. Find out who is flying in your backyard and see if you can attract more with a bird enticing craft.
Week 4: River of Voices
October 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
For the final session of the series, we’ll check out the history of the river as it relates to the fur trade, the importance of the Bdote (confluence of two rivers) and how women played a role in river history with Kristy Ornelas from Mississippi Park Connection.
Dates & Fees
What to Expect
MATERIALS NEEDED: Participants need internet service, a device that connects to the internet, and a Zoom account in order to participate.
WHAT IS PROVIDED: Activity Kits (included in the fee) will be mailed/delivered to all participants. Kits will include materials needed to participate in hands-on activities at the end of each session. Kits will be mailed to the mailing address participants submit upon registration.
RECOMMENDED PARTICIPATION LEVEL: This program is intended for adult participants, ages 18+.
SESSION SCHEDULE: Each day will begin with a large group welcome and intro followed by guest speaker presentations. Each presentation will be based on the theme of the week and will last about 30-45 minutes. Afterwards we will take a short, gentle, guided movement break before introducing the week’s hands-on activity kit. A WI staff member will get participants started, but some kit activities may require time outside of the session for completion.Read more »
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I make a Zoom 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 if I can’t attend one of the four sessions?
All four sessions will be recorded and available to you.
Are children allowed to register?
The Mississippi River Virtual Adventures are designed for adults 18 years and older. Visit our Mississippi River Youth Explorers, which is perfect for kids.
What accommodations are available for participants with disabilities?
Please reach out to Anne (firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-676-9423) to discuss accommodation needs.