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 online 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 join National Park Service Ranger Abby Olson overlooking the Mississippi River right in the heart of Minneapolis. Learn about the unique relationship between river and rock, and the story of the “traveling” St Anthony Falls. Afterward, we’ll 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 the health of the Mississippi River has changed over the past 100 years and how we use river water in our daily lives. You’ll use this week’s activity kit materials to conduct your own water quality experiments.
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 join Kristy Ornelas from Mississippi Park Connection to hear about the history of the river as it relates to voices of the past. From the fur trade to the importance of the Bdote (confluence of two rivers), the untold stories of women in history have played a crucial role in the profile of the Mississippi River.
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: 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 »