• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

    Mississippi

    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

For Kids

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The Junior Ranger Program of the Mississippi River
When you join the Junior Ranger program you pledge to explore, learn about, and protect the Mississippi River. National Park Rangers lead many programs designed just for Junior Rangers and provide unique opportunities help Junior Rangers fulfill their pledge.
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River Rat Quiz

River Rat Quiz
Do you know how long it takes a raindrop to travel from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico or the depth of the Mississippi River at its deepest point? Learn about the Mississippi River by visiting our river facts page and then test your river knowledge by taking the River Rat Quiz.
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You Are the Lockmaster!
A kayak is approaching and you must direct the vessel through the lock and dam. Can you open and close the entry gate, activate the filling valve and help the kayaker safely pass through?
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Let's Move Outside

Let's Move Outside
Find ways to get outdoors and active at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Our park offers numerous special and ongoing programs and events focused on getting children and families outdoors and enjoying a healthy and active lifestyle.
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Artwork submitted to the Big River Art Contest by K Yang

Big River Art Contest
The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area holds the Big River Art Contest each fall. You or your class can particpate; read the contest rules to find out how. View the online galleries to see previous winners.
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Did You Know?

A flooded street in 1952

In 1952, the Mississippi River flooded hundreds of acres of farmland and multiple cities. Over 2,000 families were homeless because of the high water. More...