"Teacher-Ranger-Teacher" Summer Professional Development
Teachers, hang your hat with park rangers this summer at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area! Spend 6-8 weeks (240 hours) in the park alongside national park rangers creating a place-based educational project and lesson plan. A limited number of professional development positions are available on the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities area. In the fall, bring your experiences back to the classroom to share with your students. Stipend included.
Big River Journey
The Big River Journey is a great way for students to learn more about the Mississippi River. The award-winning program offers an integration of river and classroom experiences that connect 4th-6th grade students with the science and heritage of the Mississippi River and promote stewardship. See video (6 mins).
Journey to the Falls
Journey to the Falls (JTF) is an integration of river and classroom experiences featuring historical and literacy activities. JTF connects students with the history and resources of St. Anthony Falls and the Mississippi River in the Minneapolis area. JTF culminates with a riverboat excursion on the Mississippi featuring hands-on learning stations, journaling, and visual literacy activities. See video (3 mins).
The Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures
The Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures (UWCA) is an outdoor canoe program focused on getting Twin Cities youth on the Mississippi River. Each UWCA trip provides students an opportunity to experience a different, special section of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. The UWCA is a partner program between Wilderness Inquiry, Mississippi River Fund, and the National Park Service.
Parks Climate Challenge
The Parks Climate Challenge (PCC) is a program designed to provide teachers with ways to educate their students about climate change, with a focus on national parks. Visit the PCC webpage for more information, or visit our climate change pages for park climate change info and resources.
Big River Art Contest
The annual Big River Art Contest (PDF 605K) engages students in the science, heritage and stewardship of the Mississippi River through the practice of art. Art is entered in any one of four categories, two of which require field trip attendance. Prizes are awarded to both the winning students and their teachers and winning artwork is displayed at the Mississippi River Visitor Center, other locations, and in galleries on our website!
School Group Programs at the Mississippi River Visitor Center
We offer a variety of formal educational programs at the Mississippi River Visitor Center focused towards school students. Check our listing of programs to see what might be of interest.