For Teachers

A park ranger points and students are looking through binoculars.
Ranger Brian leads a group of students during an activity on the Big River Journey field trip.

NPS/Kyle Just


The Mississippi River is an excellent theme for subjects such as science, history, cultures, geography, reading, writing, art, music, technology, and more. Our outdoor and online youth education programs provide a hands-on approach to learning and start students toward a lifelong relationship with the river.

Field Trips

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    Distance Learning Opportunites

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        Big River Art Contest

        (grades 3-6)

        The annual Big River Art Contest engages students, grades 3-6, in the science, heritage and stewardship of the Mississippi River through the practice of art. The contest will resume when field trips resume. In the meantime, we encourage students to create Big River Artwork on their own. During contest years, prizes are awarded to both the winning students and their teachers. Winning artwork is displayed at the Mississippi River Visitor Center, Mill City Museum, Fort Snelling State Park, and in galleries on our website!

        Last updated: March 31, 2023

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        Contact Info

        Mailing Address:

        111 E. Kellogg Blvd., Suite 105
        Saint Paul, MN 55101


        This is the general phone line at the Mississippi River Visitor Center.

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