We believe youth should have fun outdoors. In addition to the non-guided opportunities for recreation found in our park, there are these great opportunities for kids and youth.
Become a Junior Ranger
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.
Every Kid OutdoorsLearn how fourth graders can get a free admission pass for themselves and their families to the national parks (and other Federal lands) through the Every Kid in a Park program for a full year starting September 1, 2019 and running through the end of August, 2020.
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!
Big River Art Contest
The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area holds the Big River Art Contest each fall. You or your class can participate; read the contest rules to find out how. View the online galleries to see previous winners.
Last updated: September 29, 2021