For Kids


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.

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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 Outdoors

Learn 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.
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.


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?

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.

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 participate; read the contest rules to find out how. View the online galleries to see previous winners.

Outline of a fish.

Mississippi River Fish Coloring Book

Kids can learn more about some of the fish that live in the Mississippi River by using this coloring book. Simply download and print the pages onto letter-sized paper.

Last updated: January 9, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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


(651) 293-0200
This is the general phone line at the Mississippi River Visitor Center. Please leave a voicemail if we miss your call and expect a return call within 1 day, often sooner.

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