IntroductionThere are six Visitor Centers with booklets or worksheets to help you explore the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Each one focuses on a different aspect of life on the Mississippi River, but earns the same Junior Ranger badge.
Mississippi River Visitor Center (National Park Service)
St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center (National Park Service)
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
Pick up your workbook at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (East) and walk across the historic dam while discovering how they work and how they change the flow of water in the river. Visit different habitats along the river to find signs of animals, or maybe the animals themselves!
Become a river detective and discover the history of the mills that stood along this stretch of the Mississippi River. Tour the old Washburn A Mill and go on a scavenger hunt. Visit Mill Ruins Park and see how people harnessed the immense power of St. Anthony Falls to grind wheat into flour and to mill logs into lumber. Best of all learn about the fascinating lives of the people who lived and worked here. A worksheet is available at the Mill City Museum.
Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center
Explore where two great rivers and National Parks meet! The confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers at Prescott, home of the Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center, is a great place to watch waterfowl during the winter, spot bald eagles all year long, and discover the value of freshwater mussels living in the river to people past and present.
North Mississippi Regional Park
Pick up your worksheet at the Kroening Interpretive Center and start exploring this special riverside park. What do you see across the river? Why is it vital to the health of so many people?