Visit with National Park Rangers at the Mississippi River Visitor Center and learn how you can explore, learn about, and protect our wonderful Mississippi River. NOTE: This visitor center is closing for remodeling and the installation of new exhibits starting June 6 and re-opening August 25, 2016.
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.