RiverWorks Discovery®: a Journey of Imagination and Exploration of America's Waterways is a hands-on, educational exhibit designed to teach the importance of commerce, culture and conservation on America's inland waterways. It accomplishes this mission by weaving the rich, complex, multidisciplinary story through the use of immersive environments, hands-on interactive exhibits, educational panels, engaging films and engaging artifacts.
The 2,000 square foot (flexible) traveling exhibit brings America's inland waterways to life in a meaningful and tangible way to hundreds of thousands of museum visitors across the country. The exhibit provides hands-on, interactive experience where families have fun while learning about the commerce, culture and conservation of America's waterways. Key concepts include:
- Rivers are water highways that transport goods that we use in our everyday lives.
- Maintaining navigable rivers for the purpose of commerce and trade is vital to the health and well being of our nation's economy.
- America's waterways are the envy of the world for the commerce they carry.
- Who works the rivers and what tools do they use?
- Rivers and river trade have shaped history for thousands of years.
- Rivers have provided a deep and rich cultural heritage that has inspired music, literature, and art.
- Rivers were the watery roads into the wilderness, carrying explorers from the fringe of the continent to the very heart of the interior.
- When it comes to rivers, we all make a difference. No matter where you live, your choices have an effect on rivers through your watershed protection.
- Nearly 75% of the Earth is covered with water, but only 1% of it is fresh water available for use. Rivers provide most of the water used in the world.
- What is a healthy river? Healthy rivers have wetlands along its banks, a variety of plants and animals, and little pollution.