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Elementary (K-5) Offerings

Elementary Offerings

RiverWorks Discovery offers youth in grades K through 5 numerous opportunities for learning about all aspects of inland rivers. This includes engaging distance learning and outreach programs along with supporting materials such as Logbooks to educate youth on wildlife and watersheds found within the United States.

The target audience is students in summer camps, boy/girl scouts, homeschoolers, and elementary school students and can be easily adapted to meet state and district standards.

For more information on programming,
contact Melissa Wersinger:

563.557.9545 x213 |

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Programs supported by 

Distance Learning Programs

Distance learning programs are brought to you by RiverWorks Discovery, a national outreach program of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and are taught by experienced educators from the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Most programs are available through distance learning equipment; however, inquiries about outreach programs at your location are also welcome.

For more information on programming,
contact Melissa Wersinger:

563.557.9545 x213 |

RiverWorks Discovery: Commerce, Culture, Conservation & Careers (3-6)

RiverWorks Discovery® educates communities about the commerce, culture, conservation, and careers of the great rivers of America and their watersheds. During this presentation, students will learn about life on the river, using hands-on materials, to explore how communities have developed with navigation, trade, and travel.

Sky Hunters

Look to the sky as we learn about raptors and how their hunting skills have earned them the title of “birds of prey.” This up close experience threads in conservation messaging while meeting live raptors!

Tails & Tales (All Ages)

Why do some animals have tails and what do they do with them? Discover how animals use their tails and other adaptations by meeting a few live animals up close. We’ll also share some animal tales along the way!

Mississippi River Life (K-5)

Mussels, snakes and beavers; each species has a niche or role in the environment. Through the use of pelts and other hands-on items, participants will explore animals that call the Mississippi River home! This program will include one or two live animals.

Become a herpetologist and explore the world of reptiles and amphibians! Learn about some of their amazing adaptations and the important roles they play in nature. A few live animals will stop by to help us learn! This program will include multiple live animals.

Invertebrates - The Life of a Bug (K-3)

Invertebrates, or animals without a backbone, are the most common type of animal on the planet. Learn about some of their amazing adaptations while meeting a few live animals up close and personal! This program will include one or two live animals.

Furs-n-Lead: The Life of a Voyageur Along the Mississippi (4-8)

A voyageur’s life was one of travel and trade as they encountered Native American peoples and wildlife species along the Upper Mississippi River. Examine the role that furs and lead played in the lives of these historic individuals.

An Animal Chorus (K-3)

Croak, buzz, chirp and sing -Nature has many sounds if you listen closely. Explore different ways animals communicate with each other. Transform into an animal chorus and meet live animals up close!

Please contact our staff for more programming tailored to your needs.

Supporting Materials & Documents

RiverWorks Discovery offers hands-on river-based curriculum that is designed to familiarize children with all aspects of their watershed.

Enjoy free use of one of our Logbooks for your classroom or group.

Download general watershed logbook Download Mississippi river wheelhouse logbookDownload Mississippi river wildlife logbookDownload Ohio river wildlife logbook

Commit to keeping our waterways clean through the Clean Rivers pledge! 

Download clean rivers pledge AND ACTIVITY sheets