Bring the Museum & Aquarium to your school or organization! We have several outreach programs to suit your educational focus and age group.

What does a river otter eat? How to frogs and toads swallow their food? What does an eagle sound like? The answers to these questions and more will be uncovered as we explore the animals living in and along the Mighty Mississippi River by touch, sight, and sound. Be prepared to get up close and personal with one or two live specimens!

  • This program will have one or two live animals
  • There is a 60 student maximum per session
  • Pricing available for auditorium style program
Do you know the difference between a reptile and an amphibian? After this program you will! Be a herpetologist and hands-on explore the world of herps (collective name for reptiles and amphibians)! Learn about some of the different species living here at the aquarium and even have a few visitors stop by to help us learn more about them. You won’t want to miss it!

  • This program is available Monday, Wednesday, or Friday only
  • For animal safety, program and travel time cannot exceed 4 hours
  • There is a 60 student maximum per session
  • Pricing available for auditorium style program
From the muddy depths to the shallow streams, from the wooded shores to the high bluffs, the Mississippi River holds many treasures. Join us in exploring the world of fur traders and lead miners, lumberjacks and ice men, steamboat captains and clammers. Learn how humans have usedthe river through seasons of prosperity and seasons of change. All these treasures await you and more!

  • There is a 60 student maximum per session
  • An auditorium style program is not available
What has fur (or hair), bears live young, and has the ability to produce milk? If you guessed a mammal, then you’re right! But wait, there’s more! Mammals come in all shapes, colors, and sizes and are very interesting creatures. This program will teach you the ins and outs of the Mississippi river mammal identification and some interesting facts for you to share on these fascinating animals.

  • There is a 60 student maximum per session
  • An auditorium style program is available
A voyageur’s life was one of travel and trade, as they encountered both the 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, including our city’s namesake, Julien Dubuque.

  • There is a 60 student maximum per session
  • An auditorium style program is available

Outreach programs are typically one hour in length. Price breaks are available for multiple sessions of the same program. For pricing details, availability, and reservations, please contact 563.557.9545 x 213 or email mwersinger@rivermuseum.com.