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Outreach Programs

Educational outreach programs are possibile with prior arrangements from the museum education department. Please contact the Museum Education Department at (563) 557-9545, ext. 213.

Outreach programs are available from November to March. All outreach programs are one hour in length.

Mississippi River Life (grades K-4)
What does a river otter eat? How do 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 1 or 2 live animals
  • The price for one session is $150.00 for a maximum of 60 students
  • The price for each additional session is $75.00
  • This program can not be done for an auditorium price

Rockin' Reptiles and Awesome Amphibians (Grades K-6)
Do you know the difference between a reptile and an amphibian? After this program you will! Be a herpetologist and explore hands-on the world of herps (the collective name for reptiles and amphibians)! Learn about 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 can be booked starting at 10:00 a.m.
  • This booking cannot last more than 4 hours (including travel time)
  • The price for one session is $200.00 for a maximum of 60 students
  • The price for each additional session is $100.00
  • This program can be done for an auditorium price of $300.00

Treasures of the Mississippi (Grades 4-6)
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, lead miners, lumberjacks, ice men, steamboat captains and clammers. Learn how humans have used the river through seasons of prosperity and seasons of change. All these treasures await you, and more!

  • This price for one session is $150.00 for a maximum of 60 students
  • The price for each additional session is $75.00
  • This program can not be done for an auditorium price

Mammals of the Upper Mississippi River (Grades K-8)
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 are extremely interesting creatures that come in all shapes, colors and sizes. This program will teach you the ins and outs of Mississippi river mammal identification and some interesting facts for you to share about these fascinating animals.

  • The price for one session is $100.00 for a maximum of 60 students
  • The price for each additional session is $75.00
  • This program can be done for an auditorium price of $250.00

Furs and Lead: The Life of a Voyageur along the Mississippi River (Grades 4-8)
A voyageur's life was one of travel and trade where they encountered the Native American peoples and various 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, Julie Dubuque.

  • The price for one session is $150.00 for a maximum of 60 students
  • The price for each additional session is $75.00
  • This program can be done for an auditorium price of $250.00