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Iowa man planning second paddling trip of a lifetime 42 years after his first, raising funds and awareness for conservation initiatives

Hank Kohler set out in 1979 with his brother Keith Kohler and friends Rich Wiebke and Dennis Weidemann on a 1300-mile paddling trip from central Minnesota to Hudson Bay. The lifechanging trip was later detailed in Weidemann’s book “ This Water Goes North ”. Now, 42 years after his first big adventure, Kohler plans to set out from central Minnesota and head south to the Gulf of Mexico. On June 3, 2021, at 8:30 a.m., Kohler will set off from East Leaf Lake in... Read More
Posted by Wendy Scardino at Friday, May 28, 2021

Rivers to the Sea Gallery at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium prepares for new permanent additions

The Rivers to the Sea Gallery at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium premiered in 2010 with the opening of the organization’s Diamond Jo National River Center. Updated in 2016 to include a stingray touch tank experience and aquariums representing delta habitats, the space has recently received a large boost toward a third phased update to the permanent exhibit space. The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has awarded the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium... Read More
at Thursday, April 22, 2021

New teen conservation program receives REAP CEP support

The Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP) has awarded more than $43,000 in funding to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a Teens Take CAARE (Conservation Action through Advocacy, Research and Engagement) program. The student-driven, student-led conservation program will engage teens in exploration, stewardship, and scientific inquiry as part of the River Museum’s overarching... Read More
Posted by Wendy Scardino at Tuesday, April 20, 2021

New Charlie & Vicki Glab Family Greenhouse reinforces commitment to conservation

A new greenhouse on the campus of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is reinforcing the organization’s commitment to conservation and its strong partnerships with other local, regional, and national conservation organizations. Made possible through the generous support of the Charlie & Vicki Glab family, B & B Erectors, and the Dubuque County Conservation Board, the greenhouse will play a major role in the River Museum’s work with pollinator conservation.... Read More
at Monday, April 19, 2021

Party for the Planet scheduled for April 24

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s annual Party for the Planet celebration is back in 2021, providing rich resources and activities to engage guests in protecting and improving our wildlife and waters. From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, the River Museum will host several outdoor activities and booths showcasing the efforts of our conservation partners, as well as indoor engagement opportunities showcasing our conservation work with wildlife and clean... Read More
at Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Efforts Reveal New Life and Hope for Florida Corals

Nearly 1,600 river miles separate Eastern Iowa from the sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico, yet that same distance also connects the Gulf to Florida corals’ hope for survival.   A disease devasting corals in the Florida Reef Tract was first observed off the shores of southeast Florida in 2014. Since then, the disease has quickly spread to coral colonies in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Belize, and even Jamaica. The severity of the disease, known as stony coral tissue loss,... Read More
at Monday, March 1, 2021

Earth Day Party for the Planet Celebration

April 2020 marks the 50 th anniversary of Earth Day, mankind’s largest environmental movement to positively impact the planet. In honor of this major milestone, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is working with conservation partners to educate, energize, and mobilize citizens through community-based conservation engagement activities each Saturday during April. A full schedule of activities for the month is as follows: April 4 - Earth Day Action at the Mathias Ham... Read More
at Monday, March 2, 2020

River Museum joins Aquarium Conservation Partnership

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has joined the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP), a first-of-its-kind collaboration of aquariums formed to increase collective impact on ocean and freshwater conservation. The River Museum becomes the 23 rd nationally recognized partner to join the ACP, which includes select Association of Zoos and Aquarium partners such as the Shedd Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Florida Aquarium, Seattle Aquarium, and Omaha’s Henry Doorly... Read More
at Monday, February 17, 2020

River Museum Helps Barrens Topminnow Fight for Survival

The Barrens Topminnow is facing a “one, two punch” in its fight for survival, as the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium joins its corner to go the distance in a hopeful comeback.  The rise of invasive species to the Mississippi River Watershed and habitat destruction due to land use are among the threats that led to the Barrens Topminnow’s introduction to the List of Threatened and Endangered Species in October of this year. Found exclusively in a couple... Read More
Posted by Felicia Carner at Tuesday, December 17, 2019

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s outreach program set to take flight

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has been awarded $16,977 in grant funding from the REAP CEP. The Resource Enhancement & Protection (REAP) – Conservation Education Program (CEP) funding will support the River Museum’s Live Animal Outreach Expansion project. This project will focus on acquiring, training, and introducing two raptors to the River Museum’s animal ambassador program in an effort to expand live animal outreach programming that will convey... Read More
at Monday, December 9, 2019
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