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Category: education

Summer Camp Scholarships Available with support from Walmart, Tim & Nancy Butler

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has been providing engaging summer camp experiences to area youth for over 15 years. For many of those years, the organization has sought support to provide scholarships to youth in need of assistance. Thanks to support from Walmart and Tim & Nancy Butler, the River Museum will be offering a limited number of scholarships for its 2022 summer camps. Scholarships are available for those utilizing one of four qualifying programs: SNAP... Read More
at Thursday, May 5, 2022

Jared McGovern Earns Statewide Award for Excellence in Environmental Education

Jared McGovern, Curator of Conservation Programs at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, recently received the Bohumil Shimek Environmental Educator Award for outstanding efforts by an environmental educator. This honor is given by the Iowa Association of Naturalists (IAN) and the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition (ICEC). The award recognizes a formal or non-formal educator for innovative environmental education programming beyond their job expectations. The IAN/ICEC... Read More
at Monday, February 21, 2022

RiverWorks Discovery, a nationwide outreach program of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, receives funding for a new traveling exhibit

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, located in Dubuque, IA, and its national outreach program RiverWorks Discovery received a combined $200,000 from three foundations to support a new RiverWorks Discovery national traveling exhibit. The Walton Family Foundation awarded the project $100,000, with American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation and the Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation awarding the project $50,000 each. Grants will support the design and development of this... Read More
at Monday, April 26, 2021

River Museum to host Spring Break Day Camps

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will host spring break day camps during the week of March 16 in conjunction with the Dubuque Community School District’s spring break. Kindergarten through fifth grade students are invited to engage in different themed experiences each day. Crafts, animal encounters, and experiences throughout the River Museum are incorporated in each camp. Half day and full day sessions are available with wrap-around care provided at no additional... Read More
at Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit Comes the River Museum

Sid the Science Kid visits the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium with Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! Beginning Dec. 7, 2019, kids can join Sid the Science Kid on an amazing, scientific adventure when Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! opens at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. This exciting, new traveling exhibit brings the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid to life. For the first time ever, kids will be able... Read More

Unexpected opportunity to care for orphaned animal

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium received an unexpected opportunity this July to become the new home of a 15-month-old orphaned North American River Otter. “Our keepers are all very excited about the new addition to the animals in our care,” said Abby Urban, Curator of Living Collections. “River otters remain rare in rehab settings, so this is a unique opportunity to bring another otter into our facility that would not do well in the wild.” The... Read More
at Monday, August 5, 2019

River Museum receives funding from area foundations

Dubuque County Historical Society and its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium are pleased to announce that it received several grant awards from area foundations in support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, equity, and accessibility initiatives. The River Museum is committed to making broad-spectrum improvements to create a contemporary environment that is inherently dynamic, accessible, equitable, inclusive, and relevant to all visitors. ... Read More
at Monday, June 10, 2019

River Museum announces arrival of baby shark

After weeks of anticipation, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is excited to announce the hatching of a Coral Catshark in our Conservation Lab on Mar. 15. It is the first shark born at the Museum & Aquarium and is the newest member of our animal ambassador team. At a time when shark populations worldwide are threatened due to human activity, this shark pup will help spread a message of hope,” said Andy Allison, Director of Living Collections at the River Museum.... Read More
at Friday, March 15, 2019