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Outdoor Adventures offer small group activity during pandemic

On the heels of the organization announcing Behind the Scenes Aquarium Tours, the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is taking its mission to the great outdoors through Outdoor Adventures. Now available through reservation or gift certificate, River Museum education and conservation staff are providing guided outdoor experiences with seasoned and knowledgeable guides.

Two different guided experiences are being offered at Horseshoe Bluff and E.B. Lyons recreational areas. River Museum guides will provide narration and conversation around the geological, archeological, natural, and cultural significance of each area.

“The Mines of Spain is enjoyed by thousands of recreational visitors annually. Whether it’s a family hike, a jog, or a leisurely walk, the area sees a lot of use,” said Jared McGovern, Curator of Conservation Programs. “These Outdoor Adventures offer the public a new, intriguing way to experience a familiar place. The tours are built on the expertise of our tour guides who, like myself, are fascinated by the unique history that created this area both physically and culturally. You’ll definitely walk away with a greater appreciation for the area.”

Key highlights of the Horseshoe Bluff guided hike include journeying through the 2-million-year-old limestone cliffs while searching for fossils and minerals, learning about the local flora and fauna, and exploring the lead mining and Native American histories of the area.

Key highlights of the E.B. Lyons guided hike include exploring the history of Pine Chapel and Lead Mines trails, which include the 1850s Pine Chapel structure, its wine and root cellar, and other features of the site. The experience will take guests through America’s State Tree Woodland Walk, created and planted by State Park Directors from all 50 states.

Hikes are an hour and a half in length and available for a flat rate of $120 for up to 8 individuals. Members receive a $20 discount. For more information on Outdoor Adventure details, descriptions, and reservations are available at rivermuseum.com/outdoor-adventures. 

For more information on River Museum Adventure Hikes, including full descriptions, visit rivermuseum.com/outdoor-adventures. Each tour is approximately one and a half hours in length, and tour prices are $100 for up to eight hikers.

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