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Outreach Programs

Outreach Programs

Bring the Museum & Aquarium to your school or organization! We have several outreach programs to suit your educational focus and age group. We are also happy to adjust many of our programs to meet your needs.

Mississippi River Life (Grades K-5)

Mussels, snakes and beavers; each species has a niche or role in the environment. Through the use of pelts and other hands-on items, participants will explore animals that call the Mississippi River home! 

  • This program will include one or two live animals.

Possible Next Generation Science Standards met through this program:

  • 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
  • 5-LS1-1. Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.

Rockin' Reptiles & Awesome Amphibians (Grades K-6)

Become a herpetologist and explore the world of reptiles and amphibians! Learn about some of their amazing adaptations and the important roles they place in nature. A few live animals will stop by to help us learn!

  • This program will include multiple live animals.

Possible Next Generation Science Standards met through this program:

  • K-LS1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
  • 3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

Invertebrates - The Life of a Bug (Grades K-3)

Invertebrates, or animals without a backbone, are the most common type of animal on the planet. Learn about some of their amazing adaptations while meeting a few live animals up close and personal!

  • This program will include one or two live animals.

Possible Next Generation Science Standards met through this program:

  • K.MD.A.2. Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/”less of” the attribute, and describe the difference.
  • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
  • 3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

Amazing Transformations (Grades K-3)

Follow the life of insects and amphibians and see how they transform from eggs to adults. Live animal representatives will help us learn about the amazing changes some critters go through during their life.

  • This program will include one or two live animals.

Possible Next Generation Science Standards met through this program:

  • 1-LS3-1. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
  • 3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles, but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

Furs-n-Lead: The Life of a Voyageur Along the Mississippi (Grades 4-8)

A voyageur’s life was one of travel and trade as they encountered 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.

Possible Iowa Social Studies Standards met through this program:

  • SS.4.18 Describe how environmental and cultural characteristics influence population distribution in specific places or regions.
  • SS.6.20 Analyze connections among historical events and develoments in various geographic and cultural contexts.

Libraries Rock! An Animal Chorus

Croak, buzz, chirp and sing -Nature has many sounds if you listen closely. Explore different ways animals communicate with each other. Transform into an animal chorus and meet live animals up close!

This program fits the 2018 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) national summer reading theme.

Pioneer Living (Grades 1-4)

Pioneers were the first people to settle an area. Explore what daily life was like for children in the 1800’s through hands-on chores and games. Roll-up your sleeves and help us churn butter or grind corn. We will wrap up by playing etiquette games!

Possible Iowa Social Studies Standards met through this program:

  • SS1.21 Compare life in the past to life today within different communities and cultural groups.
  • SS.4.25 Analyze the impact of technological changes in Iowa, across time and place.

Pollution Solutions (Grades 6-8)

Do you know how your actions affect the overall health of the Mississippi River? Students will use a watershed model (enviroscape) to investigate how pollutants move in a landscape. Taking that information, students will work in small groups to turn everyday objects into a tool for improving the water quality of their lake model.

Possible Next Generation Science Standards met through this program:

  • MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

 

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 Missy Wersinger at 563.557.9545 x 213 or mwersinger@rivermuseum.com.

 

 

 

 

 

RiverWorks Discovery is a national outreach program of the National Mississppi River Museum & Aquarium. The program offers a variety of outreach opportunities. 

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