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Student Oceans Conference

Student Oceans Conference

September 26-27, 2019
Thursday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m. - Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 at 2 p.m.
Cost: $65/participant

The Student Oceans Conference is an intensive 2-day watershed workshop held at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, throughout Dubuque County, and on the Mississippi River. This workshop is designed to inspire watershed stewardship ethics in high school students.

The Mississippi River watershed encompasses parts of two Canadian provinces and 31 states. Our actions in the Midwest have direct effects on the rivers, wildlife, people, and oceans downstream. Join us and have fun learning how you and your students can be part of the solution to our water quality problems.

For questions on the program and itinerary, contact Jared McGovern, Curator of Conservation Programs, at 563-557-9545 x215 or We cannot wait to see you in September!


Participation Waiver - Required

Meals, Accommodations, & Transportation

All meals and overnight accommodations are covered through programmatic cost. Students and teachers will spend the night in the aquarium. Showers will not be available. Cots, sleeping mats, and air mattresses are encouraged.

Transportation to different sites on Thursday will be the responsibility of the schools. We will convoy to work sites this day. Boats and safety vests will be provided by the Iowa DNR, Dubuque County Conservation Board, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Transportation Funds

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is honored to offer transportation funds to schools, excluding colleges, thanks to the generous support of the John Deere Foundation. Grant dollars may be used for the Student Oceans Conference.


Day 1 - Thursday, Sept. 26


  • After getting to know each other, we will embark on an exploration of urban and rural best management practices aimed at improving water quality by decreasing runoff and erosion. 
  • We will explore tributaries of the Mississippi River and test soil in differently managed landscapes.
  • Students will also work with soil health and watershed professionals in the field learning how they too can follow this meaningful career path.
  • Upon returning to the River Museum, students will be treated to behind-the-scenes tours, explore the River Museum exhibits, and experience conservation efforts at the River Museum and at other zoos and aquariums around the country working to save animals from extinction.
  • Students will also be asked during this time to use their workbooks in planning their own stewardship project they hope to complete once returning to their home communities.

Day 1 - Friday, Sept. 27


  • We are on the water! Friday morning we'll explore the MIssissippi River wildlife, which are impacted directly by the waters rushing off the land and entering our streams, rivers, and lakes.
  • The final task students will be asked to perform is a report on their proposed stewardship project and what steps they plan to take when returning to their homes that will make their vision a reality.