Mississippi River Adventure Day a fun learning experience

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Noah Troester, 8, of Prairie du Chien, goes through the process of water fowl identification Monday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Logan Check, 5, of Prairie du Chien, and volunteer Kathy Ripp net aquatic insects near Lawler Park for Mississippi River Adventure Day Aug. 6.

Lainey Hanson, 5, of Monona, Iowa, does her unique running cast in order to gain power and distance.

Sam Hanson of Clayton County Conservation teaches everyone about mussels Monday morning.

Jerry Cummings of the Prairie Rod and Gun Club shows Hannah Naumann, 7, of Prairie du Chien, how to tie an improved clinch knot.


Mississippi River Adventure Day was a free educational program for students ages 5 to 15 from schools throughout Southwest Wisconsin and Northeast Iowa. The day of exploration provided children who live on both sides of Pool 10 with a fun, hands-on education about the ecosystem of the Mighty Mississippi River.

The event was held at and near Lawler Park in Prairie du Chien. 

Many students and their adult chaperones had a great time exploring the rich environment, resources and history of the river.

The day’s activities included: macroinvertebrates identification, a Native American atlatl and dart demonstration,  a geocaching activity, a fishing lure, knot tying and casting demonstration, War of 1812 and fur trading education, fish shocking and identification, water fowl identification, Upper Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge education and bat education.

The event was hosted by the Rotary Club of Prairie du  Chien.

Mississippi River Adventure Day collaborative partners included Cabela’s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Clayton County Conservation, the Villa Louis Historic Site, the Prairie Rod and Gun Club, Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation and Hardee’s of Prairie du Chien.

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