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Field Trip: Working (Mississippi) River in downtown Minneapolis

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ORGANIZATION: Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, National Park Service

Journey to the Falls riverboat
Ranger points out site while on riverboat education trip..

Working River is all about the industrial history of the Minneapolis waterfront! Join us at the Upper Saint Anthony Lock and Dam this spring for some in-person youth education volunteering opportunities. These opportunities are typically 4.5 hours, and start times vary depending on the school’s schedules. Activities will be completed on the lock wall, which is akin to being on the roof of a two story building with plenty of railings. Volunteers should dress for the weather (there’s minimal shelter on the wall!) and bring their own lunch.

There are 3 different stations volunteers can sign-up to support:

Binocular Walk Assistant

Assist students in using binoculars during a guided walk across the lock wall. Help keep the binoculars clean, dry and operational. This activity will give students an opportunity to capture the view from the top of the lock wall. Students will be able to observe the falls, remnants of the historic milling district, modern Minneapolis and any wildlife that may be present.

Flour Milling Assistant

Assist students as they operate hand mills to grind small samples of wheat into flour. This activity is designed to help students understand how flour is produced from wheat and learn about unique milling methods used in different times and places.

Water Power Table Assistant

Assist students as they operate a "Water Power" table top activity. This table top activity is designed to help students understand how power was harnessed from Saint Anthony Falls for operation of saw mills and flour mills. This is a water-free station, there is not actual water being used at the water power table.

7 Shifts

  • Wed May 18, 2022 - 09:30 AM to 02:00 PM
  • Fri May 20, 2022 - 09:30 AM to 02:00 PM
  • Mon May 23, 2022 - 09:30 AM to 02:00 PM
  • Tue May 24, 2022 - 09:30 AM to 02:00 PM
  • Wed May 25, 2022 - 09:30 AM to 02:00 PM
  • Thu May 26, 2022 - 09:30 AM to 02:00 PM
  • Fri May 27, 2022 - 09:30 AM to 02:00 PM
  • NONE OF THESE DAYS WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
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About Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, National Park Service

Location:

111 E. Kellogg Blvd. Suite 105, St. Paul, MN 55101, US

Mission Statement

The Volunteers-In-Parks program, jointly managed by Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and Mississippi Park Connection, connects, educates, and promotes the enjoyment of the resources of the Mississippi River through unique and entertaining volunteer opportunities to the entire community.

Description

The Volunteers-In-Parks program is a joint program with Mississippi Park Connection. Mississippi National River and Recreation Area represents America's greatest river, the Mississippi, which weaves together the natural and cultural heritage and economic vitality of the region. The National Park Service works with partners to foster increased citizen awareness, advocacy, and enjoyment of the resources of the Mississippi River.

Volunteer-In-Parks provides people with opportunities to discover, experience, and enjoy the diversity of the Mississippi River while also preserving it for future generations through volunteer restoration projects and education programs.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Environment
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Environment

WHEN

Mon May 02, 2022 - Fri May 27, 2022
09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
This opportunity has 7 shifts

WHERE

Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam1 Portland AveMinneapolis, MN 55401

(44.98111,-93.25823)
 

SKILLS

  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Environmental Education
  • STEM

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • 4.5 hrs

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