University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

River Life, a broadly inclusive program of the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota, uses social media, a digital atlas, and case studies to define the discussions and practices that will create inclusive, sustainable rivers. 

About River Life


The University of Minnesota is a world-class comprehensive teaching and research university located in a National Park—the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area—overlooking one of the great rivers of the world. Yet the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities is a landscape that is both widely loved and highly stressed. Learn More

Our Work 

Our Work

River Life is a broadly inclusive program, open to students from any major, faculty from a host of disciplines, and community partners who are focused on river sustainability and inclusive planning. We initiate and support research projects, engage student learning both in the classroom and in co-curricular settings, as well as develop programs that reach campus and community partners. Learn More

River Talk Blog


As the voice of the program, the River Talk blog opens up a discussion about current river problems and opportunities by presenting new insights and raising questions that challenge old ways of thinking. To learn more, visit our blog.

River Life on Twitter

Contact Us!
Send us a note at to make suggestions for other places we should look, media to track, and stories to tell!
River Life in Video
Come Along for a Water Walk with Kare11 and River Life, and see Gifts at Work: The Mississippi River by the University of Minnesota Foundation
Hold the Date! Mississippi River Symposium April 8-10
Come join us at our symposium “The Once and Future River: Imagining the Mississippi in an Era of Climate Change” taking place in Northrop in early April.

For up-to-date program information on the symposium, please visit