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The Best Way to Learn about the River? Go to the River!

May 27, 2014Patrick NunnallyFormer Featured PostsComments Off on The Best Way to Learn about the River? Go to the River!

I ran across a short news article today about a program series that our friends at River Action are doing: Riverine Walks.  These walks, scheduled throughout the summer, offer an impressive array of subjects: architectural history, herpetology, “state of the river” assessments, as well as old standards like ghost stories.  A complementary series will be offered on the Channel Cat water taxi.

We’ve tried to do these informal learning events, and know that they’re not as easy as they sound.  Getting a good mix of subjects is a challenge, and of course there’s not a time that works for everyone.  River Action appears to have a great approach, though.

This got us to wondering about other comparable series.  Up here in the Twin Cities, the Mississippi River Fund has a number of things on tap, some of which combine stewardship with the learning program.  What else is happening, farther downriver?

A possible subject for the Mississippi River Network to explore?

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