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Operating as usual

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters
11/22/2020

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters

There is a new Bobber Thanksgiving poster and coloring sheet available to download on the Bobber the Water Safety Dog website, www.Bobber.info. Also available on the website is a Bobber Thanksgiving puzzle. These products will only be available on the website for a limited time.

Cold water drains body heat up to 25 times faster than cold air. When cold water makes contact with your skin, cold shoc...
11/20/2020

Cold water drains body heat up to 25 times faster than cold air. When cold water makes contact with your skin, cold shock causes an immediate loss of breathing control. This dramatically increases the risk of sudden drowning even if the water is calm and you know how to swim. Make sure you are prepared by always wearing a life jacket and practicing cold water safety precautions!

Suddenly entering cold water can cause you to gasp and inhale water. Dress in layers to help insulate your body from cold water temperatures. Wet clothes will not weigh you down in the water and can actually help you float, especially if you’re wearing a life jacket.

Following Illinois state guidelines in response to the rising cases of COVID-19, the National Great Rivers Museum will b...
11/20/2020

Following Illinois state guidelines in response to the rising cases of COVID-19, the National Great Rivers Museum will be closed beginning tomorrow, November 21, 2020 until further notice.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers remains proactive with regards to the safety and health of all visitors and will provide additional information regarding this closure and any other modifications or restrictions of our Project Areas as it becomes available. Stay safe!

https://www.riverbender.com/articles/details/national-great-rivers-museum-temporarily-closed-45940.cfm

11/17/2020
Follow Along on Instagram!

Guess what.. We are now insta-famous! 📸💁‍♀️

Not really, but we do have a new Instagram page you can follow. Head to @rivers_usace (https://www.instagram.com/rivers_usace/) for photos highlighting the Rivers Project including the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary and the National Great Rivers Museum!

#NGRM

Did you hear the good news?! 📣For a limited time, 4th AND 5th grade students can now receive an Every Kid Outdoors recre...
11/17/2020

Did you hear the good news?! 📣

For a limited time, 4th AND 5th grade students can now receive an Every Kid Outdoors recreation pass!

Students can earn their pass by visiting https://everykidoutdoors.gov/pass.htm and completing an activity. Passes can then be picked up here at the National Great Rivers Museum.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it will temporarily expand the Every Kid Outdoors recreation pass to include 5th grade students for the 2020-2021 academic year. This change will ensure that 5th grade students who may not have been able to make full use of the Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass during the 2019-2020 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have a chance to do so during the current academic year through Aug. 31, 2021.

11/12/2020
St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

On November 6, 2020, the National Great Rivers Museum, Rivers Project and St. Louis District lost a valued member of their Volunteer team, Mr. Richard (Dick) Oliver. Dick worked at Nabisco, Singer and Associates, and Southern Illinois Sales. He started volunteering at the National Great Rivers Museum when he retired in 2006. He served as a talented tour guide and gifted the visitors with harmonica songs, his wonderful sense of humor and outgoing personality. Ol’ Man River was one of his favorites to play, but amazingly he could play any song requested. He was a United States Navy veteran and is survived by his wife, two children, one grandchild, and two great grandchildren. Rest In Peace, Mr. Oliver, and thank you for serving as a Volunteer with us.

On November 6, 2020, the National Great Rivers Museum, Rivers Project and St. Louis District lost a valued member of their Volunteer team, Mr. Richard (Dick) Oliver. Dick worked at Nabisco, Singer and Associates, and Southern Illinois Sales. He started volunteering at the National Great Rivers Museum when he retired in 2006. He served as a talented tour guide and gifted the visitors with harmonica songs, his wonderful sense of humor and outgoing personality. Ol’ Man River was one of his favorites to play, but amazingly he could play any song requested. He was a United States Navy veteran and is survived by his wife, two children, one grandchild, and two great grandchildren. Rest In Peace, Mr. Oliver, and thank you for serving as a Volunteer with us.
#USACE
#Volunteer #Nationalgreatriversmuseum #restinpeace

Do you know how to distinguish a Bald Eagle from a Golden Eagle? We commonly see many juvenile Bald Eagles frequent the ...
11/07/2020

Do you know how to distinguish a Bald Eagle from a Golden Eagle?

We commonly see many juvenile Bald Eagles frequent the area especially as winter approaches, and the river freezes farther north. Not-so-commonly, we might see a Golden Eagle like photographed below. It may be a good time to read up on your eagle ID! 🦅

#Doughommert photographed this Golden Eagle in late October flying over Columbia Bottom CA towards Riverlands.

With "eagle season" approaching, now is a good time to brush up on your eagle id skills. Telling the difference between a Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle can be tricky. Learn more >>>
https://www.audubon.org/news/is-golden-eagle-actually-bald-eagle

National Great Rivers Museum's cover photo
11/06/2020

National Great Rivers Museum's cover photo

National Great Rivers Museum
11/06/2020

National Great Rivers Museum

Make sure you have your ducks in a row by wearing your life jacket!
11/06/2020

Make sure you have your ducks in a row by wearing your life jacket!

More hunters die from drowning each year than from gunshot wounds, but surprisingly they don’t consider themselves boaters. Wearing a life jacket and engine cutoff device is critical for those who use boats in pursuit of any activity on the water, so #PleaseWearIt.

Did you know the USDA reports that the majority of the 1.4 BILLION pounds of pumpkins produced each year ends up in land...
11/06/2020

Did you know the USDA reports that the majority of the 1.4 BILLION pounds of pumpkins produced each year ends up in landfills? But just because Halloween is over doesn't mean your pumpkin can't have an afterlife.

Here are 5 fun ways you can #reuse your pumpkins after Halloween:

1. Composting is free and easy! If you don't have a compost system yourself there are plenty of folks that might want your pumpkins like farmers or gardeners. Cows like pumpkin, too. 🐮

2) Fill up your hollow pumpkin with soil and you have a new seed tray. Once your seeds are starting to sprout you can place your new biodegradable pot into your garden! 🌱

3) Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner! The seeds can be roasted, the guts can be boiled for stock and the flesh can be used for anything from pasta to pie.🥧

4) Pumpkin is high in vitamin C and A making it great for your hair and skin. Blend up some pumpkin and coconut oil for a luxurious hair mask. 💁‍♀️

5) Trick-or-treat with local wildlife! Leave your pumpkins out in the yard and watch as birds, deer, and other local friends come to snack on it. You can even make a pumpkin bird feeder. 🐦

https://www.audubon.org/news/pumpkin-bird-feeder-makes-happy-harvest-birds

What's inside all of those barges anyway?? 1 barge = 1,500 tons1 tow of barges = 22,500 tons22,500 tons = a whole lot of...
11/03/2020

What's inside all of those barges anyway??

1 barge = 1,500 tons
1 tow of barges = 22,500 tons
22,500 tons = a whole lot of 🌽

Our rivers are the nation's most efficient way to bring goods to market.

Graphic courtesy of the Missouri History Museum's Mighty Mississippi Exhibit @ Missouri History Museum

🔮The Weaver of Orbs🔮It's believed that orbs often carry messages from the spirit world. Green orbs specifically are beli...
10/31/2020

🔮The Weaver of Orbs🔮

It's believed that orbs often carry messages from the spirit world. Green orbs specifically are believed to be spirits tied to nature. If you have ever been haunted by a green orb, you should probably just go take a hike or something.

Wishing you a safe and happy #Halloween!

#USACEeducatesHere is some knOWLedge for ya..Everyone thinks owls can turn their heads 360 degrees, but did you know it’...
10/30/2020
13 Fun Facts About Owls

#USACEeducates

Here is some knOWLedge for ya..

Everyone thinks owls can turn their heads 360 degrees, but did you know it’s only technically a 270 degrees rotation? A blood-pooling system collects blood to power their brains and eyes when neck movement cuts off circulation. Check out more cool facts about owls from the National Audubon Society

Unravel a bit of the mystery shrouding these amazing birds of prey.

10/30/2020
What Makes Owls So Quiet and So Deadly? | Deep Look

#USACEeducates

Let’s celebrate “Owl-o-ween”! 🦉

Owls are intriguing birds that easily capture attention and curiosity. These birds are stealthy night hunters. Let’s take a look at what makes them so special.

It's stealth, not speed that makes owls such exceptional hunters. Zoom way in on their phenomenal feathers to see what makes them whisper-quiet. SUBSCRIBE to...

ATTENTION ALL NATIONAL GREAT RIVERS MUSEUM FRIENDS!  Do you see something new in this photo?  Hint:  Look in the tree li...
10/25/2020

ATTENTION ALL NATIONAL GREAT RIVERS MUSEUM FRIENDS! Do you see something new in this photo? Hint: Look in the tree line and complete this sentence: Wow, I think I see a new eagles ______.

10/24/2020
Please Wear It

Preparation is very important! Check out this 25-second video PSA from the first-place winner of the Please Wear It Life Jacket Video Contest!

Congratulations to Alexander Goldstein, from Scarsdale, NY! He’s the 25-second video PSA, first-place winner of the Life Jacket Video Contest. Watch for upcoming details on our 2021 video contest. Thanks to everyone who entered and remember #LifeJacketsWornNobodyMourns.

When autumn becomes our second spring, every leaf is a flower at the National Great Rivers Museum.   The National Great ...
10/24/2020

When autumn becomes our second spring, every leaf is a flower at the National Great Rivers Museum. The National Great Rivers Museum, located along the Mississippi River in Alton Il., is open daily from 9-5 and tours of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam are given daily at 10, 1 and 3 p.m. Come visit us.

Check this out!  The National Operations Center for Water Safety has created some new Bobber the Water Safety Dog poster...
10/22/2020
OFFICIAL HOME OF BOBBER THE WATER SAFETY DOG

Check this out! The National Operations Center for Water Safety has created some new Bobber the Water Safety Dog posters and coloring sheets. These products were designed similar to the artwork used on the Bobber character trading cards. You can download these posters and coloring sheets on the Bobber the Water Safety Dog website www.Bobber.info for a limited time.
Everyone is encouraged to visit the Bobber website to download the posters and coloring sheets and many other great products that can be used to promote water safety to kids. #WaterSafety #Bobber #USACE

Produced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Operations Center for Water Safety. All Rights Reserved. Bobber and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of the Corps of Engineers.

#USACEeducates What's your style?There are many styles of life jackets available. Find the one that will work best for y...
10/21/2020

#USACEeducates What's your style?
There are many styles of life jackets available. Find the one that will work best for your particular water-based recreational activity and @PleaseWearIt. #LifeJacketsWornNobodyMourns

10/20/2020
Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail

Known to early settlers as "the Kaskaskia Trace," the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail is a 60 mile long auto route connecting visitors with many opportunities to discover the region's diverse heritage. Check out their page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/kaskaskiacahokiatrail/

Known to early settlers as "the Kaskaskia Trace," the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail is once again becoming a travel destination.

Please remember to follow these guidelines while visiting the National Great Rivers Museum and Rivers Project events.
10/20/2020

Please remember to follow these guidelines while visiting the National Great Rivers Museum and Rivers Project events.

Did you know that there are endangered spiders?  There are actually several species of spiders that have been listed as ...
10/18/2020

Did you know that there are endangered spiders? There are actually several species of spiders that have been listed as Endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Spruce-fir moss spider, which only lives on the highest mountain peaks in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and southwest Virginia, is an example. This tiny spider, measuring only 0.15 inches, lives on moss mats found on boulders beneath fir and spruce trees. You can help the species by treading lightly and staying on designated trails when hiking in areas inhabited by the species. This helps to ensure we don’t trample the vegetation they need to survive!

10/18/2020
How This Unique Spider Builds Its Web Across Rivers - video dailymotion

Watch as this amazing spider builds its web across rivers and streams.
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x31u40k

A recent study describes the way in which the Darwin’s bark species of spider builds its orb-shaped webs over streams and rivers using its unique silk which had previously been established as the world’s strongest thus far. Madagascar is known for its diverse animal population, but one creature ...

Why did the spider go on the internet?  To make a webpage!For its weight, spider web silk is actually stronger and tough...
10/17/2020

Why did the spider go on the internet? To make a webpage!
For its weight, spider web silk is actually stronger and tougher than steel. A spider’s silk starts as a liquid, made of long protein chains, stored in internal silk glands. Tiny spigots connect the glands to spinnerets on the outside of the spider’s abdomen to produce the silky fiber, known as gossamer. Most spiders have six spinnerets and four to six glands for producing silk.
Did you know that people are web engineers too? A web engineer is a person who constructs applications, like Twitter, Facebook, and Quickbooks as just a few examples, from the ground up that allow users a high level of interaction.
Today, let’s see if you can make your own web! There are many things that can be used such as popsicle sticks and dental floss, or pipe cleaners and yarn. Find what you have lying around and see what you can build! How sturdy is it?

#USACEeducates

Post a picture of your finished web!

Please be advised that the U.S. National Weather Service has issued a fire danger warning for the Greater St. Louis Regi...
10/17/2020

Please be advised that the U.S. National Weather Service has issued a fire danger warning for the Greater St. Louis Region due to the increase in winds and the dry conditions we have experienced over the past few weeks.

Are you ready?  Halloween is just around the corner!  A part of almost every Halloween scene is a spider, and to many pe...
10/16/2020

Are you ready? Halloween is just around the corner! A part of almost every Halloween scene is a spider, and to many people spiders are really, creepy things. Here are some cool facts about spiders that may make them seem a little less scary and a lot more interesting!
#USACEeducates

Have Fun and Play it Safe this weekend!
10/16/2020

Have Fun and Play it Safe this weekend!

10/15/2020

Recreation Update: Riverland Migratory Bird Sanctuary Refuge Season Begins October 15-April 15, 2020. During refuge season visitor access to portions of the Sanctuary and some trails are restricted. Before visiting the Sanctuary please check trail access and refuge closures to minimize negative impacts on the migrating and resting birds within the Sanctuary complex.
The Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary (RMBS), a wildlife refuge, adjacent to the Melvin Price Locks and Dam near West Alton, MO, is one of the best Mississippi floodplain locations for observing species from all main groups of water-related migratory birds (waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, marsh birds, gulls, terns, birds of prey, etc.). The Sanctuary is designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society.

Inflatable life jackets are really comfortable to wear. But remember, they do require some regular maintenance to ensure...
10/14/2020

Inflatable life jackets are really comfortable to wear. But remember, they do require some regular maintenance to ensure they work properly. Below are some helpful tips...
INITIALLY
Is your vest new? Check it out and test it...
- Unfold and inflate it using the oral inflation tube. Leave it inflated overnight to ensure it does not have any leaks.
- If it is still holding air the next day, deflate it, refold it and use it with confidence.
- If your new vest won't hold air, return it to the retailer for replacement.
ROUTINELY
Inspect your vest when you put it on.
- Does the exterior have abrasions, loose threads, or other signs of wear?
- Is the service indicator status for your CO2 cylinder green? If not, it will only be able to inflate manually.
SEASONALLY
Perform a detailed inspection of your vest in accordance with the care and maintenance section of your device's Owners Manual. At the beginning of the boating season, you should inflate your PFD and inspect the CO2 cylinder, the bobbin and any other of the various pins or parts that make it work. Consider performing this inspection every two to three months if you wear your vest regularly, or if your boating location is hot and humid, since the inflation mechanism may be subject to corrosion.

Just because summer is over does not mean you have to spend less time outdoors. Fall hosts the best weather for outdoor ...
10/13/2020

Just because summer is over does not mean you have to spend less time outdoors. Fall hosts the best weather for outdoor recreational activities such as visiting the National Great Rivers Museum, hiking and fishing. So get outdoors, have fun and play it safe!

Christopher Columbus traveled to America with his crew aboard the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.  The Nina and Pinta were ...
10/12/2020
History of the caravel

Christopher Columbus traveled to America with his crew aboard the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. The Nina and Pinta were referred to as Caravel ships. Learn why these were the best sailing ships of their time....https://nautarch.tamu.edu/shiplab/01George/caravela/htmls/Caravel%20History.htm

Espejo de navegantesPapelesMemorial Apuntamiento Itinerario de navegaciónDiscución de prototipos de galleon Instrucción nautical Arte para fabricar, fortificar y aparejar naos

There are many ways to give back by Volunteering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The National Great Rivers Museu...
10/11/2020
St. Louis District > Missions > Recreation > Rivers Project Office > Volunteer

There are many ways to give back by Volunteering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The National Great Rivers Museum offers volunteer opportunities that include:
~ Staffing the Reception Desk
~ Meeting and Greeting Visitors
~ Giving Locks and Dam Tours
~ Conducting Educational Programs
~ Staffing the Gift Shop
~ Trail Maintenance
~ Recreational Site Cleanups
~ Invasive Plant Removal
~ Gardening

For a volunteer application and requirements, please visit: https://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Rivers-Project-Office/Volunteer/

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2 Lock And Dam Way
East Alton, IL
62024

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Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(618) 462-6979

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The National Great Rivers Museum tells the story of the Mississippi River, includes opportunities to tour the Melvin Price Locks and Dam at 10, 1, and 3 pm (Wednesday - Saturday) and allows one to try their luck at steering a towboat on the pilot simulator exhibit.

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I saw the resident eagle (NEast) across Rte 143 from the Melvin Price Lock and Dam (SW). Alton, IL. A great sight to see!
RIVER people need to get together, especially during the winter. What better opportunity than at the Mississippi River Water Trail Association's January 25th event where you and your friends can meet other paddlers and learn from some great river experts? Event will be located at the National Great River Museum in Alton IL and starts at 1:00. Our lineup of 3 speakers this year is REALLY good: Janet Moreland - LONG distance paddler Scot Mansker - Co-founder and organizer of a 340 mile paddling race across the state of Missouri, the MR340 David Lobbig - Missouri History Museum Curator of Environmental Life - There is a Mississippi River exhibit right now at the Museum you don't want to miss. Tickets are only $10. You get social time with light refreshments between presenters. Finish the night at Bluff City Grill for dinner on your own dime. Best ever! Only 100 tickets available though, so sign up right away to reserve your seat here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4452721
Great place to go to understand how the river and tows work. Also great place for watching wildlife
Our Girl Scout Troop 755 has a wonderful time today learning and exploring about bridges!!! Thanks for the great tour and working with our girls. All the way home they talked about building their bridges!!!!
One more from the event. Taken from Riverlands Way.
Photo I took of the event from Riverlands Way yesterday.
Some photos I took yesterday from Riverlands Way of the event.
How much does it cost