National Great Rivers Museum

National Great Rivers Museum Each year millions of people travel to the Mississippi River to learn about its history and its impact on our nation. The National Great Rivers Museum at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, is dedicated to telling the story of the Mississippi River.
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Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
04/27/2019

Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

This week we had the pleasure of hosting 730 4th graders, their teachers, and chaperones for the Rivers Project annual Every Kid in a Park Field Days! Students got to try new experiences like macronetting, fishing, archery, and canoeing the Mississippi River! Participants also got to learn about how important our rivers are to wildlife and humans by attending wildlife shows, completing scavenger hunts, going on birding hikes, and dissecting owl pellets. Students even got to interact with US Army Corps of Engineers Lock and Dam Personnel, River Engineers, Park Rangers and Biologists to learn what we do and hopefully inspire the next generation of leaders in conservation and engineering! Additionally, participating students received free Every Kid In a Park park passes so they can share their knowledge and appreciation for our public lands with their families!

This program would not be possible without the assistance of the National Park Foundation's Open Outdoors for Kids/Focus City Transportation Grants that provide transportation funds for schools to travel to federal public lands to learn about environmental stewardship and recreation in our nation's parks. We would also like to thank our internal and external partners who made all of these opportunities possible: USACE Environmental Stewardship staff, St. Louis USACE Service Base, Locks and Dams 25 & 26, the Applied River Engineering Center, National Great Rivers Museum, St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
the National Park Service, The Audubon Center at Riverlands, Treehouse Wildlife Center, Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, Big Muddy Adventures, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and the Meeting of the Rivers Foundation and its volunteers.

On this day in 1973, combat support withdrew from Vietnam. In recognition of the second anniversary of the Vietnam War V...
03/29/2019

On this day in 1973, combat support withdrew from Vietnam. In recognition of the second anniversary of the Vietnam War Veteran's Day, we honor the commitment of all who served.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION 2019:  Hats off, gratitude and many thanks to our volunteers for making the programs and events a...
03/19/2019

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION 2019: Hats off, gratitude and many thanks to our volunteers for making the programs and events at the Rivers Project possible. This year, the Meeting of the Rivers Foundation thanked their volunteers with an outing to the National Museum of Transportation and Coltons Restaurant. If you would like to be a volunteer with the Meeting of the Rivers Foundaion at the Rivers Project, please contact us at: [email protected]. For more information www.mtrf.org.

National Great Rivers Museum
03/11/2019

National Great Rivers Museum

National Great Rivers Museum
03/11/2019

National Great Rivers Museum

Here is the February issue of River Ramblings, summarizing some of the projects in the Rivers Project (RP) area this pas...
03/09/2019

Here is the February issue of River Ramblings, summarizing some of the projects in the Rivers Project (RP) area this past month! This newsletter is dedicated to sharing the work, events, and accomplishments of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers RP and our partners with the public. We hope you enjoy this this issue and feel free to share with others who may be interested!

Every year, staff visit 4th and 5th grade classrooms in the St. Louis Area as part of our Bonkers for Birds program. We ...
02/24/2019

Every year, staff visit 4th and 5th grade classrooms in the St. Louis Area as part of our Bonkers for Birds program. We introduce concepts such as adaptation, species diversity, and conservation. Our goal is to inspire students to pay attention to the amazing birds they can find right in their own backyards and foster a sense of appreciation for their habitats. As a follow-up, each class is assigned a bird species to research, draw, and make conclusions about what we can all do to practice better environmental stewardship and help birds. Staff pick one winning submission from each classroom and make a birding field guide using the students' own art and research. Here's some photos of the 2019 Bonkers for Birds Awards Ceremony where we had the pleasure of honoring these students and giving them a copy of the field guide which includes their work.

This year, Bonkers for Birds reached 2,600 students! We would not have been able accomplish this without the help of fellow US Army Corps of Engineers Rangers at Carlyle Lake, the Audubon Center at Riverlands and volunteers from the Meeting of the Rivers Foundation.

Awards Ceremony

Happy Valentines Day! Follow the link below for some free Bobber the Water Safety Dog valentines. And as always, show so...
02/14/2019
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Happy Valentines Day! Follow the link below for some free Bobber the Water Safety Dog valentines. And as always, show someone you love them by making sure they are practicing good water safety habits!

http://www.bobber.info/

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.

02/14/2019

Good morning! The National Great Rivers Museum's main phone line is currently down. Please call 618-462-9152 to reach the museum. We apologize for any inconvenience!

It is simple to understand that what happens upriver will eventually impact conditions downriver. However, visualizing t...
02/09/2019

It is simple to understand that what happens upriver will eventually impact conditions downriver. However, visualizing the impacts of pollution or conservation at a watershed level can be somewhat difficult. How are our rivers connected? How can people living in Ohio, the Texas Panhandle, and those right here in St. Louis all be in the same watershed? Here's a beautiful map of the major rivers in the United States, color coded by watershed. Hopefully it can help you visualize how vast the Mississippi River Watershed is and how water connects us all.

This map was created by digital cartographer Robert Szucs. For more information or to see the maps he's created of other parts of the world follow the link below
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/river-maps-art/index.html

So what does the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rivers Project (RP) do? And how does the National Great Rivers Museum fit ...
02/08/2019

So what does the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rivers Project (RP) do? And how does the National Great Rivers Museum fit into the mission? If these are questions you have found yourself asking, we are excited to introduce the inaugural issue of River Ramblings! This monthly newsletter is dedicated to sharing the work, events, and accomplishments of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers RP and our partners with the public. We hope you enjoy this first issue and feel free to share with others who may be interested!

Bring your curiosity and love of nature to the Audubon Center at Riverlands on Feb. 9 and learn how to participate in th...
01/27/2019
The Audubon Center at Riverlands

Bring your curiosity and love of nature to the Audubon Center at Riverlands on Feb. 9 and learn how to participate in the citizen science initiative The Great Backyard Bird Count!

Don't forget to register for our Great Backyard Bird Count Training and Hike on February 9th from 10:00-11:30 am at the Audubon Center at Riverlands!

Communities of ALL AGES are able to contribute to scientific data collection used by researchers all over the world! Come to our training and learn how to log the birds you find in your very own backyard just a few days before this 22nd annual Great Backyard Bird Count Event (February 15-18th). Visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ for more information about GBBC.

TO REGISTER: call the Audubon Center at Riverlands at 636-899-0090 or email Emily Connor at [email protected]

A BIG thank you to all of the scouts and volunteers who came to Scout Eagle Day over the weekend! Participating Girl Sco...
01/23/2019

A BIG thank you to all of the scouts and volunteers who came to Scout Eagle Day over the weekend! Participating Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts learned about eagle adaptations, dissected owl pellets, and got to meet a real bald eagle from Treehouse Wildlife Center! We were even lucky enough to observe wild eagles in the nest located adjacent to the museum for most of the day!

Looking for an upside to all this snow? It's GREAT for eagle watching! At least a dozen eagles and a couple hundred swan...
01/13/2019

Looking for an upside to all this snow? It's GREAT for eagle watching! At least a dozen eagles and a couple hundred swans have been seen in the area today!

It may be cold out, but at least the Mississippi hasn't frozen over yet! We hope this photo makes this winter storm feel...
01/11/2019

It may be cold out, but at least the Mississippi hasn't frozen over yet! We hope this photo makes this winter storm feel a little more bearable.

Please note our regularly scheduled tours of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam may be limited or canceled due to unsafe weather conditions this weekend.

Our partners at the Audubon Center at Riverlands are hosting a fantabulous, all ages, eagle extravaganza as part of the ...
01/04/2019

Our partners at the Audubon Center at Riverlands are hosting a fantabulous, all ages, eagle extravaganza as part of the annual Eagle Ice Festival. Bring your friends and family for some seriously good eats and good times.

Registration is now open for Girl Scout Eagle Watching Day at the museum! Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to come lo...
01/03/2019
Girl Scout Eagle Watching Day (Daisies-Ambassadors)

Registration is now open for Girl Scout Eagle Watching Day at the museum! Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to come look for eagles, attend a meet and greet with a live bald eagle, and learn about eagle adaptations!

Register via the link below.
http://www.gsofsi.org/content/gsofsi/en/events-repository/2019/girl_scout_eagle_wat.html

Visit one of the best bald eagle watching spots in Alton on the Mississippi River and learn about nesting, habitat and the importance of habitat preservation for our national symbol. Hot cocoa and a snack are provided along with all materials. 

Reminder! The National Great Rivers Museum will be closed on January 1st. The museum will maintain normal hours of 9 AM ...
12/31/2018

Reminder! The National Great Rivers Museum will be closed on January 1st. The museum will maintain normal hours of 9 AM - 5 PM on all other days this week.

Happy New Year from our staff and volunteers!

Experience the wonder of our annual Masters of the Sky Program! The National Great Rivers Museum will be hosting six opp...
12/24/2018

Experience the wonder of our annual Masters of the Sky Program! The National Great Rivers Museum will be hosting six opportunities to meet the amazing birds that call TreeHouse Wildlife Rehabilitation Center home. These one-hour long spectacles feature owls, a vulture, a falcon, a hawk, and of course a bald eagle! These rehabilitated birds may no longer be able to soar, but they provide an unforgettable opportunity to educate us about their role in the Mississippi River basin ecosystems and what we can all do to help preserve those special habitats! Shows are at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00, February 16th and 17th.

Tickets will be available soon. Call the National Great Rivers Museum for more details. 618-462-6979.

Please note, the National Great Rivers Museum will be closed on December 25th and January 1st. Other than these two date...
12/22/2018

Please note, the National Great Rivers Museum will be closed on December 25th and January 1st. Other than these two dates, the museum will maintain normal hours (9 AM - 5 PM daily) through the holiday season.

Have family visiting for the holidays or a house full of kids on winter break? Bring them by the museum for a free tour of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam and plenty of family friendly activities! Public tour times are 10 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM.

Looking for a fun, family friendly activity this winter? Come check out Clarksville, Missouri's Eagle Days event on Janu...
12/17/2018

Looking for a fun, family friendly activity this winter? Come check out Clarksville, Missouri's Eagle Days event on January 26th and 27th. The event will feature naturalists from the Missouri Department of Conservation giving presentations. Rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be providing tours of Lock and Dam 24. There will also be exhibits, children’s activities, and live eagle shows to entertain and educate the public. Also, there will be plenty of good food and small town charm for everyone to enjoy!

Looking for something fun to do today? Stop out at The Audubon Center at Riverlands for Swans of Riverlands! Treehouse W...
12/15/2018

Looking for something fun to do today? Stop out at The Audubon Center at Riverlands for Swans of Riverlands! Treehouse Wildlife Center will be releasing a rehabilitated swan at 3:15 at Heron Pond!

We are excited to announce that our valued partner TreeHouse Wildlife Center will be releasing a rehabilitated Trumpeter Swan at Riverlands tomorrow at 3:15pm. Stop by the center to find out the location- we want to release the swan where other swans are located tomorrow. Rachael from TreeHouse will talk about the swan before the release. Come and see this beautiful swan returned to the wild and view the Trumpeters in the wild during our Swans of Riverlands event Saturday!

Do you have a live Christmas tree this year? Instead of putting it on the curb after the holiday season, consider donati...
12/14/2018
Christmas Tree recycling program for Lake Shelbyville

Do you have a live Christmas tree this year? Instead of putting it on the curb after the holiday season, consider donating it for fish habitat! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are teaming up to sink donated Christmas trees in Lake Shelbyville. Click the link below for more details including drop-off locations.

http://www.wandtv.com/story/39629257/christmas-tree-recycling-program-for-lake-shelbyville

SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - When the holidays are over, you do not have to just put your tree on the curb.

Check out what US Army Corps of Engineers staff are up to across the river in the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary!
12/13/2018

Check out what US Army Corps of Engineers staff are up to across the river in the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary!

If you happened to be downwind of Riverlands on Tuesday, you might have noticed that it was on fire. Don’t worry; it was on purpose! Prescribed burning is a powerful tool in natural resource management and ecological restoration in all sorts of ecosystems including prairies, wetlands, and forests. It helps keep invasive and woody species at bay, promoting the growth of native vegetation that would otherwise have to compete with them. It can also help increase plant and animal diversity, prevent large-scale wildfires (by keeping fuel from piling up), and help restore nutrients. The RMBS contains several acres of restored tallgrass prairie, a unique ecosystem that once covered most of the Midwest. Historical prairies coevolved with fire as a natural part of their ecosystem and have extensive root systems that remain unharmed in a fire. When grasslands once covered large areas uninterrupted, one fire could sweep across hundreds of thousands of acres. Now, we must burn our small remnant and restored patches using strict protocols and safety measures. No burn is started without careful consideration of weather conditions, such as wind and humidity, and safety concerns such as control lines and anchor points. Crews also wear special fireproof clothing. Controlled burns like yesterday are safe, effective, and ecologically important!

Join us for the kick-off of the much anticipated eagle watching season with this family friendly event! See a live bald ...
12/10/2018

Join us for the kick-off of the much anticipated eagle watching season with this family friendly event! See a live bald eagle up close and personal at the Alton Visitor Center, 200 Piasa St., Alton. Then let the kids enjoy cold weather games including Ice Putt Putt Golf, Ice Cube Crush and Spin the Wheel and win great prizes. Enjoy watching ice sculptors create works of art at the Alton Visitor Center. Then head across the river to the Audubon Center at Riverlands to see finished ice sculptures, view eagles and Trumpeter Swans with the center's viewing scopes and take a shuttle ride to look for eagles. Shuttle tours are $5 per person. The Eagle Festival activities are free. For more details, call 1-800-258-6645.

Here are some photos of the MV General Warren and the Warioto locking through Melvin Price Locks and Dam this afternoon....
12/09/2018

Here are some photos of the MV General Warren and the Warioto locking through Melvin Price Locks and Dam this afternoon. The General Warren, christened in 2007, is part of a three-vessel fleet that replaced the 71-year-old Dredge William A. Thompson in the job of channel maintenance and dredging on the Upper Mississippi River from approximately St. Paul, Minn., to St. Louis.

Click the link below to learn more about the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging fleet.

https://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Media/Fact-Sheets/Fact-Sheet-Article-View/Article/588283/fact-sheet-30-dredge-fleet/

Calling all Cub Scouts! Join us at the National Great Rivers Museum for our annual Scout Eagle Day. Scouts can meet a LI...
12/08/2018

Calling all Cub Scouts! Join us at the National Great Rivers Museum for our annual Scout Eagle Day. Scouts can meet a LIVE bald eagle, learn about their unique adaptations, and discover the incredible story of their journey back from the brink of extinction.

We will also be viewing an eagle nest and touring the Melvin Price Locks and Dam so be sure to dress for the weather!

TO REGISTER- call the National Great Rivers Museum at (618) 462-6979. There is a $5 registration fee.

This program is designed for Cub Scouts, however, scouts of other ages are welcome. Siblings are also welcome to participate in the program, with registration.

11/26/2018
Downtown Alton Event Venues Promotional Video

The National Great Rivers Museum is just one piece of the vibrant community of Alton, Il. Follow the link below to explore our amazing venue and those of some of our neighbors here in the Riverbend! https://youtu.be/LoXU0risC5I

Think Downtown Alton FIRST when you are planning your next big event! All of the venues shown in this video seat over 100 guests. Find contact info for each ...

11/24/2018
Celebrating the Comeback of the Burning River, 1969-2019

Fifty years ago, the Cuyahoga River caught on fire. You read that correctly. After decades of abuse, this Lake Erie tributary had reached a point where the river became so polluted it literally caught fire, earning it the nickname the "Burning River." Here's a great video showing how this environmental tragedy inspired a nation to appreciate, protect, and become good stewards of our rivers.

https://youtu.be/18JpT61rX6A

To many, the Cuyahoga River fire on June 22, 1969 represents a turning point for environmental regulation. This river caught the attention of a nation due to...

Today we celebrate 15 years of selfless service with more than 20 of our dedicated volunteers. Volunteers at the Nationa...
11/19/2018

Today we celebrate 15 years of selfless service with more than 20 of our dedicated volunteers. Volunteers at the National Great Rivers Museum play an invaluable role in helping the staff at the museum by supporting many community events, providing educational opportunities and giving back through service projects in the Alton area.

11/11/2018
On this Veteran's Day weekend, the Meeting of the Rivers Foundation wishes to thank all who served. Nov. 10 is the U.S. ...
11/10/2018

On this Veteran's Day weekend, the Meeting of the Rivers Foundation wishes to thank all who served. Nov. 10 is the U.S. Marine Corps birthday and MTRF celebrated with a beautiful cake in honor of our own former Marine Corps Sgt. Jason Welch and former Marine Corps Sgt. Major Jason Schlechte.

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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

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