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Hummingbirds love this color flower, hmm? 🤔#USACEeducates
05/07/2020

Hummingbirds love this color flower, hmm? 🤔

#USACEeducates

Don't BEE scared to try your hand at this pollinator crossword puzzle! #USACEeducates
05/06/2020

Don't BEE scared to try your hand at this pollinator crossword puzzle! #USACEeducates

So what is pollination? Pollination is very important to the life cycle of plants, and they cannot produce fruit or even...
05/05/2020

So what is pollination?

Pollination is very important to the life cycle of plants, and they cannot produce fruit or even seeds unless they are pollinated.
Pollen, a sticky powder produced in plant reproduction, is transferred by pollinators or the wind. Once pollination takes place, seeds begin to grow.

Now that we know more about pollinators, let’s go on a pollinator hunt in your backyard, garden, or park! #USACEeducates

What is the largest group of pollinators on the planet? Beetles!#USACEeducates
05/04/2020

What is the largest group of pollinators on the planet? Beetles!

#USACEeducates

What's all the buzz about #USACEeducates ? A group of Park Rangers from across the country have created some fun things ...
05/04/2020

What's all the buzz about #USACEeducates ? A group of Park Rangers from across the country have created some fun things for you to do to keep your mind working and thinking about the outdoors - while you are physically social distancing. Each week we will be posting themed learning opportunities and activities.

This week we'll explore the world of pollinators! Did you know that birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees are all pollinators? They visit flowers to drink nectar or feed off of pollen and transport pollen grains as they move from spot to spot. Pollinators are also vital to maintaining a healthy, functioning ecosystem.

05/01/2020
Great Rivers & Routes

Great Rivers & Routes

There are faces and places in our region that are brimming with hope. The Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau is showcasing their messages in a new video series.
Meet Jordan from the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary and National Great Rivers Museum
We can't wait to see you!

#AllinIllinois #GreatRiversRoutesStrong

04/29/2020
The scale of the Mississippi River in perspective

The Mississippi River is a giant river that provides abundant resources. But, how big is it, exactly? This animated map shows the scale of the Mississippi River and its drainage system in perspective.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8qcYbswzRk

The Mississippi River is a giant river that provides abundant resources. But, how big is it, exactly? This animated map shows the scale of the Mississippi Ri...

Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
04/28/2020

Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

If you remember our post from a few weeks ago, a mysterious Ms. Alice has been gathering DOZENS of bags of trash on Ellis Island during her regular walks on the trail. Our staff had the pleasure of finally meeting her yesterday, from a safe distance, of course. For now, she'd like to remain anonymous for her good deeds, but if you happen to see her out, be sure to give her thanks! And if you're able to do so safely, maybe even give her a hand. Most of all, we hope she inspires you to do something selfless for your community!

Check out the Madison County Sustainability program to make recycling easier.   Alton’s Recycling Station is located dow...
04/24/2020

Check out the Madison County Sustainability program to make recycling easier. Alton’s Recycling Station is located downtown at 400 Piasa Street. Make recycling a Habit!

April 22, 2020 will be the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.  As we celebrate, remember the Mississippi Watershed is the la...
04/22/2020

April 22, 2020 will be the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. As we celebrate, remember the Mississippi Watershed is the largest drainage basin in North America at 3.2 million square kilometers. The Mississippi River provides necessary resources to the U.S. and has helped to shape American History and commerce, including tourism and the fishing industry.

Happy Good Friday- we wish everyone a safe and happy weekend.
04/10/2020

Happy Good Friday- we wish everyone a safe and happy weekend.

Mississippi Valley Division (US Army Corps of Engineers)
04/07/2020

Mississippi Valley Division (US Army Corps of Engineers)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting two webinars on April 8 to provide an update on agency readiness to respond to flooding during the spring 2020 flood season. These webinars are intended to be informational and will not be recorded. No registration is required to join. If you have questions you would like us to answer during the webinars, please send an email to us at [email protected]

When it comes to camouflage, fur actually serves a particular purpose. For one thing, the color of an animals fur helps ...
04/03/2020

When it comes to camouflage, fur actually serves a particular purpose. For one thing, the color of an animals fur helps it to camouflage, or blend in, with its surroundings. See if you can spot this furry creature on the bank of the Mississippi River.

Peep, peep, peep, peep...raising young eaglets and preparing for them is a tremendous investment for bald eagle parents....
04/01/2020

Peep, peep, peep, peep...raising young eaglets and preparing for them is a tremendous investment for bald eagle parents. It means about six months of hard work and staying almost constantly within a limited nesting territory. When the eaglets are young, the parents must tear the food into tiny bits, dangling it from their bills so the hungry chicks will gobble it down. As the eaglets get older, they may squeal and scream for food, grabbing at their parents’ bills, shoving and pecking
at each other, and snatching sometimes enormous chunks of fish and gulping them down. Nesting eagles usually bring food to their young at least once every few hours, and they will need to do so for some 11 to 12 weeks until the eaglets fledge and leave the nest. Looks like one of the Eaglets in the nest across from the National Great Rivers Museum is trying to be the favorite.

One person can make a difference by the simple act of caring!   A very special lady spent dozens of volunteer hours pick...
03/26/2020

One person can make a difference by the simple act of caring! A very special lady spent dozens of volunteer hours picking up random pieces of trash that included bottles, cans, buckets, pool noodles, shelving, shoes, headlights, gardening shears, fluorescent lights, clothes, plastic, and a barrel this winter along the trails on Ellis Island in West Alton, MO. We Thank You, Ms. Alice, rest assured your hard work has not gone unnoticed and the trash pile you collected that filled two pickup trucks full has been taken to the dumpster. We applaud you!

Trees are Terrific!  Alex and Shawn from Waldbart Nursery planted more trees today at the Illinois Esplanade located at ...
03/25/2020

Trees are Terrific! Alex and Shawn from Waldbart Nursery planted more trees today at the Illinois Esplanade located at the National Great Rivers Museum.

03/22/2020
Male Great Horned Owl Grooming Extensively, 3-17-2020, Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Sharing a post from our partners at the Webster Groves Nature study, take a moment to watch this Great Horned Owl grooming himself at Forest Park.

https://youtu.be/bSFGBh3GZ_M-?fbclid=IwAR1ei0PY4HC9DiZWFf25VLM5ikvC_z_k94SnNUyB4v-oec2FUlmvTywXPsc

Charles, a male Great Horned Owl I have studied in Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, USA since December 2005, grooms and preens extensively on March 17, 20...

Use this lesson plan to learn how to make a positive impact on your environment.  Explore the ecosystems of the Mississi...
03/21/2020

Use this lesson plan to learn how to make a positive impact on your environment. Explore the ecosystems of the Mississippi River and learn how we can make a positive impact on our environment. This lesson plan and many others can be found in the Our Mississippi curriculum guide. You can view it online at:
https://www.mvd.usace.army.mil/Portals/52/docs/regional_flood_risk_management/our_mississippi/EdGuide/U2/Our%20Mississippi%20Unit%202%20LR.pdf

View the "Current State Of Our Working River" - https://www.tpt.org/current-state-of-our-working-river-tpt/?fbclid=IwAR1...
03/17/2020
Current State of Our Working River - Twin Cities PBS

View the "Current State Of Our Working River" - https://www.tpt.org/current-state-of-our-working-river-tpt/?fbclid=IwAR1aFLQLFxAFr9NpdFTwM3Usgfhj90jhRm6C0AoDG1kelhh0i48AfddTypY

Called 'silent giants', barges carry millions of tons of commodities through St. Paul on the Mississippi River. The river provides both jobs and an environmentally friendly option to move goods without adding trains to tracks, or trucks to roads. For the benefits provided by river shipping the need for investment to maintain river infrastructure is continuous. Produced with St. Paul Port Authority.

Called ‘silent giants’ barges carry millions of tons of commodities through St. Paul on the Mississippi River. The river provides both jobs and an environmentally friendly option to move goods without adding trains to tracks, or trucks to roads. For the benefits provided by river shipping the ne...

St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
03/16/2020
St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

As of 17 March 2020, all St. Louis District visitor centers, museums, beaches and project offices will close to the public. Day use areas and boat ramps will remain open and available.

USACE campgrounds that are currently open will honor active reservations through Thursday, March 19th. Any individuals with reservations on or before March 19th will be able to camp for the entirety of their reservation. First-come, first-serve campsites will not be available after Thursday, March 19th.

Camping reservations scheduled between 20 March and 3 April are cancelled. Refunds will be provided through Recreation One-Stop (1-877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov).

USACE Campgrounds that have not opened will have an indefinite delay. All other special events scheduled from 17 March through 3 April are now cancelled.

Additional information will be announced as soon as possible.

#TBT #WomensHistoryMonth Today, we honor Betty Farwell; the Corps’ first female HQ Director. Betty’s dedication and incr...
03/16/2020

#TBT #WomensHistoryMonth Today, we honor Betty Farwell; the Corps’ first female HQ Director. Betty’s dedication and incredible work ethic spurred her ground-breaking career in the Corps of Engineers.Throughout her life, Betty fought for equal rights for women and minorities.

While in law school, she challenged the legal sorority’s policy against admitting African-American students. She refused to join and protested until the group finally changed its national charter and admitted one of Betty’s friends, Jessie Slayton, as its first black member.

While working for the Corps, she served as chairperson on the Equal Opportunity Subcommittee of the Federal Executive Council of Detroit. She visited local high schools and encouraged minority students to seek job opportunities with the federal government, especially young women.

When recruiting for positions Betty called local African-American organizations, encouraging them to advertise the opportunities in their communities. She personally hired several female lawyers during her tenure. Betty helped open the door for women and minorities in the Corps.

Women say that they would never have achieved their career status if not for her determination & ability to prove that women could perform the same high-level duties as men. Betty Farwell retired on December 31, 1981 after nearly 20 years of service to the Corps of Engineers.

Its as easy as 1, 2, 3.14, and since today's date is March 14, 2020 - its officially National Pi Day.  Pi, also known by...
03/14/2020

Its as easy as 1, 2, 3.14, and since today's date is March 14, 2020 - its officially National Pi Day. Pi, also known by the Greek letter “π,” is a constant value used in math that represents the ratio of a circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is just about 3.14….15…9265359… (and so on). Not only that, but the fourteenth of March is also Albert Einstein’s birthday, so all together it’s nothing short of a mathematician’s delight. What does Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) have in common? Engineering is identifying problems and using scientific knowledge to solve them. Primarily, Engineers do this by developing prototypes, testing those prototypes and gathering necessary data through mathematical formulas, then using the data to decide whether that prototype should be refined or replicated. If the prototype is replicated, that's technology. Visitors can see several examples of STEM by visiting the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, IL open Wednesday - Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Rangers at the National Great Rivers Museum are excited to issue Federal Land Passes to qualified 4th graders as part of...
03/13/2020

Rangers at the National Great Rivers Museum are excited to issue Federal Land Passes to qualified 4th graders as part of a national initiative to get children and their families out to visit parks and museums! The Every Kid Outdoor initiative will provide all fourth grade students and their families with free admission for a full year to more than 2,000 federally-managed sites nationwide.

https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm

Mr Richard "Dick" Oliver our Harmonica Man has reached the 2000 hour volunteer milestone at the National Great Rivers Mu...
03/12/2020

Mr Richard "Dick" Oliver our Harmonica Man has reached the 2000 hour volunteer milestone at the National Great Rivers Museum. It is said that those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer. Dick is still going strong at 90 and is working on his 14th year with us.

What holds up a bridge?  Actually, bridges must balance two different kinds of forces: compression (a pushing or squeezi...
03/07/2020

What holds up a bridge? Actually, bridges must balance two different kinds of forces: compression (a pushing or squeezing force acting inward) and tension (a pulling or stretching force, acting outward). By balancing these forces when they build their own experimental bridge during the Bridge Building Workshop, Girl Scout Juniors at the National Great Rivers Museum learn how bridges channel the weight or load of the bridge into the main supports.

In celebration of "Read Across America", the Great Rivers Treasures bookstore at the National Great Rivers Museum offers...
03/04/2020

In celebration of "Read Across America", the Great Rivers Treasures bookstore at the National Great Rivers Museum offers books for all ages - from Minn of the Mississippi to Timmy the Turtle, Esther the Eaglet to the Tale of Emily Windsnap, birds, mushrooms and tales of river adventures along with delicious recipe books and where to camp this summer will engage, educate and guide you on your adventures. Come check it out, we are open Wednesday - Saturday, 9 - 5 p.m.

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2 Lock And Dam Way
East Alton, IL
62024

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Opening Hours

Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 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