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.