Mississippi River Exploration Trunk

The Mississippi River Exploration Trunk is the dream of a diverse group of Mississippi River enthusiasts, environmentalists, historians and business and civic leaders from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, who have collaborated to give you an unprecedented learning opportunity focused on the upper Mississippi River.  Once you start using these resources, we hope your new energy and enthusiasm for the river will help you care for this national treasure. Mississippi River Exploration Trunk Image



Materials in Trunk: 

1.      Big River Teacher’s Guide, Mississippi River classroom activities and educational resources, coordinated      by the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area 

2.      CD-Rom: Educator’s Guide for the Grand Excursion River Exploration Trunk



3.      African Americans in Minnesota, Nora Murphy and Mary Murphy-Gnatz

4.      Big River Reader, Stories about the People, Wildlife, and the History of the Upper Mississippi River

5.      Discover a River, Eastern National Park and Monument Association

6.      Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song, by Larry Long and Jim Fanning

7.      Exploration of the Mississippi River, Activity Guide, Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources

8.      Freshwater Mussel Activity Book and Learning Resource, North Carolina Freshwater Mussel Conservation

9.      Grand Excursion 2004, “What a Difference 150 Years Can Make,” Pioneer Press

10.     I Will Be Your Friend, Songs and Activities for Young Peace-Makers, by Teaching Tolerance.org

11.     Ininatig’s Gift of Sugar, Traditional Native Sugar Making, by Laura Waterman Wittstock

12.     Jane Gibbs—Little Bird That was Caught, by Anne E Neuberger

13.     Minn of the Mississippi, by Holling C. Holling

14.     Minnesota, by Hello U.S.A.

15.     Sacred Harvest, Ojibway Wild Rice Gathering, by Gordon Regguinti

16.     The Good Path, Ojibwe learning and activity book for kids, by Thomas Peacock and Marlene Wisuri

17.     Understanding Invasive Aquatic Weeds, Homework and Classroom Activities for the 5th Grade

18.     War Eagle, A Brief History of the Steamboat 1854-1870, LaCrosse County Historical Society

19.     Water Safety Adventure Activity Book, US Army Corps of Engineers

20.     Water Sourcebook, A Series of Classroom Activities for Grades 3-5, Tennessee Valley Authority


Posters & Maps

21.     Crosby Park: Floodplain Forest, Backwater Sanctuary

22.     Carver’s Cave: Spirit Dwelling, Alliance Cave, Landmark

23.     Lambert Landing: Early Immigrant Arrival Place

24.     Kaposia: Dakota Village on the Mississippi River

25.     How do we Treat our Wastewater?

26.     1991 Aerial Photography, Science Museum of Minnesota

27.     Saint Paul Topographic Map, Science Museum of Minnesota

28.     Grand Excursion on the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad, June 5, 1854 (Picture of Train)

29.     Trail Guide of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

30.     Map:  Minnesota, by the Audubon Great River Birding Trail

31.     Map:  Mississippi National River and Recreation Area


Audio/Visual Media

32.     The Plight of the Freshwater Mussel: Canaries of the Deep (VHS)

33.     Surf the Nest, by Modern Woodmen of America (Interactive CD ROM)

34.     River Stories II, Storeis and Songs by Brian “Fox” Ellis  (Tape)

35.     Wacipi – Pow Wow, Twin Cities Public Television  (DVD)

36.     Calls of Minnesota’s Frogs and Toads, Hamline University, MN Frogwatch   (CD ROM)

37.     A Thousand Friends of Frogs, Hamline University Center for Global Environmental Education (CD ROM)

38.     Wastewater Treatment for Youngsters 8 to 80, Metropolitan Council Environmental Services  (CD ROM

Other Items

39.     Mother of Pearl Button, Blumenthal Lansing Co.        

40.     Clay Pot with curriculum on Mill Ruins Park

41.   Shell from freshwater mussel