The Our Mississippi Educational Activities about the Upper Mississippi River Book is designed for Grades 5-6 with additional upper grade activities for older grades.  The link above will give access for the five units of the book along with an appendix of additional useful information.  Links to individual handout pages for each unit are also listed.  Physical copies of the books are available at the National Great Rivers Museum.

Additional Teacher Resources

John Madson Memorial Library 
This resource library is located at the Rivers Project Office in West Alton, Missouri. Educators can take advantage of the many publications on wetlands, habitats, and nature guides, along with engineering and navigation publications. Many excellent videos are available through the library and are a way for people to learn about Locks & Dams, Eagles, Flooding, and Wetlands. Many of our videos are around 30 minutes long and can be checked out by visiting or calling the Rivers Project Office, (636) 899-2600.

Most of the written materials in the library were donated to the Rivers Project, by John Madson’s wife, Dycie. John Madson was the author of many books and articles. An Iowa native, John, and his wife retired in the Alton area. John wrote about the natural history and resource conservation of rivers, prairies, and deserts. He had work published in the Smithsonian, Audubon & National Geographic magazines. He passed away in 1995.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Education has resources trunks available for loan to formal and non-formal educators. Trunks may be borrowed for two-week time periods. Each resource trunk is a large plastic container filled with supplemental items to enhance your lessons.

Ranger Kits
The US Army Corps of Engineers has resource kits available for loan to formal and non-formal educators. Kits may be borrowed for two-week time periods. Each kit focuses on an Environmental Education topic. These kits are designed to enhance your lessons about wetlands, prairies, birds, fish, insects and more. Please call (618) 462-6979, for more information.

Virtual Learning Resources

Video resources are available at the National Great Rivers Museum Youtube Channel .  The channel has videos on the Melvin Price Lock and Dam Construction as well as a playlist of videos about the Lock and Dam and the National Great Rivers Museum.

The National Great Rivers Museum Facebook page has weekly educational themes with activities.

Water Safety Activities are available from our friend Bobber at the Army Corp of Engineers  Bobber the Water Safety Dog Site.

Activity Sheets

For a free copy of the Our Mississippi Book, please call the National Great Rivers Museum at 618.462.6979.


The National Great Rivers Museum at Melvin Price Lock and Dam is seeking enthusiastic volunteers ranging from 16 years of age and up to assist in a variety of activities. 



Join us for a public tour of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam or make reservations for a group of 10 or more. Find out more details about times, group minimums and guidelines. 



We offer a variety of educational and outreach programs for all ages. Stay connected to upcoming events for Girl Scouts, festivals, camps, and ticket purchases.



A dramatic play of light and sound sets the scene for visitors to connect to our river. Educational exhibits about the Mississippi River & tours are the focus, plus a working lock & dam.