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2024 Mississippi River Delta Institute featuring Waters to the Sea®

Free for Educators and Face-to-Face!

Mississippi River Delta Institute | July 8-10, 2024 | New Orleans, LA

At the end of the Mississippi’s long journey to the Gulf of Mexico, America’s greatest river passes through a delta of unparalleled richness and complexity. Teeming with wildlife and ecological variety, a cradle for a fascinating blend of cultural traditions, and one of the most endangered environments on the planet—the Delta is all this and more. 

Join us for the Mississippi River Delta Institute (MRDI)—a free professional development program in New Orleans, designed to inspire, educate and prepare teachers to engage students in STEM disciplines through experiential, inquiry-based investigations. 

It will incorporate expert presentations about the Mississippi River Delta environments, rich media resources ready for use with students, and community-building with other educators.

Activities Include

Workshop Goals

To increase teachers' knowledge of Mississippi River related content, enhance STEM-focused investigation skills, expand literacy skills, and help guide the development of meaningful, engaging investigations for students learning remotely and in the classroom.


All elementary and middle school formal and informal teachers, as well as teacher teams are welcome to apply. 

Each Rivers Institute Participant Will Receive

Stipends for St. Bernard Parish educators

A limited number of $150 stipends are available to teachers attending from St. Bernard Parish. Up to $700 of additional financial support for related school supplies and field trips is available for a limited number of St. Bernard Parish teachers who implement the program in the classroom. 

The 2024 Mississippi River Delta Institute is funded through the generous financial assistance of the Meraux Foundation. With their ongoing support CGEE enables hundreds of teachers to improve the way they understand and teach science, and help thousands of students connect with the natural world.

Waters to the Sea®

Rivers Institute participants will receive and explore a suite of multimedia learning modules designed to help students in grades 3-8 understand critical water issues through engaging stories and visualizations. Check out Waters to the Sea® new interactive multimedia learning materials about the Delta’s natural and cultural history.


Sara Robertson
Program Administrator