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2024 Mississippi River Institute featuring Waters to the Sea®

Free for Educators and Face-to-Face!

Mississippi River Institute  | July 22-24, 2024 | Minneapolis and St Paul, MN

two teachers wading in a lake with a net to collect specimens

Our natural affinity to water makes rivers and watersheds a useful and familiar context for teaching and learning. Join us this summer, as the Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) presents its acclaimed Mississippi River Institute! A face-to-face three-day professional development opportunity that inspires, educates, and prepares third-through eighth-grade teachers to engage students in STEM disciplines through experiential, inquiry-based science and engineering investigations at local watersheds.


During the River Institute experience, participants will:

New Wastewater Treatment Tour Included This Year!

We are happy to announce an additional focus this year on the "built" water cycle vs the natural water cycle!  This includes storm water, drinking water, and wastewater! In addition to exploring the Mississippi River from a paddle boat, from Crosby Farm Regional Park, and from Ft Snelling State Park, we will be exploring the Mississippi River from the perspective of a wastewater treatment plant. Our institute will include a full-tour of a MetCouncil wastewater treatment plant as well as new curriculum designed to teacher students about the "built" water cycle.


All K-12 formal and informal teachers are welcome to apply!

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

Each Rivers Institute Participant Will Receive

“Becoming a learner as a teacher in the Rivers Institute was immensely important, because I put myself in my students’ shoes. I now understand how active field investigations can scaffold and further deepen knowledge of science and related subjects.”  

-- 5th Grade Teacher, Rivers Institute Participant


Sara Robertson
Program Administrator