2023 Mississippi River Institute featuring Waters to the Sea®

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2023 Mississippi River Institute featuring Waters to the Sea®

Free for Educators and Face-to-Face!

Mississippi River Institute - July 24-26, 2023; 8am-4pm

“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

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 investigations at local watersheds.


The standards-informed River Institute is designed to increase teachers' knowledge in water related content, enhance STEM-focused investigation skills, expand literacy skills, and help area educators translate professional experiences into meaningful, engaging classroom investigations for students.


The focus for the institute is on elementary and middle school classroom teachers, as well as science specialists and teams of teachers. All educators are welcome to apply.


Through their work in the River Institute, participants will:

Activities to Accomplish Objectives

During the River Institute experience, participants will:

Waters to the Sea®

River Institute participants will receive and explore Waters to the Sea®, a suite of award-winning multimedia learning modules that help students grades 3-8 understand critical water issues through engaging stories and visualizations.


The Mississippi River Institute take place over three days. Participants interact live with professionals working on the river to investigate how concepts taught and experienced in the Institute can be directly transferred to classroom practice. Then, participants put principles in action through hands-on activities in the backyard or community. Core concepts in science, engineering, and literacy will be introduced and explored as well as strategies for integrating lessons and activities using rivers as a context for learning.

What else?

Each participant will receive:

The 2023 Mississippi River Institute is provided, in part, 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.

2023 Mississippi River Institute: 

July 24-26, 2023; 8am-4pm daily

Multimedia Links:

If you have any questions, contact Sara Robertson at srobertson01@hamline.edu or 651-523-2895.

Learn about the other Teacher Professional Development opportunities at the Center for Global Environmental Education.


Sara Robertson
Program Administrator