Missouri River Days Yearly Reflection

Reflecting on Our Largest Student Program of the Year

Each year, 4th-grade students from Columbia Public Schools have the opportunity to visit the Missouri River with their class for a one-of-a-kind learning experience. Missouri River Days is a half-day field trip on the Missouri River based out of Cooper's Landing Riverside Resort & Marina, in Columbia, MO.

Check out this National Park Service video or KRCG-13's story to see Missouri River Days in action.

Who Leads Missouri River Days?

Missouri River Relief is proud to be a part of Columbia Public School District’s Partners In Education Program. Missouri River Days is held in partnership between Missouri River Relief and the Columbia Public Schools Science Department

As a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect people to the Missouri River, Missouri River Relief achieves this through hands-on river cleanups, education programs and outreach events.

River Experience

Students will receive a motorboat ride that incorporates spectacular views of the Missouri River all while learning about the channelization of the river.

Look Through the Eyes of Historical Explorers

Studying the observations and sketches from the scientific journals of Lewis and Clark, students will learn how to create a watercolor sketch of their own to bring home.

Meet a Fisheries Biologist

Students get up close and personal with the fish that call the Missouri River home as they meet some of the scientists that are helping the river's ecosystem.

Observation is a Skill

Using the cottonwood forest as our laboratory, students will make careful observations and ask questions to learn about the plants found in the Missouri River bottom.

Fall 2023

Over the course of three days in September, fourth graders from across Columbia headed to the Missouri River to think like scientists, create watercolor masterpieces, meet fisheries biologists, and get to know the flora and fauna of the river floodplain.

731 students and 34 teachers joined us on the river for this semester's Missouri River Days.

We had sunny, beautiful (and hot!) days together. Luckily, when students and teachers boarded Missouri River Relief boats, they were treated to some "River A/C" as they motored upstream.

Check out the pictures from September 25th, September 27th, and September 29th on our Flickr page!

Spring 2023

For three exciting days this April 4th graders got to paint with artists, meet with fisheries biologists, walk the floodplain forests and take a ride in a MRR motorboat.

665 students alongside 31 teachers attended this semester's Missouri River Days and for the first time in a while did not need a rain poncho!

Furthermore, kids were able to stretch their legs and expand their minds by learning how to think like a scientist. 

See pictures from April 24th, April 26th or April 28th on our Flicker page!

Fall 2022

Missouri River Relief took 877 students and 41 teachers out onto the Missouri River across four days in the fall of 2022. This endeavor would not have been possible without a total of 91 volunteers and presenters who came down to the river to help. Together we created an unforgettable experience. 

Rain or shine, students and teachers alike took this opportunity to connect with the river on a deeper level. The students met with fisheries biologists, went on a nature hike through the woods, and much more.

See photos from September 23rd, September 26th, September 28th, or September 30th on our Flickr page!

Spring 2022

During the Spring semester of 2022, Missouri River Relief undertook the task of taking out 1,329 students over the course of six days. The scale of this program was born from the desire to share this experience with as many classes as possible following the cancelation of prior years' due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Students and teachers boarded Missouri River Relief boats for a fieldtrip like no other. Along the river banks,  students visited live fish and painted scenic views of the Missouri River landscape.

See pictures from April 25th, April 27th, May 2nd, May 3rd, May 4th, or May 6th on our Flicker page!

Thank you to our Partners and Sponsors

We would like to thank Bass Pro Shops & Cabela's Outdoor Fund and the City of Columbia Office of Sustainability and AmeriCorps for their partnership in this event.

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