Mornings at the River

Activities at the River for You and Your Little Ones

Parents and caregivers are the key to establishing a child’s early love of nature. Designed for children ages 0 to 5-year-olds, our Mornings at the River series creates opportunities for little ones and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers to spend one-on-one time exploring, discovering, and making memories together at the Missouri River.


Mornings at the River Details

  • Month of June on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 – 11:30AM
  • 0-5-year-olds
  • Cooper's Landing: 11505 Smith Hatchery Rd, Columbia, MO
  • Includes an activity or craft, a special fun guest and story time

Registration for this Program is coming soon!

Activity Schedule

Each week's sessions will take place at Cooper's Landing Campgrounds & Marina and are designed around a fun river theme. Every event includes an activity or craft, a fun special guest, Nature Sensory Tables and a pretend play zone. (And, of course, a snack!) The themed sessions are offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Register for one session or one for each week.  

Awesome River Art

  • 9:30-11:30am
  • Tuesday, June 14th
  • Thursday, June 16th

Curiosity is the name of the game when it comes to little ones— it keeps them moving all day, every day. Creating art with a fun expression activity can help them explore natural items and new art materials. Join us for a river inspired art project with a local artist.

Special Guest: Adrienne Luther

Magical River Music

  • 9:30-11:30am
  • Tuesday, June 21st
  • Thursday, June 23rd

Have you noticed your little one’s eyes light up when they hear music? Most love listening to music. When you visit the river, you can hear how nature makes its own music. Come meet a local musician and make a "seed bomb" with a City of Columbia Conservationist.

Special Guest: WildHeart & City of Columbia Conservationist

Books & Beautiful River Birds

  • 9:30-11:30am
  • Tuesday, June 28th
  • Thursday, June 30th

Does your little one love animals, including wildlife? Then you just might want to get to know the wildlife you probably see every day: birds. There are many special aspects about the beautiful birds that call the Missouri River home. Come meet our special feather friend guest, pick out a book from the Bookmobile, and enjoy some story time at the river.

Special Guest: Raptor Rehabilitation Project, Missouri River Bird Observatory, Columbia Audubon Society & Daniel Boone Regional Library Bookmobile

Program Location 

This series will be hosted at Cooper's Landing Campgrounds & Marina.

Our program will be set up a safe distance from the banks of the river under the cottonwood trees near the Katy Trail in the North Campgrounds.

Important Information

To ensure the health and safety of our families and staff. We ask for a manageable parent-to-child ratio to help us ensure safe social distancing. 

We have also reviewed all guidance from the CDC, in developing our safety policies and procedures. As this is an ever-changing situation, we will keep you updated on any changes in protocols and procedures.

Mornings at the River Registration

You will be able to complete the online registration process by clicking here. You can register for one session or one for each week.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kristen Schulte, Education Director at or call 636-288-5570.

Sponsors & Partners

Missouri River Relief has partnered with First Chance for Children and AmeriCorps to bring this year's Mornings at the River to Columbia. Support for this event has been provided by the Boone Electric Community Trust and Carol Grove.

Carol Grove

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