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. For more information, check out these stories from our 2023 program by The Columbia Daily Tribune, KRCG-13 News, and Como Magazine.  You can also check out reflections and photos from past years here.

Mornings at the River Details

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of June 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

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.  

Boogie with River Bugs

  • 9:30-11:30 am
  • Tuesday, June 4th
  • Thursday, June 6th

Pack your boogie shoes! Most little ones love to sing along and dance to music. What's better than music by the River? Violet Vonder Haar will bring the river jams, and we'll meet some of the cool bugs that call the Missouri River their home!

Special Guests: Violet Vonder Haar, Eze Pojmann-Ezeonyilo (bug expert!), C.V Riley Entomological Society, & Daniel Boone Regional Library Bookmobile

Beautiful River Birds

  • 9:30-11:30 am
  • Tuesday, June 11th
  • Thursday, June 13th

There are so many beautiful birds at the River! We love the excitement of a little one jumping up and down when they spot a new bird friend in the wild. Come meet our special feathered friends and enjoy the wonders of birding at the River!

Special Guests: Missouri River Bird Observatory, Columbia Audubon Society, Raptor Rehab,

Fabulous River Fish & Frogs

  • 9:30-11:30 am
  • Tuesday, June 18th
  • Thursday, June 20th

Hop on down to the River! Get creative with local artist Adrienne Luther, then play the morning away along the Missouri River. Your little one will love these fabulous fish and frog-themed activities!

Special Guest: Adrienne Luther

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.


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

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. We would also like to thank our sponsors, Carol Grove and the Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia for supporting this program.

Carol Grove

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