Living River Online

A Virtual Interactive Textbook


VIDEO: Let Ranger Jim introduce you to Living River Online!


What's an ecosystem?

How is it related to a floodplain forest?

How are mussels connected to a river floodplain's water quality?

Why is it so hard to be a Northern Pike fish in the Mississippi River?

Come find out answers to these questions and more as you explore the upper Mississippi River ecosystem and two native species.

You will explore three topics related to this part of the Mississippi River:

  1. Upper Mississippi River's Floodplain Forest Ecosystem

  2. Mighty Mussels

  3. Powerful Pike

Each topic will have the following for you to explore:

  1. Introduction video with related topic questions and vocabulary to explore

  2. Understand it: Explore and learn about the topic through slide decks, videos and readings

  3. Do it: Complete a hands-on activity, product or project

  4. Quiz it: Take a short quiz to see what you know about each topic

Use the Resource section:

Get to know more about each topic by using the resource section. TEACHERS - there are valuable resources for you to use here as well!

River Poetry Challenge:

Once you know more about each topic, write a poem. We show you how in the River Poetry Challenge! Select poems are then featured in our River Poetry Showcase!

Your teacher may also assign you related activities and lessons. Have fun!


Introducing the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Get to know an urban national park located within the metropolitan area of Minneapolis-Saint Paul.

Travel the length of the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River runs from its headwaters at Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota to its mouth just south of New Orleans, Louisiana. This video takes you on a tour along the length of this amazing river in just five minutes!

Source: Center for Global Environmental Education, Hamline University


Source: Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, Young Naturalists

Living River Online is produced by Mississippi Park Connection in collaboration with Mississippi National River and Recreation Area of the National Park Service. Further support is provided by Hamline University, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and River Educators.