Bring the River Museum to your classroom virtually through distance learning!

Join our staff as we present virtual programs, live from the River Museum to your participants. Distance learning options are presented using Zoom. We are also happy to adjust our programming to meet your age group and requirements.

To book your group, complete the inquiry form below. Contact our education team at (563) 557-9545 x222 or for questions.

Program Options

Choose from the following list of unique options!

Animal Habitats

Grades K-2 | 30 minutes

Experience a LIVE view of one of the River Museum’s many exhibits! We’ll discuss the animals that live there and their habitat.

NOTE: this program may take place during normal Museum hours. 

Critter Chronicles

Grades K-2 | 30 minutes

Read a story about one of our animal ambassadors and get a chance to meet them up close! Choose from a reptile or amphibian. 

Life Cycles

Grades K-2 | 30 minutes

Explore how animals transform from eggs to adults! Students will learn about complete and incomplete metamorphosis by meeting a live amphibian and invertebrate.

Tails and Tales

Grades K-2 | 45 minutes

Why do some animals have tails and what do they do with them? Discover how animals use their tails and other adaptations by meeting a few live animals up close. We'll also share some animal tales along the way!


Grades K-2 | 30 minutes

What has a shell and is covered in scales? If you guessed a turtle, you are correct! Learn all about these animals by meeting some live turtles.

Mississippi River Life

Grades K-5 | 45 minutes

Explore the animals found in the Mississippi River watershed by looking at skulls, furs and live animals!

Rockin' Reptiles

Grades K-6 | 45 minutes

Explore the world of reptiles with a River Museum educator as your guide! Learn about some of their amazing adaptations and the important roles they play in nature. A few live animals will join us.

RiverWorks Discovery®: Commerce, Culture, Conservation & Careers

Grades 4-8 | 45 minutes

Discover ways the Mississippi River has impacted culture and commerce through the years. We will then examine what careers and conservation on the river look like today.

Riverworks Discovery® is an outreach program of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

Museum Careers

Grades 6-12 | 45 minutes

Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a Museum or Aquarium? During this program, we will explore a couple of the jobs that are key to taking care of our historical and animal collections at the River Museum. 

Are You Smarter than an 8th Grader?

For adult audiences |  45 minutes

Learn more about one-room schoolhouses and early education. Then we'll put the audience to the test by taking an 8th-grade graduation exam from the 1850s. It may be harder than you think!

Inquiry Form

Interested in booking? Complete the following and we'll contact you within the next few days!