The Student Oceans Conference is an intensive two-day watershed workshop held at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRMA), throughout Dubuque County, and on the Mississippi River. This workshop is designed to inspire a watershed stewardship ethic in students and build upon their confidence and individual environmental literacies.

The Mississippi River Watershed encompasses 31 states and parts of two Canadian provinces. Our actions in the Midwest have direct effects on the rivers, wildlife, people, and oceans downstream.

Join the NMRMA and our many conservation partners in having fun while learning how you and your students can be part of the solution to improving the health of our nation’s waters.

Detailed agenda will be available in August 2023. Transportation to off-site locations on Thursday’s field day will be provided by the River Museum. 

Save the Date

2024 Dates coming soon! 

Free! | For High School Students

Space is Limited

Up to ten area high schools are welcome to bring five participants. Additional student participants from individual high schools will be dependent on the number of schools to which apply. Registrants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis with a max of 50 participants (including teachers/chaperones) from up to 10 area high schools. Teachers wanting to bring additional students will be informed two weeks prior by Sept. 7th whether others from their school can be accommodated.

Meals, Accommodations & Transportation

  • All meals and overnight facility accommodations are provided.
  • Students and teachers will spend the night in or outside the aquarium in our boat yard.
  • Showers will NOT be available. 
  • Cots, sleeping mats, air mattresses, pillows, sleeping bags, tents, etc. are encouraged and are the responsibility of teachers and students. Limited tent availability can be made by request.
  • Transportation to off-site locations on Thursday’s field day will be provided by the River Museum.


For questions on the program and itinerary, contact Codi Sharkey, Conservation Lead at (563-557-9545 x215) or Brittany Latch, Education Program Manager, at or x235. We cannot wait to see you in September!