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CGEE Rivers Institute for Teachers Rolled On Despite Flooding


Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) once again hosted its annual Rivers Institute on the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers this summer.

There were 33 participants from all over the Twin Cities, western Wisconsin and the Duluth area on the St. Croix in June. In July, a total of 25 teachers from New Orleans and Kauai, Hawaii attended the Mississippi River institute. (The teachers from Kauai, Hawaii work at a school that is collaborating with the CGEE to preserve the native Niihua culture and language.)  

Unfortunately, flooding affected the Mississippi institute in July. The normal classes at Fort Snelling State Park had to be relocated. Despite the challenge of flooding, the institutes were a success for participants who rode a paddle boat to explore the rivers, conducted field investigations based in geology, macro-invertebrates and water engineering, and shared ideas for engaging students in scientific inquiry and writing.

“Getting out on our local rivers is always a wonderful summer experience for everyone involved,” said Sara Robertson who coordinates the program for the CGEE.

The 2019 Rivers Institutes was supported in part, through the generous financial assistance of Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation and the Meraux Foundation.

Photograph of Mississippi lock provided by Jacqueline Richard.
Photograph of students in the field by C. Riekenberg.

Written by staff.