Geography, River Transportation, Native American culture, the U.S. Civil War, and music of the delta are all stories with a special connection to the Mississippi River. Bringing those stories to life can be difficult in a classroom setting but at Mud Island, with the river as your classroom, 10,000 years of history comes whirling to life.

Mud Island River Park features the Riverwalk—a one-of-a-kind, ½ mile long, scale model of the Mississippi containing 1.3M gallons of water—where kids can learn about the Mississippi River in a park and museum setting.Then, float down to the Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island River Park where eighteen galleries tracing the history of the river will transport young learners to the days of Hernando Desoto, Mark Twain, and W.C. Handy.

Mud Island River Park and the Mississippi River Museum have four budget-friendly field trip packages:

River Explorers
This exciting exploration of the natural and cultural History of the lower Mississippi River Valley includes free motor coach parking, monorail ride, admission into the Mississippi River Museum, and a self-guided Mississippi River Walk Tour. Free for teachers.  $4.00 per student for groups of 20 or more.

Transportation on the Mighty Mississippi
Learn about the development and adaptation of riverboats that have traveled the Mississippi River. Along the way, students will have the opportunity to view various detailed boat models and climb aboard a reconstructed 1870s packet boat, stand in a towboat pilothouse, or step aboard a union ironclad gunboat. $6.00 per student. Limited to Small Groups.

The Mud Hunt
A scavenger hunt for information found along the Rivewalk model. Students will discover answers by investigating the scale model, various maps, and text panels utilizing their own exploratory skills. This program focuses on the river, its history, science, geology and map reading. Questions, answers and Souvenir Mud Island River Park Pencils are provided. $6.00 per student.

Civil War Riverwalk Tour
This unique tour utilizes the Riverwalk model to help students develop an understanding of the strategic importance of the Mississippi River during the U.S. Civil War. The tour highlights the major river battles and important cities along the Lower Mississippi. It focuses on history, geography and transportation as well as the strategies and campaigns of both the Union and Confederate forces. $6.00 per student. Limited to Small Groups.

For more information contact The Memphis Riverfront at 901-576-7237 or alisa@mudisland.com. Visit MemphisRiverfront.com for more ideas on ways to engage the river in your curriculum.