River Action wins funding for Explore the River 

River Action’s 18th annual Explore the River Summer Education Series received a mini-grant award of $3,000 from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

The series, which is in full swing, offers talks on the Channel Cat water taxi, as well as land-based Riverine Walks. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from now through Sept. 8, it showcases interesting and educational aspects of our river town, teaching participants first-hand about the wildlife, history, culture and geography of the Mississippi River and the Quad Cities. 

Upcoming Channel Cat talks include “Raptors along the River” on Tuesday and Thursday, June 28 and 30. Attendees will be able to see a live raptor up close. On July 5 and 7, sign up to hear about “Plastic Pollution on the Mighty Mississippi” and receive a free mesh trash bag. Expert Lori McCollum will discuss the increasing plastic pollution and contamination of our most important local natural resource. Channel Cat Talks leave the Riverbend Commons, 2951 E. River Drive, Moline, at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Riverine Walks begin at the site of interest at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m. on Saturdays. Upcoming talks are on Regenerative Farming Practices, the History of Arsenal Island, the Unseen Gems that are our Native Fish, Climate Change and the Planting and Importance of Trees, and a new offering titled “Floreciente to Sylvan: Connecting Neighborhoods with Historic Sites.”

Learn about all the talks and sign up here.

For questions, call Virginia Smith at (563) 322-2969.

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