Future Stewards of the Mississippi

Creating Future Stewards in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

With the help of a grant from NPF, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area connected youth from YMCA after school programs with nature.

The Mississippi River is one of the world's great rivers and one of the most complex floodplain river ecosystems on the planet. It is also one of the defining features of the North American continent.

The National Park Foundation encourages and promotes local fundraising support at individual national park sites. The Mississippi Park Connection is a nonprofit partner of the National Park Service and supports core stewardship and community engagement programs in education, water quality protection, habitat restoration and our shared heritage.

Hundreds of youth from YMCA after school programs were introduced to a broad array of academic and recreational opportunities along the Mississippi River. Through outing club adventures ranging from canoeing to cooking to studying water quality to fishing and wilderness cooking, kids connected with the park and were encouraged to return with their families.