Yankton’s Riverside Park is an inspiring setting for students to learn about the Missouri National Recreational River. On May 5th, 349 students from six Nebraska and South Dakota schools listened to presentations from twenty different organizations in stations set up around the park. Much of their experience was hands-on, as students from grades 7-11 were able to touch living animals like pallid sturgeon and bullfrogs, try out nature writing, or see how far they could throw rescue ropes. They learned about a variety of river-related subjects, including paddling, wildlife, fossils, riverboats, water flow, and invasive species. Students gained a respect for the river and may have imagined a future for themselves as scientists and naturalists. Congratulations to the MRE and to everyone who participated!