5/15/2013 10:30:00 AM Apply now to take part in July 16 Mississippi River Adventure Day sponsored by Friends of Pool 9
Children wade through an eel grass bed along a willow shrouded beach shoreline north of Lansing, Iowa in search of aquatic animals and other invertebrates during last year’s Mississippi River Day, sponsored by Friends of Pool 9. Submitted photo.
The sixth annual Mississippi River Adventure Day (MRAD), sponsored by Friends of Pool 9, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16. The day-long event involves treating 120 children and parents to a series of experiences on the Mississippi River. Outdoor professionals will give the children in attendance an encounter with nature they will not soon forget. The river activity affords children a hands-on experience with nature under the guidance and safety of trained professionals. Friends of Pool 9 organizers assure parents it will be a safe and meaningful day for their children. There is no cost to parents or children - all expenses are paid by Friends of Pool 9. Participants and accompanying adults will be fitted with a personal flotation device (life jacket), transported to the activity sites, and provided a picnic lunch on the beach. Adventures will include seining for fish, “pollywogging” for clams, collecting small invertebrates, touching a live catfish and visiting an active bald eagle nest. The older aged groups (9-13) will take part in a GPS Treasure Hunt and have an encounter with nature while on a backwater canoe trip. It’s a Huck Finn/Tom Sawyer kind of day that introduces children to the excitement and beauty of the Mississippi River. Applications to participate can be found on the Friends of Pool 9 website, friendsofpool9.org, under the F.O.P. 9 News/Events Tab. Applications can be completed and submitted online and submitted they can be printed from the website and mailed to Judy Anderson, P.O. Box 321, Genoa City, WI 53128. The application deadline is July 1. Applicants are accepted in a first come, first served manner and the number is limited to 120 children and parents.
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