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Prehistoric Indians
Ancient Architects of the Mississippi - Take a look at the mound building cultures who called the Mississippi River valley home.

Arts, Literature, and Culture
Mark Twain - Interested in the life of Samuel Clemens (also known as Mark Twain)? This site, the Web site for the Ken Burns' film Mark Twain, has it all: history, classroom activities, writings, and a timeline.

National Archives and Records Administration
- Look at a the Louisiana Purchase. Search for photos of jazz artists. Read about Reconstruction and the Dred Scott case.
The Mark Twain Association of New York, Inc. - History on the man himself and links to other Twain-related sites.

Biology and Environment
Environmental Protection Agency - Do you know how to tell if a watershed is healthy? Check the plants and animals that are dependent on it. This site from the Enironmental Protection Agency explains how to use biological indicators to check watershed health. There are links to macroinvertebrate information (an important part of any food web), plants, fish , and other related topics. And if you want to see how insects look before and after metamorphosis, visit Masterbug Theater, a companion Web site.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
- The Agricultural Resource Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has a site full of news, photos, and much more.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Provides information on the National Fish Hatchery System and endangered species.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Photos of wildlife that you can use for your school projects.
Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water - Water Education.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Energy and Geological Resources Information on Iowa's geology and natural resources.
The United States Geological Survey - Content on biology, geology, water, and mapping.
The USGS's Earthquake Hazards Program - Earthquake activities, research, and information.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial - Consists of the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion, and St. Louis' Old Courthouse
Gettysburg National Military Park - The National Park Service teaches you about Gettysburg and the Civil War.
The National Park Service's Archaeology and Ethnography Program - Links to National Park Service archaeology sites

National Park Service - The National Park Service Web site can show you some of the recreation available along the river.
National Park Foundation - The official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service supports conservation and educational efforts.

Nova on PBS - The most watched science program in the world offers activities.
National Snow and Ice Data Center - All about glaciers and their awesome power.
NASA's Observatorium - Want to learn more about the hydrologic cycle? This site has it all!


Funding provided by
USDE Star Schools grant #R203K990001 and Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust

There is so much going on along the Mississippi River. These links have interesting facts and information on all sorts of topics related to the river.

- Prehistoric Indians
- Arts, Literature, and Culture

- Biology and Environment
- Geology
- History
- Recreation
- Science