Educators can learn about the latest issues facing the Mississippi River Watershed and discuss ideas for enhancing programs and improving partnerships this fall at the Mississippi River Watershed Education Symposium. Held Nov. 14-15 at the Lewis and Clark Community College campus in Godfrey, IL, the symposium includes professional development workshops and speaker presentations on topics such as place-based learning, integrating river data into curriculum, and citizen science projects. Attendees will also have an opportunity participate in a river island cleanup with the Living Lands and Waters crew.

Registration closes Nov. 4. A $55 fee covers concurrent sessions, meals, and keynote presentations from National Geographic’s Sean O’Connor and Chad Pregracke from Living Lands and Waters. Additional fees may be required for some workshops. View the agenda and register at

The event is hosted by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, a non-profit collaborative partnership that conducts research, education, and outreach related to the connection of larger rivers and their floodplains, watersheds, and local communities. Partners include University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Illinois Natural History Survey, and Lewis and Clark Community College.