The other day as I drove through East Moline and looked at the mighty Mississippi I realized how lucky I am to have lived in areas near different rivers.

A friend of mine from out of town was shocked and kept talking about the river. They had never been this close to a major river before, and for the first time in a long time, I saw how beautiful the river was, and thought about how to me it was just a river. I've seen rivers my whole life. I never thought twice about it until now.

I then realized that many people who have never grown up next to rivers are shocked to see the Mississippi. I'm lucky and decided it could be fun to learn more about the Mississippi River. Thankfully there are plenty of ways to do that.

How To Learn More

You can Join Scott Carlson, Arborist, to learn about the variety and beauty of small, non-game fishes that abound in some of the smallest bodies of water. You also will get the chance to explore the river this summer through a program. You can try your hand at collecting some of our local hidden treasures.

This event goes great with Explore the River Series. Learn more about 'Unseen Gems-Native FIsh here.

Explore the River Series

Channel Cat Talks happens at different times throughout the year,

Explore the river this summer through a program which teaches participants first-hand about the wildlife, history, culture and geology of the Mississippi River and the Quad Cities through Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks, May 31 through September 1.

If you're interested in just the Channel Cat Talks, they leave from the Riverbend Commons Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Riverine Walks begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m. on Saturdays.  They are located at 2951 E River Dr, Moline. You can learn more here.

Have fun QC!

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