Mobile Learning Workshops 2014

MIRiver

 

The Mighty Mississippi: Connecting the Midwest with the World

Learn from people living and working on the river the importance of this great waterway to transportation and the economy of the entire upper Midwest. Discuss the future of the river and hear about plans to rebuild the infrastructure necessary to keep commerce flowing. Look for bald eagles and other wildlife while learning about the National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Get an inside peek at the operations of the engineering feat that is Lock and Dam #11, as well as a glimpse of river history, lock and dam operations, river hazards, and more.

Cost: $30

Length: 90 minutes

Minimum capacity: 25

Maximum capacity: 35

Notes: Boat has bench seating, covered roof, and open sides.

Requirements: Must be US Citizen. Closed-toe shoes are required. Cameras and purses/bags are not allowed inside the lock, but may be kept on the motor coach.

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Local Food Systems as a Catalyst for Community Development

Learn the many facets of how a local food system can be a community builder by promoting economic development, improving food access for more people, enhancing workforce development, and providing cultural opportunities including agritourism. In Wisconsin, visit Hook’s Cheese Company and Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen food processing facility in Mineral Point, and the Driftless Market—a grocery, restaurant, art gallery, and gathering space—in Platteville. See how residents benefit from eating fresh produce and reconnecting with nature by working in the garden at the Dubuque Rescue Mission.

Cost: $10

Length: 4 hours, 50 minutes

Maximum capacity: 35

Notes: Travel by motor coach

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Driftless Area Community Development

See public-private partnerships and resident-led community development in action in the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. Learn about the region’s geological history during a scenic trek along the Great River Road, which plays an important role in community and economic development. In Wisconsin, sample food and refreshments at the Potosi Brewery, home of the National Brewery Museum, and learn about the volunteer-operated café and community-led riverfront development in Cassville. Take the Cassville Ferry to Guttenberg, Iowa, to see how the Mississippi River is being leveraged as an economic development resource.

Cost: $20

Length: 4.5 hours

Maximum capacity: 50

Notes: Travel by motor coach

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Ghosts of Dubuque’s Past in a Renaissance City

Explore buildings, places, and stories about the history of people, culture, natural resources, industry and transportation that established Dubuque as a thriving economic hub on the Upper Mississippi River. Learn about the driving forces in the emergence of this city on the river from the early 1800s and its economic transformations to the present day. See the evidence of opportunity and risk through economic revolutions in the city over time and learn how historic structures relate to a value-added modern infrastructure connected to a sustainability ethic. 

Cost: $10

Length: 2 hours

Maximum capacity: 25

Notes: Travel by city trolley, some walking—comfortable shoes and attire recommended

Bee Branch Creek Restoration Project

This ongoing public-private creek restoration project was designed to protect 1,000+ residential properties from storm-water flood damage. The project includes a greenway with recreational space and amenities (including multiuse trails, an amphitheater, rain gardens and wetlands) that connects the Bee Branch and Washington neighborhoods with the riverfront, and restores many residences and older structures in the neighborhood. Tour the storm management project area and the surrounding neighborhood and learn from city and neighborhood representatives about the community engagement process.

Cost: $10

Length: 2 hours

Maximum capacity: 25

Notes: Travel by city trolley, some walking—comfortable shoes and attire recommended

Galena: History, Tourism, and the Local Economy

View Hopewell Native American ceremonial and burial mounds at Gramercy Park Effigy Mounds in East Dubuque, IL. Park volunteers will discuss the importance of the mounds to the ancient inhabitants of this area. Next, take a guided tour of Galena, IL, including historic sites such as Carnegie Library, Grant’s Home, and several historic mansions, as well as the bustling business district. Learn how local leadership, businesses, and engaged citizens worked together to embrace the past but move the community forward, resulting in its transformation from a mining town in decline to a vibrant tourist destination. The tour concludes with shopping in historic Downtown Galena.

Cost: $20

Length: 4.5 hours

Maximum capacity: 25

Notes: Travel by motor coach, some walking—comfortable shoes and attire recommended

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