The Mighty Mississippi River Electronic Field Trip

THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI: ELECTRONIC FIELD TRIP was a collaboration between WYES-TV, New Orleans PBS member station, and the Center for Global Environmental Education at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

WYES is pleased to report that nearly 35,000 students from across the country joined us for the live event held at The Meraux Foundation’s Docville Farm in St. Bernard Parish which is located southeast of New Orleans in Louisiana.Viewers were taken on a 2,000-mile journey from the headwaters at Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the city of New Orleans and the swamps of south Louisiana as the river flows to the Gulf of Mexico.

Students in grades 5th-8th discovered:

  • how the Headwaters were determined
  • the size and scope of the Mississippi River’s watershed
  • how the river helped the nation grow and how it has influenced culture and commerce
  • the projects that help tame the river for navigation and prevent flooding
  • how the river and the sediment it carries built one of the world’s most important deltas and how that delta region along the Louisiana coast is now disappearing

What is an Electronic Field Trip (EFT)?

An Electronic Field Trip is an interactive lesson delivered directly to your students at school through a streamed webcast. The webcast (approximately 40-45 minutes in length) is geared to grades 5-8 and features a live discussion with an expert panel, historians, dramatic video, and fun facts.


EarthEcho International is excited to bring to you exciting videos, engaging lessons and more from our Expedition: PlasticSeas! These events are the launch of our 2018 EarthEcho Expeditions: PlasticSeas. We traveled to Melbourne, Australia and examined plastic pollution in the ocean, in October of 2018. The resulting engaging videos and STEM design challenges made by teachers for teachers are available for free on our website, thanks to our presenting sponsor the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Our Expedition dives deep into reducing plastic litter at its source, explores what happens when plastics make their way into our environment, ocean, animals, and the innovative solutions and ways people of all ages are taking action to battle this global issue.

Are you ready for the launch of EarthEcho Expeditions: PlasticSeas?! Join us on Tuesday, January 15th at 3 pm EST for a free live virtual field trip celebrating the release of our materials and interact with an ocean plastic expert! Sign up your classroom for free today.

Jaclyn Gerakios
Expeditions Manager, EarthEcho International, Inc.
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