Mississippi River Adventure Day offers kids a free day of adventure on the river

Kids enjoy a short dip in the river to cool off during a past Friends of Pool 9 MRAD event on the Mississippi River. Submitted photo.

There are still openings for kids to have a day of adventure and learning from professionals at the Mississippi River Adventure Day (MRAD) sponsored by Friends of Pool 9. The  event is planned for July 14 and all costs for the day are paid by Friends of Pool 9.
Kids (ages 5-13) and parents will meet at the Lansing baseball diamond at 8 a.m. for check-in and instructions. They will then board the Mississippi Explorer boat or the USFWS boat and be transported to the beach area north of Lansing.
Planned activities (based on age level) include a birding boat ride, pollywogging for clams, seining for fish, getting close to river fur bearers, free swim time, canoeing, and a GPS search for buried treasures (these last two are planned for the 9-13 age group only).
Professionals from area agencies will be leading the activities. Lunch is provided for all children and parents at the beach. Life jackets are required and provided by Friends of Pool 9. The boats will return to the Libbey Mississippi Explorer dock at around 2:45 p.m.
The deadline for registration is July 1. Forms can be found at the Friends website  friendsofpool9.org. Click on the News/Events section and a drop-down box with MRAD appears. Click and complete the application online.