University of Illinois Extension

River Resources


How to Build a Stream Table


Agencies/Organizations Education sites

Wild Illinois History
Visit this site full of history, games, and educational resources by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

United States Geological Survey
Visit their rivers education site.

Rivers of Life
This website provides projects, adventures, and resources to help K-12 teachers and students learn about and from their watershed.

The Army Corps of Engineers Education Center
This site is for students, teachers, librarians and other educators to access many educational resources.

Mississippi River Web

Raising Your Water IQ!

Invasive Species- Asian Carp
Asian Carp Information from Indiana-Illinois Sea Grant

Asian Carp Video

Profiles of the World’s Great Rivers Center for Global Environmental Education – Hamline University

Ask A Geologist
Do you have a question about volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, rocks, maps, ground water, lakes or rivers? Here’s the place you can send your question to a geologist with the United States Geological Survey.

Look at Kids’ for Saving Earth, Earth Saving Kids Planet

Surf Your Watershed

Mississippi River Home Page

Book References

Exploring Ecosystems: Rivers and Streams by Patricia A. Fink Martin. Published by Franklin Watts, 1999. Contains projects and investigations designed for middle and junior high students to help them understand how important rivers and streams are to life on Earth

A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History by Lynne Cherry. Published by Harcourt Brace & Company, March 1992. An account of "the Nashua River, which runs through New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The book traces the environmental history of the river into the present, documenting the river's destruction by industrial pollution and its eventual reclamation."


Big River Magazine (Upper Mississippi River)

Stream Notes (U.S. Forest Service)