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Centennial fifth-graders take a journey to the falls

Centennial Elementary fifth-graders aboard the Minneapolis Queen riverboat Oct. 12, 2018 - In mid-October, all Centennial Elementary fifth-graders had the opportunity to participate in the Journey to the Falls (JTF) field trip. The trip, which is coordinated by the National Park Service’s Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, is an integration of river and classroom experiences featuring history and literacy activities. JTF connects students with Saint Anthony Falls and the Mississippi River in the Minneapolis area. “We got to see three bald eagles in the trees,” Centennial student Autumn H. exclaimed.

The students explored the area through history, science, engineering and literacy activities, including hands-on learning stations, journaling and sketching. The program culminated with an excursion aboard the Minneapolis Queen riverboat. The boat ride began and ended at Bohemian Flats Park, one mile downstream from St. Anthony Falls on the river’s west side. “This was my first time on a boat ever. I got to see the water moving,” said fifth-grader Kevin O.

A grant from the Mississippi Park Connection, the National Park Foundation, and generous donors, allowed Centennial fifth-graders to attend the trip free-of-charge.