Join us for 2014 Explore the River Series


  • Riverine Walk "Mississippi River Barge Fleeting" has been rescheduled for Thursday September 18, 6:30 to 8pm.

Learn from experience. Theirs.

When they're not working at their interesting jobs, they are teaching them. You can take one-of-a-kind classes with distinguished professionals of the Quad Cities on the "Channel Cat Talks" and along the river on "Riverine Walks" through River Action's Summer Explore the River Education Series. Give yourself an education.

CLICK HERE to register online for one or more Channel Cat Talks.

CLICK HERE to register online for one or more Riverine Walks programs.

CLICK HERE to download a listing and description of the upcoming Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks.

Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks are non-refundable. If cancelled do to weather, vouchers will be given and the event will be rescheduled. Call River Action at (563) 322-2969 for more information.

The 2014 Summer Education Series is funded in part by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). REAP: Invest in Iowa, our outdoors, our heritage, our people. REAP is supported by the state of Iowa, providing funding to public and private partners for natural and cultural resource projects, including water quality, wildlife habitat, soil conservation, parks, trails, historic preservation and more.

All Riverine Walk sessions meet at different locations. Be sure to see program details for specific information. Make registration checks payable to River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803. All sessions are RAIN OR SHINE, no refunds. If you have questions or comments, call 563-322-2969 or send an email to

Channel Cat Talks

Sessions are $12 each and take place on the Channel Cat Water Taxi [class size is limited]. Rain or Shine, no refunds. In case of bad weather, we will still meet at the Channel Cat, Celebration Belle Landing, and the captain will decide to call off the session. If a session is called off, a rain date will be scheduled. All Channel Cat Talks are from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.


  • 3, 5 - 30 Years of River Action with Kathy Wine (River Action)
  • 10, 12 - Waterfowl of the Mississippi River with Bob Clevenstine (USFW)
  • 17, 19 - Native Americans and the Mississippi River with Christina Kastell (Putnam Museum)
  • 24, 26 - Tales of a Riverboat Captain with Harry Pelton (Riverboat Captain)


  • 15, 17 - Rafting Logs to QC Mills with Gayle Rein (Historian)
  • 21, 23 - Just for Kids! with Susan McPeters (Black Hawk College)
  • 22, 24 - Historic Bridges of the QC with Curt Roseman (Geographer)
  • 29, 31 - Water Quality Testing with Brent Earley (Iowa American Water)


  • 5, 7 - I-74 Bridge Plans with Doug Rick (Iowa DOT)
  • 12 - River Landscape Mosaic with Norm Moline/Reuben Heine (Augustana College)
  • 19, 21 - Photography - Taking Better Pictures with Brian Tugana (Environmental Portrait and Documentary Photographer)
  • 20, 27 - Arsenal Island History with Mike McKean/Samantha Helig, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Learn about Arsenal Island’s past: The site, its people, and how it has changed over the years.
  • 26 (FULL), 28 - Music of the Mississippi River with Ellis Kell (River Music Experience)

Riverine Walks

Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and/or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Be sure to dress for the weather and for walking! All sessions are outside. Sessions are individual, but offered more than once throughout the summer. The cost is $5 each unless you are a River Action member, in which case the sessions are free. To become a member of River Action, click on the "Membership" link at top of web page and complete the appropriate information.


  • 4, 7 - Birds and Birding with Tim Murphy (QC Audubon)
  • 11, 14 - Where Does all that Sand and Gravel Come From? with Marshal Guth (RiverStone)
  • 18, 21 - Reptiles and Amphibians with Mik Holgersson (Environmental Specialist)
  • 25, 28 - Decoding the Past: Seeking the Home Saukenuk and Black Hawk's Home Sites with Ferrel Anderson (QC Archeological Society)


  • 2, 5 - Bicycle Friendly Bettendorf with Steve Grimes (City of Bettendorf)
  • 9, 12 - Where does it all go? Recycling 101 with Martin Davis (Midland Davis)
  • 16 - Mississippi River Barge Fleeting with Walter Bassow (Mississippi River Fleeting)
  • 30, Aug. 2 - Credit Island: Plans for the Future with Bob Peppers (Friends of Credit Island)


  • 6, 9 - Ghost Stories of the Mississippi with Bobbie Swanson
  • 13, 16 - Gold Coast Historic Walking Tour with Marion McGinnis (Historian)
  • 20, 23 - Wetland Restoration at Green Valley Nature Preserve with Mik Holgersson (Environmental Specialist)
  • 19, 26 - Canceled - Alcoa: Environmental Improvements
  • 27 - State of the River Mississippi River boat tour with Reuben Heine (Augustana College)


  • 16 - Mississippi River Barge Fleeting with Walter Bassow (Mississippi River Fleeting)
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