Join us for 2015 Explore the River Series

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.

{ Become a River Action member and enroll FREE for Riverine Walk sessions. CLICK HERE to become a River Action member. }

CLICK HERE to download a listing and description of the upcoming Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks along with a mail-in registration form.

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 2015 Summer Education Series is funded in part by the Illinois Humanities Council, Humanities Iowa and River Action.

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 $13.50 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, 2501 River Dr., Moline, 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.


  • June 2, 4 - Stories from Hell Gate of the Mississippi: The Effie Afton Trial and Abraham Lincoln's Role In It with Author Larry Riney
  • June 9, 11 - The Founding of Davenport with Storyteller Robbie Swanson
  • June 16, 18 - How do Locks and Dams Work? with Civil and Environmental Engineer Anthony Heddlesten
  • June 23, 25 - Photography: Down a River of Time with Environmental Photographer Brian Tugana
  • June 30, July 2 - History of Rowing on Sylvan Slough, 1850-2015 with Dale Howard of Two Rivers YMCA
  • July 7, 9 - The Great River Road with Mississippi Parkway Commission Member Scott Tunnicliff
  • July 14, 16 - Rafting Logs to QC Mills with Historian Gayle Rein
  • July 21, 23 - The Lost and the Almost Lot of the Mississippi River with Naturalist Bob Bryant
  • July 28, 30 - River Livelihoods: Fishing the Mississippi River with TBN presenter
  • August 4, 6 - Historic Bridge of the Quad Cities with Dr. Curt Roseman, retired Augustana College professor
  • August 11, 13 - River Landscape Mosaic with Augustana College professors Dr. Reuben Heine and Dr. Norm Moline
  • August 18, 20 - What does the Coast Guard do? with Jared Landheer of U.S. Coast Guard
  • August 25, 27 - Music of the Mississippi River with Ellis Kell of River Music Experience

Riverine Walks

Sessions are $6 and are held 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. For River Action members, 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.


  • June 3, 6 - Stormwater 101 with Tim Chamber of River Action and Brian Steinman of City of Davenport
  • June 10, 13 - A Walk on the Wild Site with Naturalist Chuck Wester
  • June 17, 20 - Reptiles and Amphibians with Environmental Specialist Mik Holgersson
  • June 24, 27- Mississippi River Barge Fleeting with Walt Bassow of Mississippi Barge Fleeting
  • July 1 - All About Cycling with Jo Grecko of Cycletheraphy Bicycles
  • July 8, 11 - Decoding the Past: Seeking Saukenuk and Black Hawk's Home Sites with Ferrel Anderson of QC Archeological Society
  • July 15, 18 - Plant Biodiversity at Collinson Preserve with Dr. Bohan Dziadyk of Augustana College
  • July 22, 25 - First Bridge with River Action Executive Director Kathy Wine and Dr. Curt Roseman, retired Augustana College professor
  • July 29, August 1 - Riverside Cemetery Architecture and Design with Historian Kathleen Seusy
  • August 5, 8 - Quad Cities Fish Hatchery and Mississippi River Monitoring Programs with Jeremiah Hass of Exelon Nuclear Generating Station
  • August 12, 15 - Exploring Civil War History, Confederate Cemetery and Prison, and Construction of the Old Stone Shops with Historian George Eaton
  • August 19, 22 - Gold Coast Historic Walking Tour with Historian Marion Meginnis
  • August 26, 28 - Deep Maps – Historic Geography of the Upper Mississippi River with Dr. Rueben Heine of Augustana College