Mississippi Park Connection

A nonprofit organization

$41,838 raised

100% complete

$40,000 Goal

Embrace the abundance of this season, and support the goal of serving the Mississippi River to the Max! Your generosity increases the capacity for youth education, environmental stewardship, and community connections on the river. Whether you’re coming to the Mississippi River for the first time or walk in the park daily, you can benefit from the visitor services and recreation, education, and park programs supported by committed donors. 

About Mississippi Park Connection:

Mississippi Park Connection is dedicated to preserving the Mississippi River's resources and providing enriching visitor experiences in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Our philanthropic partnership with the National Park Service ignites discovery and lifelong relationships between people and the Mississippi River.


A River For All

The Mississippi River offers a variety of recreation opportunities, serves as an outdoor classroom for students, and is unlocking vital insights for climate sustainability in the floodplain forest. 

We work in community and in partnership to promote generosity across the region. With support from stewards like you, visitors connect with the Mississippi River through adventures, volunteering, the arts, and co-created affinity programming. The impact of individual supporters provided some big wins and accomplishments this year: 

  • Mississippi Park Connection and the National Park Service celebrated 25 years of Big River Journey - the premier field trip that connects students with the river through science and real-world observations. More than 8,000 elementary school students experienced their national park in the 2022-2023 school year. 

  • Mississippi Park Connection and National Park Service volunteers have collected three years of data in partnership with the University of Minnesota to reveal which trees will thrive in future climate conditions along the Mississippi River and planted 18,000+ trees since the launch of the Plant for the Future campaign. 

  • In 2023, more than 2,000 people engaged with the river through BIPOC in the Outdoors.

  • Events at Crosby Farm Regional Park brought together 700+ attendees at Park After Dark, history cruises, and the Wander and Wonder Walks.

  • The River Learning Center received $8 million in state bonding for the next development phase and is the City of Saint Paul’s number one 2024 bonding priority thanks to advocacy from Mississippi Park Connection members. 

We invite you to reflect on your connection with the river and consider how you might share in Mississippi Park Connection’s core values of Community-FocusInspirationResiliencePartnership, and Joy on the river.


  1. Donate to fund park programs! 

  2. Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $15,000 thanks to a generous donor! 

  3. The first 20 donors to make an annual $50 recurring gift will have their donation matched dollar-for-dollar!

  4. Share the Mississippi River to the Max campaign on Facebook or use the "Fundraise" tab to help reach the campaign goal. Every post helps!

  5. Get inspired! Take a walk by the river or visit an area of the national park you haven't seen before.

Thank you for considering a donation to Mississippi Park Connection! Your gift is making a tangible difference for one of the world’s greatest natural treasures.

Mississippi Park Connection offers special benefits to thank donors for the essential role they play in the Mississippi River. Gifts over $35 automatically allow you to take advantage of membership perks. Reach out to us at zthaoseng@parkconnection.org to learn about membership benefits. 

Mississippi Park Connection is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Donations are tax-deductible. Our EIN is: 87-0786530.
Mississippi Park Connection will not share/sell your email information.

You may also make a direct donation to parkconnection.org/donate 

If you have any questions, please contact:
Ze Thao Sengsoulichanh, Development and Communications Manager

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Mississippi Park Connection

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BIPOC Serving

BIPOC Serving


111 Kellogg Blvd E Suite 105
Saint Paul, MN 55101



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