Sixty high school students from China visited the University of Iowa Tuesday, July 23, as part of a Midwest tour to learn about the culture, conservation, and commerce surrounding the Mississippi River. Rivers as Bridges is a sister-river exchange program with the goal of connecting the youth of the Mississippi and Yangtze River areas and promoting environmental conservation practices and cultural interaction.
The Mississippi River, which holds such an important place in North America’s geography, ecology, and culture, is also helping build bridges between the United States and China. Last summer, the Lucille A. Carver Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station (LACMRERS) welcomed some of China’s finest high school students, who came to learn about the Mississippi River. The students spent 18 days visiting three states as part of “Rivers as Bridges,” an international exchange program sponsored by Environment and Public Health Network for Chinese Students and Scholar