Rivers as Bridges

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 Scholars (ENCSS).

Rivers as Bridges is a program that examines the sister-river relationship of the Mississippi River in America and the Yangtze River in China. The Yangtze and Mississippi have rich histories and are vital channels of commerce in each nation. The program takes students through the states of Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois, and these Chinese students and their teachers meet with American peers for a mutually beneficial learning experience.

Read more about the Chinese students' visit to the U.S. or watch the video below.