The Show Us Your Mussels Challenge

New! For the 2019-2020 school year the Challenge will now include BOTH middle and high school levels.

Minnesota students create original digital media campaigns informing the public about the impact of water quality on native mussels. The school groups that get the message out to the most people will receive FREE field trips to the Minnesota Zoo including bussing, admission, parking and interactive sessions with our Mussel Conservation staff. For more information see the Frequently Asked Questions below or  email us at [email protected].

To register for the Show Us Your Mussels Challenge, simply complete this form.

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Free Professional Development

Show Us Your Mussels Teacher Training Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Are you interested in learning more about native freshwater mussels and water quality? Would you like to learn more about the Minnesota Zoo and DNR’s conservation work? Join us for a FREE Professional Development including behind the scenes peaks and tours of the Minnesota Zoo’s native freshwater mussel program. In addition to receiving CEUs and being reimbursed for mileage, participants will leave with more knowledge of these critically threatened species and resources to implement the Show Us Your Mussel Challenge for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the “Show Us Your Mussels” Challenge?
Why should we participate in the challenge?
How is this project aligned to my curriculum?
Is there any curriculum developed to support the Challenge?
Is there any professional development to support the Challenge?
What other support do you provide for teachers doing the Challenge?
Can members of your mussel conservation team come visit me at my school?
What types of projects can be created?
What are some best practices that students may choose to promote through their campaigns?
How will the winners be selected?
When is the challenge?
What do the winning groups receive?
When will the winners be announced?
When will field trips occur for the winning schools?
What are the important dates to remember?