About Us

We are the nonprofit partner of Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

Mississippi Park Connection provides opportunities for people to get to and on the river – and have a national park experience in the Twin Cities. We do this through our youth education, community engagement, and environmental stewardship programs that connect people to the Mississippi River’s only national park.

Mississippi Park Connection has enabled the park to lead these programs throughout the corridor, from wildlife monitoring to shoreline restoration to formal education. The National Park Service provides the leadership to bring together the many organizations in our community dedicated to specific facets of the Mississippi River. By providing support for the park and its partners, Mississippi Park Connection boosts the activities of all of the park’s partners, thereby increasing community engagement in the Mississippi River watershed.


Mississippi Park Connection began as the local fund of the National Park Foundation, under the name Mississippi River Fund. Since our inception in 2003, we have contributed more than $2 million to the National Park Service and its many partners in the community, improving the health of the Mississippi River and our community. In October 2015, we changed our name to Mississippi Park Connection, which better reflects our mission and programs. Mississippi Park Connection continues to play a pivotal role in ensuring the park is preserved, protected and enhanced for the enjoyment and education of all.