1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 24

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“Floodplain: A Clear View of Life in the Big Muddy” by conservation photographer and educator Alex Wiles will bring images and stories of Missouri River floodplain creatures to the Betty Strong Encounter Center at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 24. Admission will be free. Kids will draw for fishing rods throughout the program. A cookie reception will follow.

“The audience will learn about the mighty river by getting a close look at the diverse wildlife that lives in its ever-changing environment,” says Wiles.

The 45-minute program complements the more than 35 images of Missouri River species photographed by Wiles now on exhibition at the Encounter Center. The unique photographs of various fish, turtles, frogs, snakes, insects, the Canada Goose and other creatures stir curiosity and eagerness for learning about the complexity of life in one of Earth’s greatest natural resources.

Wiles created the exhibit to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Enacted by Congress in 1968, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act aims to protect certain rivers in the United States with ecological, cultural, and recreational value. The National System currently protects over 12,734 miles of river, including 98 miles of protection for the Missouri River.

Wiles’ interest in conservation initiatives takes him around the world where he documents the challenges faced by wildlife and the work of those who wish to protect it. Learn more about his work at: awilesphoto.com; facebook.com/awilesphoto; instagram.com/awilesphoto; twitter.com/awilesphoto