Mississippi River Learning Center | GATEWAY

The Mississippi River Learning Center is a city-led project combining a mixed-use, river-focused space and a National Park Service headquarters at the Crosby Farm Regional Park, serving as a national gateway to the Mississippi River with year-round river learning and outdoor recreation experiences on and along Saint Paul’s river.

Project Design

The City of Saint Paul and Great River Passage Conservancy, in partnership with Mississippi Park Connection, the National Park Service, Your Boat Club, and Wilderness Inquiry worked with W Architecture & Landscape Architecture to complete schematic design for the Mississippi River Learning Center. Schematic design includes site analysis, exploring design concepts, providing a general overview of the basic features and programming, and getting a general idea of the look and feel of the project. Following months of community engagement, we are excited to present the final schematic design:

The next step will consist of a six-month transition period to address partner roles and responsibilities, finance strategy, programming planning and a bonding initiative. Stay connected with us to receive updates as the project continues to move forward.

Project Timeline

March – October 2022
Community Engagement:

• April 2022 Presentation & Recording
• June 2022 Presentation & Recording
• August 2022 Presentation & Recording
• October 2022 Final Schematic Design Presentation


October 2022 –  April 2023
Transition Period to Address:

• Partner roles and responsibilities
• Finance strategy
• Programming planning
• Bonding initiative


April 2023 – Beyond

• Fundraising
• Advanced design
• Construction
• Opening and operations


Capitol Region Watershed District
Sandy Fuller
Mississippi Park Connection
Shepard Family Fund
John Shepard
Wilderness Inquiry