Dedicated to preserving the heritage of our rivers.

Welcome to the River Discovery Center!

Featured Exhibit

River Bottoms: This exhibit includes  mussel and dredgeboat displays with 2-minute videos,  in addition to videos about non-source pollution and water quality.

 Mussels: Our rivers host approximately 50 species of mussels or freshwater clams.... Learn more

News & Events

Book signing! Paducah Wall to Wall celebrates 20 years of Dafford Murals on this river town's floodwall. To commemorate two decades of art and history in downtown Paducah, artist Bill Ford has created a series of coloring books illustrating each panel. Three volumes of books are being... Learn more

Educational Programs

Adopt-a-Towboat is a year-long educational program which matches up a real towboat and its crew with a classroom in the region. The local towboat companies commit one of their vessels as an off-site,  teaching  "classroom" as the students learn about the industry and its impact... Learn more
Summer Camp (Wednesdays on the Waterfront)  is a day-long camp for youngsters K-2nd.  Emphasis is placed on all things related to the riparian environment. The fun begins at the riverfront with the campers getting connected to the rivers. They will engage in a question/answer session as... Learn more
Teacher FAQ’sWhat are the tour choices?You may come for a self-guided tour, a guided tour or an all-day visit with educational programming, available for K-12. Reservation is required. A self-guided tour will require at least 1.5 hours for an average classroom. This type of visit... Learn more
Rivers of Opportunity Career Day is an all-day career fair that invites area high school students to come to the center for an event focusing on river-related careers. Representatives from the towing industry, KY Fish and Wildlife, US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Coast Guard and other marine-... Learn more