St. Louis River Quest
May 9-12, 2016
Each May, boatloads of Duluth-Superior area sixth-graders travel through educational stations aboard the Vista Star and in South Pioneer Hall at the DECC. Carrying "passports" to document their adventures, they learn about the St. Louis River ecosystem and related commercial, industrial and recreational activities. During the 2.5-hour "excursions," students are introduced to topics ranging from pollution prevention and stopping aquatic invaders, to boating safety and commercial shipping.
This year, the St. Louis River Quest will draw 1,500 pre-teens from 14 area schools. Since its inception in 1993, River Quest has provided hands-on learning to over 19,900 students.
After the event, the sixth-graders are encouraged to write about their experiences in an essay or a poem and enter their work in a writing contest. The Capt. Ray Skelton Awards, named after one of the founders of River Quest, are presented to the winners for the essay and poetry entries.
2016 River Quest Sponsors:
Financial support provided by:
- Platinum ($1,000+)
- Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Enbridge, Donald Weesner Foundation, Gerdau-Duluth Grinding Ball, Hallett Dock Co., ISD 709 Duluth Public Schools, Minnesota Sea Grant Program, Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program, Sappi, US Army Corps of Engineers, Vista Fleet
- Gold ($500+)
- City of Duluth Stormwater, Compass Minerals, CRH US, Graymont (WI) LLC, Ikonics, Krech Ojard & Associates, Inc., Kwik Trip, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Minnesota Power, USDA Forest Service – Superior National Forest, Verso Corporation, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
- Silver ($250+)
- Altec HiLine, LLC, AMI Consulting Engineers P.A., Calumet Superior, LLC, Hunt Electric, Marine Tech, TKDA, Steve & Adele Yorde
- Bronze ($100+)
- A.W. Kuettel & Sons, Allouez Marine Supply, Anonymous, Grandma's Restaurant Co., Great Lakes Aquarium, LHB, Midwest Energy Resources Co., David Moeller & Bryce Nixon, Kathy Peterson, Brian & Melissa Resch, Aaron & Shelby Salmela, Paul Sneide, South Pier Inn, David & Jane Worley
2016 Learning Stations:
- V1. Cold Hand Luke (Hypothermia & Water Safety)
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- V2. What is the Es-chew-air-ee?
- Lake Superior NERR
- V3. Bringing Back the Piping Plover (M,T)
- St. Louis River Alliance
- V3. Fishy Physics (W,Th)
- Great Lakes Aquarium & MN DNR MinnAqua
- V4. It floats, you don't. Wear your life jacket!
- Duluth Sail & Power Squadron
- V5. Get Habitattitude!
- Minnesota Sea Grant Program
- V6. Observation Station (Top Deck)
- River Quest Volunteers
DECC Pioneer Hall
- D1. Bacteria: The Real Workers at WLSSD
- Western Lake Superior Sanitation District
- D2. What's the difference between Storm & Sanitary Sewers? (M,T)
- City of Duluth Utility
- D2. Stream Table (W,Th)
- USDA Forest Service - Superior National Forest
- D3. Hydroelectric Power (M,T)
- Minnesota Power
- D3. Great Lakes Cargo Capital (W,Th)
- Duluth Seaway Port Authority
- D4. Industrial Water: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (M, T)
- D4. Sustainable Forestry (W,Th)
- Verso Co.
- D5. Oil in the Environment
- U.S. Coast Guard & USCG Auxiliary
- D6. Break the Grip of the Rip
- Twin Ports Rip Currents
River Quest Video
Students board the Vista Star to learn about the Duluth-Superior estuary and the people who work there. Enjoy a glimpse of history, the St. Louis River, & River Quest.
Credits: Narrated by Ellie and Michael; Music by Michael; Edited by Chris J. Benson; Produced by Minnesota Sea Grant. Photographs: Photographer-Chris J. Benson; Historic Duluth Photos-St. Louis County Historical Society; Learning Station Photos- Special Thanks to all that donated; Vista Star with Slip Bridge-www.vistafleet.com (edited); DECC Map-www.decc.org (edited). Narration Writers: Writers-Kathy Peterson, Sarah Lerohl; Editors: Sharon Moen, Pattie Kolar, Susan van Druten.