St. Louis River Quest
May 15-18, 2017
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 1,530 pre-teens from 14 area schools. Since its inception in 1993, River Quest has provided hands-on learning to over 23,000 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.
2017 River Quest Sponsors:
Financial support provided by:
- Platinum ($1,000+)
- Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Enbridge, Donald Weesner Foundation, 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, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
- Gold ($500+)
- City of Duluth - Utility Operations, CRH US, Gerdau-Duluth Grinding Ball, Graymont (WI) LLC, Hunt Electric, Ikonics, Krech Ojard & Associates, Inc., Kwik Trip, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Marine Tech, Minnesota Power, USDA Forest Service - Superior National Forest, Verso Corporation
- Silver ($250+)
- Altec Industries, Inc., AMI Consulting Engineers P.A., Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Calumet Superior, LLC, Great Lakes Fleet/Key Lakes, Midwest Energy Resources Co., Rotary Club of Superior, TKDA, Steve & Adele Yorde
- Bronze ($100+)
- A.W. Kuettel & Sons, Allouez Marine Supply, Jim & Susan Banks (in honor of Jerry Fryberger), Grandma's Restaurant Co., Nathan & Jennifer Hartman, Amy Herstad & Jim Einbu, Iron Mining Association of Minnesota, Doug & Kathy Jensen, Erin & Damian Makela (in honor of Jim Banks), Robert & Mary Maki, David Moeller & Bryce Nixon, Kathy Peterson, Brian & Melissa Resch, Aaron & Shelby Salmela, Jim & Kathy Sharrow (in memory of Capt. Ray Skelton), Paul & Pam Sneide, Yvonne Prettner Solon (in honor of Adele Yorde), Amy & Mark Wolcott, David & Jane Worley
- Anonymous, Deb DeLuca & Eric Dott, Barbara & David Sheedy, Dr. Richard Stewart
2017 Learning Stations:
- V1. Cold Hand Luke (Hypothermia & Water Safety)
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- V2. Pollution & the River Watershed
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- V3. Fishy Physics (M,T)
- Great Lakes Aquarium
- V3. Bringing Back the Piping Plover (W,Th)
- St. Louis River Alliance
- 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 Operations
- D2. Stream Table (W,Th)
- USDA Forest Service - Superior National Forest
- D3. Water Power (Hydroelectric) (M,T)
- MN Power/Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center
- D3. Great Lakes Cargo Capital (W,Th)
- Duluth Seaway Port Authority
- D4. Industrial Water: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (M,Tues)
- D4. Sustainable Forestry (W,Th)
- Verso Corporation
- D5. Maritime Oil Spill Response
- US Coast Guard &
- D6. Break the Grip of the Rip!
- Twin Ports Rip Currents
This event was funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under Award NA14NOS4190055 provided to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program.
|River Quest's 25th Season (6:46)||Host Jesse Schomberg talks with Adele Yorde, public relations director at the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, about the history of the St. Louis River Quest for area sixth-graders.||River Quest||2017.03.28
|Host: Jesse Schomberg, MN Sea Grant; Guest: Adele Yorde, public relations director, Duluth Seaway Port Authority|
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.