Minnesota Sea Grant

St. Louis River Quest
May 12-15, 2014

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 over 1,400 pre-teens from 12 area schools and additional homeschoolers. Since its inception in 1993, River Quest has provided hands-on learning to over 18,500 students.

Vista Fleet. Photo by Chris J. Benson

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.

2014 River Quest Sponsors:

Financial support provided by:

Platinum ($1,000+)
Duluth Public Schools, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program, Rotary Club of Duluth No. 25, Sappi Fine Paper, US Army Corps of Engineers, Vista Fleet
Gold ($500+)
Gerdau-Duluth Grinding Ball, Graymont (WI) LLC, Holcim (US) Inc., Krech Ojard & Associates, P.A., Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Minnesota Power, Minnesota Sea Grant Program, NewPage, USDA Forest Service - Superior National Forest, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
Silver ($250+)
AMI Consulting Engineers P.A., Genesis Attachments, Hallett Dock Co., Hunt Electric Corporation, Midwest Energy Resources Co., Moline Machinery, TKDA
Bronze ($100+)
A.W. Kuettel & Sons, Allouez Marine Supply, Grandma's Restaurant Co., Great Lakes Aquarium, Marine Tech, South Pier Inn
River Quest. Photo by Chris J. Benson

Learning Stations:

Vista Star

V1. Cold Hand Luke (Hypothermia & Water Safety)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
V2. It floats, you don't. Wear your life jacket!
Duluth Sail & Power Squadron
V3. Bringing Back the Piping Plover (M,T)
St. Louis River Alliance
V3. Fishy Physics (W,Th)
Great Lakes Aquarium & MN DNR MinnAqua
V4. Get Habitattitude!
Minnesota Sea Grant Program
V5. Break the Grip of the Rip
Twin Ports Rip Currents
V6. What is the Es-chew-air-ee?
Lake Superior NERR

DECC Pioneer Hall

D1. What's the difference between Storm & Sanitary Sewers? (M,T)
City of Duluth Utility Operations
D1. Sustainable Forestry (W,Th)
D2. Bacteria: The Real Workers at WLSSD
Western Lake Superior Sanitation District
D3. We Catch All Fugitives (M,T)
Midwest Energy Resources Company
D3. Great Lakes Cargo Capital (W,Th)
Duluth Seaway Port Authority
D4. Industrial Water: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Sappi Fine Paper
D5. Protecting the Environment during an Oil Spill
U.S. Coast Guard & USCG Auxiliary
D6. Stream Table
USDA Forest Service - Superior National Forest

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.

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