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Minnesota Sea Grant

St. Louis River Quest
May 14-17, 2018

Each May, boatloads of Duluth-Superior area sixth-graders travel through a dozen hands-on educational stations aboard the Vista Star and in South Pioneer Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. 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, St. Louis River Quest will draw another 1,500 pre-teens from 14 area schools. Since its inception in 1993, River Quest has provided hands-on learning to nearly 25,000 students.

Students carry River Quest passports to document their adventures. After the event, they are encouraged to submit essays or poems about their experiences for the program’s annual writing contest. A new St. Louis River Quest Facebook page has been launched for 2018 to enable friends and family to sample some of the lessons and see how much fun the kids are having. And, for the first time, students, teachers, chaperones and volunteers will be encouraged to post comments about their experiences to Twitter @stlouisrivquest. 

Crowd of students in front of Vista Cruiser

2018 River Quest Sponsors:

Financial support provided by:

Diamond ($2,500+)
Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Hallett Dock Company
Platinum ($1,000+)
Enbridge, Donald Weesner Foundation, ISD 709 Duluth Public Schools, Minnesota Sea Grant Program, Rotary Club of Duluth-Club 25, sappi, US Army Corps of Engineers, Vista Fleet, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
Gold ($500+)
ALERUS, Altec Industries, Inc., City of Duluth Utility Operations, CRH US, Fraser Shipyards, Gerdau-Duluth Grinding Ball, Graymont (WI) LLC, Hunt Electric, Krech Ojard & Associates, Inc., Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Marine Tech LLC, Minnesota Power, Northland Foundation, USDA Forest Service-Superior National Forest, Verso Corporation, Adele & Steve Yorde
Silver ($250+)
AMI Consulting Engineers P.A., Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Genesis Attachments Husky Energy Superior Refining, Great Lakes Fleet/Key Lakes, Midwest Energy Resources Co., Pam & Paul Sneide, TKDA
Bronze ($100+)
A.W. Kuettel & Sons, Barr Engineering Co., Grandma's Restaurant Co., Halvor Lines, Inc., Amy Herstad & Jim Einbu, Jamar Company, Kathy & Doug Jensen, Erin & Damian Makela, Bryce Nixon & David Moeller, Melissa & Brian Resch, Yvonne Solon (in memory of Sam Solon), South Pier Inn, Lisa Sturm, Amy & Mark Wolcott, Jane & David Worley
Iron Mining Association of Minnesota
Four kids with their hands in coolers

2018 Learning Stations:

Vista Star

Cold Hand Luke (Hypothermia & Water Safety)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Pollution & the River Watershed
US Environmental Protection Agency
What is the Es-chew-air-ee?
Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve
Get Habitattitude!
Minnesota Sea Grant Program
It floats, you don't. Wear your life jacket!
Duluth Sail & Power Squadron
Observation Station
St. Louis River Quest

DECC Pioneer Hall

Bacteria: The Real Workers at WLSSD
Western Lake Superior Sanitation District
What's the difference between Storm & Sanitary Sewers?
City of Duluth - Utility Operations (M/T)
Stream Table
USDA Forest Service - Superior Nat'l Forest (W/Th)
Water Power (Hydroelectric)
Minnesota Power/Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center (M/T)
Great Lakes Cargo Capital
Duluth Seaway Port Authority (W/Th)
Industrial Water: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
sappi (M/T)
Sustainable Forestry
Verso Corporation (W/Th)
Maritime Oil Spill Response
US Coast Guard & USCG Auxiliary (M/T)
Fishy Physics
Great Lakes Aquarium (W/Th)
Break the Grip of the Rip!
Twin Ports Rip Current Workgroup

River Quest Audio Listen to more audio from MN Sea Grant

Title Description Main Topic Aired Speaker(s)
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


River Quest Video View more MN Sea Grant videos on YouTube

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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