St. Louis River Quest
May 13-16, 2019
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 commercial shipping and boating and beach safety.
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 more than 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 was launched in 2018 to enable friends and family to sample some of the lessons and see how much fun the kids are having. Students, teachers, chaperones and volunteers are also encouraged to post comments about their experiences to Twitter @stlouisrivquest.
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, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vista Fleet, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
- Gold ($500+)
- Altec Industries, Inc., City of Duluth Utility Operations, CRH US, Fraser Shipyards, Genesis Attachments, Graymont (WI) LLC, Hallett Dock Company, Krech Ojard & Associates, Inc., Kwik Trip, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Lakehead Constructors, Marine Tech LLC, Minnesota Power, PolyMet Mining, TKDA, USDA Forest Service-Superior National Forest, Verso Corporation, Adele and Steve Yorde
- Silver ($250+)
- AMI Consulting Engineers P.A., A.W. Kuettel & Sons, Great Lakes Aquarium, Hunt Electric, Husky Energy Superior Refining, Key Lakes/Great Lakes Fleet, Marine General, Midwest Energy Resources Co., Bryce Nixon & David Moeller, Northland Constructors
- Bronze ($100+)
- Barr Engineering Co., Cassandra & Kevin Beardsley, Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Deb DeLuca & Eric Dott, Grandma's Restaurant Co., Amy Herstad-Einbu & Jim Einbu, Iron Mining Association of Minnesota, Jamar Company, Kathy & Doug Jensen, Erin & Damian Makela, Kathy Peterson, Melissa & Brian Resch, South Pier Inn, Lisa Sturm, Amy & Mark Wolcott, Jane & David Worley
- Jayson & Jennifer Hron, Kathy & Jim Sharrow, Sarah Lerohl & Steven Switzer
2019 Learning Stations:
- 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 (M/T)
- Get Habitattitude!
- Minnesota Sea Grant Program
- Fishy Physics
- Great Lakes Aquarium (M/T)
- Bringing Back the Piping Plover
- St. Louis River Alliance (W/Th)
- Observation Station
- St. Louis River Quest
DECC Pioneer Hall
- Break the Grip of the Rip!
- Twin Ports Rip Currents
- What's the difference between Storm & Sanitary Sewers?
- City of Duluth - Utility Operations (M/T)
- Maritime Oil Spill Response
- U.S. Coast Guard & USCG Auxiliary (W/Th)
- Industrial Water Use: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
- sappi (M/T)
- Sustainable Forestry
- Verso Corporation (W/Th)
- Water Power (Hydroelectric)
- Minnesota Power/Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center (M/T)
- Great Lakes Cargo Capital
- Duluth Seaway Port Authority (W/Th)
- The Disappearing Beach
- MN DNR Scientific and Natural Areas Program (M/T)
- Stream Table
- USDA Forest Service/Superior National Forest (W/Th)
- Bacteria: The Real Workers at WLSSD
- Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
|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.