Nearly 1,500 sixth-graders set sail for adventure at St. Louis River Quest

The 24th annual St. Louis River Quest is expected to draw a record 1,495 students from 14 area schools to the waterfront in Duluth, Minnesota Monday-Thursday, May 9-12. During each morning and afternoon session, small groups of students will move through 12 unique stations—six aboard the Vista Star and six inside Pioneer Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center—where students will be introduced to topics ranging from pollution prevention and stopping aquatic invaders to personal water safety and commercial shipping. They will carry River Quest passports to document their adventures. After the event, students are encouraged to submit essays or poems about their experiences for an annual writing contest.

St. Louis River Quest is a community-based, volunteer organization founded in 1993 to provide area sixth-grade students with hands-on learning experiences that enhance their awareness and understanding about the St. Louis River ecosystem and the interrelated commercial, industrial and recreational activities in the Duluth-Superior Harbor, part of the Louis River estuary. From its launch, this outreach education program has continued to evolve. Most recently, station sponsors worked directly with educators to align resource materials with Wisconsin and Minnesota science and social studies standards to make the experience an even more effective teaching tool.

Nearly 22,000 students will have participated in River Quest once this year’s group completes the program.

“We are able to sustain this kind of momentum year after year, thanks to the longstanding support of generous donors in the Twin Ports,” said Adele Yorde, River Quest Program Coordinator and Duluth Seaway Port Authority Public Relations Director. “River Quest is truly a community outreach program sustained by local businesses, nonprofits and individuals who donate their time, talents and financial resources year after year to engage and educate our youth.”

Maritime Editorial