St. Louis River Quest Offers Hands-On Learning

Brandon Weathers
Updated: May 13, 2019 06:23 PM

The 27th annual St. Louis River Quest began Monday and will continue through Thursday. By the end of the week, more than 1,500 sixth grade students from 13 area schools will have participated.

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Doug Jensen is the aquatic invasive species program coordinator for the Minnesota Sea Grant program, and he runs one of the 12 stations students stop at. "We're going to have a program that really features the restoration of the St. Louis River from an environmental standpoint, from a recreational, and also from an economic standpoint, and really celebrating the recovery of the river," Jensen said.

Students cycle through 6 stations in Pioneer Hall at the DECC and 6 aboard the Vista Star as it cruises around the harbor. The stations offer a variety of hands-on activities ranging from things like hydroelectric power and hypothermia.

They also get a lesson on pollution and the delicate balance of the ecosystem. Ashlyn Sutherland, a Northwestern Middle School student, said, "I learned about different evasive species in the waters like zebra mussels, round goby."

Northwestern 6th grade teacher Kraig Anderson thinks the program offers valuable experiences that you can't get in a classroom. He said, "You can see things through a computer or text, but once they really actually see things on their own, it finally start to take some meaning, it kind of puts it all together.”


Brandon Weathers

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