Connect Kids to the Outdoors and Boost Academic Achievement

Join the Great River Race

5th Annual Great River Race
Saturday, September 12, 2015
9:00am – 2:00pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park (North Gate), Saint Paul, MN

Wilderness Inquiry, the National Park Service, and many other partners have teamed up to host the Great River Race on the Mississippi River. The big race funds the Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures (UWCA) outdoor education program, addressing the achievement gap in our schools.

Since 2008, the UWCA has served over 75,000 kids, getting them out on our nation’s rivers for outdoor learning experiences that are boosting academic engagement. We can do more if you come on board!

Participating is fun, easy and memorable! No prior paddling experience necessary. We provide Voyageur canoes, paddles, life-vests, a guide to stern each boat, event t-shirts, and lunch.

For more information contact Julie Storck at julie@wildernessinquiry.org or 612-676-9424.

  • Download the sponsorship packet, which includes race details, the pledge form, and a letter of support from Governor Mark Dayton, Mayor Chris Coleman, and Mayor Betsy Hodges.

  • The what and the where of the Great River Race. View the day’s schedule and a map of where you’ll be paddling.

  • There are many volunteer opportunities including general set-up, boat wrangling, paddling, timing, photography, ASL interpreting, lunch set-up, take-down, and more.

  • Get excited for this year’s event. Check out where all 28 teams placed last year and view a photo gallery of the event.

Thank you to our 2015 sponsors!

             Founding Sponsor:                    Opening Ceremony Sponsor:

           UCare

  Premier Sponsor:

Boat Sponsors:

associated-bank-grr-logo        Carleton College

carval-investors-logo-r  greg-dehn-grr-logo Dorsey

neil-dubois-memorial-fund-grr-logo        Exeter          Faegre Baker Daniels

FRWD-black-Vector-v2     GHF_590x300_A-e1392243077449     Initio Advertising

 juut-logo         Mississippi River Fund   Mortenson

nature-valley-grr-logo         megan-ohara-grr-logo

   Orange Tree       Pearsons Salted Nut Roll

peregrine-grr-logo                 peterssen-keller-grr-logo

polaris-grr-logo            Ryan Companies

schmoker    TASC      

In-Kind Sponsors:

  coborns        dunnbros         great-harvest-logo

  Pearsons_SNRlogo        USM-logo1