The Minnesota Freshwater Quest, developed by Wilderness Inquiry and Captain Planet Foundation’s Project Hero, is a two-part series that takes students on a learning journey to explore species that depend on healthy watersheds in Minnesota. Explorers will learn about the pressures on their waterways and leave the course with the tools to design and implement a project that makes a difference in their community. Check out the Quest now for a preview of the course!
Each session takes place from 9:00 – 10:30 AM CST.
Course will be led by Wilderness Inquiry Outdoor Leaders.
This course is best suited for students at a grade 5–8 learning level.
A device with a working internet connection will be necessary for students to join the video conference. Students will receive a kit including:
- Science experiments
- Art supplies
- Pencil pouch
- Snacks (may include granola bars that contain traces of tree nuts)
- Activity booklet
Additional Learning Opportunity
Watch an informational educator webinar to learn more about this platform and how you can use it as a learning tool for your classroom or student! Click here to watch.
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Day 1: Ask Q-uestions and U-ncover Answers
Ask important questions like: What can we discover about this freshwater ecosystem when observing it from the water’s edge? Why are Minnesota’s freshwaters such a huge part of our history and cultural identity? What can we learn from the past that will help us respect and care for our freshwaters today?
Day 2: E-xplore deeper, S-olve, and T-each others!
Enter your zip code into the Quest, and choose a local freshwater animal species you want to help. Next, deep dive to explore its life, its relationship with its ecosystem, and the issues that are affecting its ability to survive and thrive. How can you inspire others to help restore the health of freshwater ecosystems near their homes or in their community?
Dates & Fees
2024 MN Freshwater Quest Dates
What to Expect
MATERIALS NEEDED: Internet service and a device that connects to the internet are needed in order to participate. Headphones are recommended if participants will be in a location with background noise.
WHAT IS PROVIDED: Exploration Kits will be provided to all participants and will include materials needed to participate in activities. Kits are mailed directly to you.
REGISTRATION: When you register with the link above, you are signing up for the 2-day course. After we receive your initial registration, you will be sent an additional form to complete your participation.
COST: Thanks to financial support from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, the MN Freshwater Quest is free for all Minnesota youth.
GROUP SIZE: The MN Freshwater Quest can support up to 90 zoom logins at one time.
DAILY SCHEDULE: Each day will begin with a large group introduction, team-building game, and check-in. The majority of our time will be spent in smaller virtual “rooms” investigating the local waterways with interactive activities led by Wilderness Inquiry Outdoor Leaders. We will finish our day with a large group discussion and farewell.Read more »