Adventure: Mississippi River 2014

A real-time 90-day adventure rowing education expedition, presented live to a virtual classroom.


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Adventure: Mississippi River (AMR) represents the kickoff to our annual OAR Northwest Education series. AMR will be the flagship expedition, blending real-life adventure with technology to reach students both locally and beyond the Mississippi River watershed. AMR aims to inspire students to experience an adventure in their local environment, understand the potential environmental impacts of their actions, and engage the rich history and diversity of species along the Mississippi River and its immense watershed. The curriculum will be designed around the research-based Adventure Learning approach and delivered direct to classrooms via the latest cloud-based technologies, enhanced with cultural and community connections to this important river. The online environment developed for AMR will support student interactions, and collaboration with AMR community (students, adventurers, scientists and the public).


ROUTE: The expedition team will paddle and row the Mississippi River from its Lake Itasca (MN) headwaters to the terminus at the Gulf of Mexico. Adventure: Mississippi River is a Fall-semester academic program, created in conjunction with the OAR Northwest Education Team.

The Adventure Learning matrix

The Adventure Learning matrix
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  • Visit 30 schools bordering the Mississippi River (3 schools in each of the 10 bordering states)
  • Increase virtual classroom participation from previous Atlantic Ocean expedition by 30%
    • Previous expedition curriculum reached 75 North American Classrooms
    • Live online webinars reached >15,000 students worldwide*
  • Conduct relevant scientific experiments on behalf of partnered research and conservation organizations


  • Project Build: 10/25/2013 – 12/31/2013
  • Project Capacity Building: 1/1/2014 – 6/30/2014
  • Project Kickoff at Headwaters with OARNW teacher teams: TBD
  • Project Launch: 7/1/2014 – 8/30/2014
  • Project ‘Live’: 9/1/2014 – 12/15/2014

COST to the Educator

  • Free, thanks to public donations, sponsorship, and grant funding


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*via in-person presentations, live and recorded online webinars, and through OAR Northwest Education-delivered curriculum