River Semester

“Wonderful how completely everything in wild nature fits into us, as if truly part and parent of us. The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us . . .”    — John Muir, Mountain Thoughts

Start your online application by clicking here.  Deadline for applying is May 1.

  • Spend 4 months traveling the length of the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to New Orleans by canoe, bus, boat, and train
  • Conduct field research on topics such as stream ecology, the Clean Water Act, agriculture in the watershed, political organizing around environmental issues, race relations and social justice, and urban riverfront revitalization
  • Explore the history, literature, food, music, and culture of the Mississippi River from the headwaters to the Delta
  • Gain skills tailored to fit the needs of partner businesses and institutions including graduate schools, nonprofits, and government agencies
  • Attend town hall meetings and meet with environmental organizations along the river
  • Collaborate with other college and university students along the way
  • Hear guest lectures and performances by local experts, musicians, and artists

Program partners include Wilderness Inquiry, the Wild River Academy, Quapaw Outfitters, Louisiana Marine Consortium, the University of Minnesota’s River Life Program, Works Progress, and Imagining America.

Check out the River Semester Prezi.

Blog post on why we need a river semester.