River Semester

Coming Fall 2015.  Applications for River Semester now being accepted!  Click here to start filling out the application form.  Priority application deadline: Dec. 15, 2014 qualifies you for a $750 discount on the program fee.

  • 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, 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 environmental organizations in river towns
  • Meet with other college and university students along the river
  • Hear guest lectures and performances by local experts and artists

Deadline approaching for 10-day trip this Fall 2014 (must register by Aug. 10).

  • canoe trip down the river Aug. 23 – Sept. 1, 2014
  • POL 241:  Environmental and River Politics
  •  Travel in 22 foot Voyageur canoes with Wilderness Inquiry
  •  Camping on the river each night
  •  Meet local activists, politicians, and conservation biologists
  • Water quality sampling and other field study of the river ecosystem