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2019 Draft Itinerary

Aug. 25: all trip participants need be in Minneapolis

Augs. 26-27 Orientation and initial gear and equipment logistics (Minneapolis)

Aug. 28-31: River Semester shuttle with vans from Minneapolis to Lake Itasca for initial training and fieldwork

Sept. 1-2: short paddle on the headwaters (~20 miles in tandem canoes)

Sept. 3 – 6: shuttle to Twin Cities: activities/site visits/classes for River Semester students.  Introduction to the “Mississippi: An Anthropocene River” project organized by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), the Goethe Institute, and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Sept. 7 – 28: paddle from Prescott, Wisconsin to La Crosse (~120 river miles)

Sept. 29 – Oct. 3: transit through Quad Cities, Hannibal, Burlington (by van with camping and site visits along the way)

Oct. 4 – 8 St. Louis area (multiple site visits)

Oct. 9 – 11 paddle middle Mississippi withMike Clark of Big Muddy Adventures  (~50 miles)

Oct. 12 – 14 Carbondale/Paducah Field Station (Deep Time Chicago) (vans)

Oct. 15 – 18 Memphis and “Plantationocene Field Station” and visit with John Ruskie of the Quapaw Canoe Company (vans)

Oct 22 – Nov. 8 paddle Vicksburg, Natchez, Old River Control, and heavily industrialized “Chemical Corridor” from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, LA (NOLA)

Nov. 9-16 New Orleans and Anthropocene Campus at Tulane’s Center for the Gulf South

Nov. 17-22 paddle to the Gulf of Mexico at the Head of Passes

Nov. 23 – Nov. 26 explore Delta and Cajun country (by van)

Nov. 27 – Dec. 1 back to NOLA and Thanksgiving

Dec. 2-3 Shuttle back to Minneapolis (by van)

Dec. 6 Group presentation on the expedition (students are able to leave after this)

Dec. 10-12 Finals (can be turned in online)

Dec. 18 Final papers/projects due (can be submitted online)

(Schedule subject to change depending on weather and other variables)