2014 Adventure: Mississippi River
By now OAR Northwest team had completely transition to accomplishing scientific and education adventures. Examining what it would take to do this well came the realization that trips were needed that could be repeated in the same place year after year to create an adventure that maximized its educational and scientific impact. Building on the idea that some of the best adventures were close to home the team turned its sights on the Mississippi River. Starting at the headwaters in Lake Itasca and finishing in the Gulf of Mexico over 85 days later. They saw a mighty river start as a pristine stream grow into a mighty river with much power and much asked of it. The crew collected the longest water sample transect of any river yet taken and visited over 2200 students along the way. As the river grew so did their appreciation of what a powerful learning tool this could be if it could indeed be repeated.