Educational Component of Rafting Trip

One of our specialties is educational trips for secondary schools and colleges. Not only do we have decades of experience guiding youth and school groups, we also have the educational background to help enhance your trip. Our educational coordinator, Cliff Langley, is a naturalist and outdoor educator. Cliff has a Masters of Education in Natural Science and Environmental Education.


  • Through an emphasis on experiential, environmental and adventure education we use the local environment as the classroom. Students also learn physical skills while paddling the river.
  • Work with you to incorporate your learning targets and meet Minnesota education standards in science, social studies, and physical education.
  • Provide you with relevant background information: we can come to your school before the trip to help present on these topics or provide you relevant resources.
  • Provide a team building experience for students and staff. Working together to navigate down a wilderness river builds character and creates unity

Examples of Minnesota Education Standards Addressed:

Standard: Science
Concepts: Living Systems and Human Interactions
Goals: Gain an understanding of flow of energy in a coniferous forest and river ecosystem. Discuss defining characteristics of a coniferous biome. Understand concept of what a watershed is. Discuss human interactions with in environment and monitoring water quality.

Standard: Science
Concept: Science and Engineering
Goal: Native American contributions to science and technology, such as medicinal plants and use of non-timber resources.

Standard: Earth Science
Concept: Earth Structure Processes
Goal: Evidence of plate tectonics in Thomson Formation bed rock of the St. Louis River. Discuss processes in formation of the Thomson bedrock exposed along the river. Discuss evidence of glacial activity from the last Ice Age.

Standard: Physical Education
Concept: Physical Activity and Ability to Demonstrate Understanding of Movement
Goal: Participate, learn, and demonstrate paddling techniques. Focus on team work.

Standard: Social Studies
Concept: Cultural History
Goal: Discuss Anishinaabe culture in the St. Louis River watershed, the fur trade, logging, and stakeholders today.

Standard: Social Studies
Concept: Human Interaction Environment
Goal: Discuss the interconnectedness of the environment and human activities, including technology, and human impacts (e.g. hydroelectric power on the St. Louis River, pollution, and remediation efforts).

Visit our education trips page for more information and resources or email Cliff.

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