Augsburg Students to Spend 100 Days on the Mississippi River Paddling, Camping and Learning

August 23, 2018 06:20 PM

More than a dozen Augsburg University students are off on the adventure of a semester.

For the next 100 days, 15 students will be studying while paddling down the Mississippi River, camping along the way.


Minneapolis nonprofit Wilderness Inquiry has two guides leading the way. Two Augsburg professors are going as well.

Students take a full 16 credits -- environmental politics is required, the remaining classes are done remotely with faculty back on campus.

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"We do this because we think this is the best way to learn both about the Mississippi River, but just the best way to learn in general about what's going on out in the world," said Joe Underhill, the River Semester program director who will be teaching along the way.

The group may paddle up to seven hours a day in their four boats, stopping at river towns along the way.

"I really want to learn in a way that is out in the world engaging with everything around me," said student Liam DelMain.

"I'm a little bit nervous, anxious, but I think it's all good anxiety. I'm nervous because it's outside of my comfort zone, but I'm excited to see what it's going to be like," said student Kristy Ornelas.

The group should reach Memphis around Dec. 1.

For more information on the River Semester, click here. To see an itinerary of the group's travels, click here.


Jessica Miles

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