River Quest Resources

Resources for teachers and students alike to make the most of the River Quest field experience. RQ serves the Northern Minnesota region. To inquire about eligibility/availability, please contact the RQ Coordinator at stlouisriverquest@gmail.com.

Teachers and Presenters

For schools enrolled in this year’s River Quest program, please use these resources to prepare for the trip.


To prepare for your visit to River Quest, or for more information about the Ray Skelton Writing Contest, check out our resources below. 

Ray Skelton Illustration

Annual Captain Ray Skelton

Ray Skelton was one of the founders of the St. Louis River Quest in the Port of Duluth-Superior. Ray began his career as a sailor in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service in 1961 serving in the Pacific Fleet. In 1964, Ray became a merchant mariner on the Great Lakes and rose through the ranks from seaman to captain. He earned his first-class pilot’s license in 1972 and his master’s license in 1976. Throughout his life, Ray was dedicated to the Great Lakes and the maritime industry, ending his career at the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.