Formerly known as Pittsburgh Voyager, RiverQuest engages students and people of all ages in hands-on science learning experiences that develop critical thinking skills and promote awareness of our river ecosystems. RiverQuest is a non-profit educational organization that operates a river learning center for students, teachers and the community of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The organization was founded in 1991 by a group of parents who wanted use Pittsburgh’s rivers as an experiential classroom to get children excited about science, mathematics and learning. The agency began working with students in 1995, engaging in hands-on learning while exploring Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers. The rivers themselves are at the center of RiverQuest’s education program. A custom-constructed state-of-the art green educational vessel, Explorer, arrived in Pittsburgh in late 2008 and began full service in 2009.