The Quapaw Canoe Co. has been conducting an after school club for KIPP Delta students for the past couple years, but this month they've taken the partnership even further. Currently two of KIPP Delta Collegiate High's students are taking part in a 10-day expedition on the Mississippi River with John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe and Mike Clark of Big Muddy Adventures. The crew is completing the first ever-documented circumnavigation of Big Island, a piece of land carved out by the Mississippi, Arkansas, and White rivers. KIPP Delta students Oscar Donaby, Class of 2013, and Tristan Honeycutt, Class of 2014, are flexing their muscles as well as their minds, collecting data for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and participating in the annual bird count for the National Audubon Society. “Our camp No.5 is situated at the edge of the White River, four miles above the Confluence with the Mississippi River,” reported Clark in his online blog. Despite some bad weather and weathering away the “beasts” of the river such as spiders and others natural habitants, the KIPP explorers have found refuge on the river and in their expedition leaders. Besides having Oscar and Tristan onboard, Sara Guilliam's environmental science class also participated in a research opportunity by meeting with the crew on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Arkansas Post National Memorial. To learn more, check out the explorers' journal entries, pictures and creature counts at http://www.2muddy.com/schoolhouse/.