The nonprofit RiverQuest, which offers river-based education programs, needs to find a partner or face closure.
Jim Roddey, president of RiverQuest, today issued a press release saying the board "hopes to identify a merge partner or else make the difficult decision to close."
The press release said RiverQuest plans to make a decision by the end of June.
RiverQuest, which is docked at the Carnegie Science Center, began in 1991 as Pittsburgh Voyagers Inc .In 1995, it began offering school programs on two retrofitted World War II era yard patrol boats. In 2009, it began using a custom-built hybrid drive boat named Explorer.
More than 100,000 students have participated in RiverQuest science programs. They came from a 30-county region of western and central Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia.