Jeff Opperman, senior freshwater scientist, is taking a once-in-a–lifetime trip down the Mekong River in Southeast Asia with his wife and two children, ages 8 and 10. They're going to charter boats and visit villages along the way – an epic family adventure. Return here for updates and follow Jeff on Twitter.
Jeff Opperman's wife recounts the experience on the river known as the mother water, and the wonderful food that comes from it.
Read Jeff's latest update for the New York Times Green Blog: "We were in tiger country."
A bedtime story comes to life for the Oppermans, as they catch a glimpse of the few remaining freshwater dolphins in the Mekong.
Tag along as the Opperman's spend an afternoon fishing, and learn about the famous Mekong giant catfish.
Read Jeff's latest article for the New York Times Green blog: "People say there is a dragon in the river."
Jeff and family encounter domesticated elephants and water buffalo while staying at the Kingfisher Lodge in Xe Pian.
See the Mekong by air, floating bungalows and some amazing flying insects on this next part of our journey.
Idyllic valley or overrun party town? The family makes a brief stop in Vang Vieng.
Travel down the Mekong from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang through these awesome photos!
Read Jeff's New York Times Green blog. "For nearly the entire length of our trip, the river was producing food."
The next stage of the journey brings together Buddhist temples, bikes and a lesson in catfish.
Follow the Opperman family from Ohio to Bangkok, where their journey begins in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Will the trip be over before it even begins? Read what happens when Winter Storm Draco provides a White Christmas.
Jeff's first post for the New York Times Green blog. "Picture a river that has catfish the size of bears."
This winter break, one Nature Conservancy scientist will travel with his family to the Mother of All Waters.
Test your knowledge about the mighty Mekong River and the people and wildlife it supports.