Environmental Education

Spring Rivers has recently teamed with our local school district to write grant applications to fund environmental education programs for elementary and junior high school students and teachers. We also helped spearhead an environmental education component with our local Resource Conservation District (The Fall River RCD), and have volunteered our time to make presentations for local school career days.

  • Spring Rivers and Kari Rose, a teacher from the Burney-Fall River Joint Unified School District, wrote and received a $10,000 grant for a program entitled "Our Watershed-A Living Classroom." This program involved:
    • Teacher workshops in which fourth grade teachers from the district spent part of a day in the field with Spring Rivers founders discussing what we do and how to create a half-day field trip for their students that would constructively engage them in scientific learning about watersheds
    • Field trips with students from 3 fourth grade classes, in which students spent time at three different stations working with Spring Rivers personnel and science teachers learning about aquatic biology, stream shape and function, and water quality
    • In-class lessons and follow-up using data gathered during the field day
    • Design and painting of a wall mural at the school depicting the Pit River watershed
    • Construction of a working model of the Sacramento River watershed
  • Spring Rivers has also helped organize, along with the Fall River RCD, a "Natural Resource Conservation Institute," a residential student retreat that will involve 5th and 6th-grade students in a weekend program involving both classroom and field learning. This program is to take place in the spring of 2002.

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