Connecticut RiverFest offers program support through
interdisciplinary, K-12 curriculum including hands-on river,
environmental and community, restoration, and protection
RiverDays offer schools a day-long event
with educational and artistic explorations at the water's edge,
hands-on restoration/protection efforts, a river honoring, and
stewardship education for participating riparian
River Residencies in schools foster
stewardship through educational explorations and artistic
expression. Knowledge gained about watersheds and rivers is
reinforced through creativity in theater, music, art and
storytelling, encouraging connection and leading to increased
awareness of important river issues.
Additional programs available
- Sharing river projects at the Big Splash river
- Offering high school students and teachers involvement in
the Vermont Envirothon, part of a national program to
increase hands-on nature/science/ community learning.
- Making available to educators collections of resource
materials including activities teaching river ecology and
watershed concepts, with interdisciplinary K-12 curricula
that include age-appropriate activities.
- Offering background information and curricula about the
Connecticut River watershed ecosystems. The area includes the
Connecticut River and its tributaries, riparian zones,
wetlands, and surrounding lands in the drainage basin.
- Working with teachers to weave interdisciplinary river
curriculum into classroom plans, addressing educational
standards through river studies, offering watershed teacher
training workshops for different grade levels.
- Facilitating River Studies in classrooms, including
watershed background, hands-on activities engaging students
with river environments through project-based learning.
- Networking with teachers, program leaders, and
environmental educators who implement river study programs in
the Connecticut Valley and beyond. Students communicate with
other classes, and teachers with other schools, using
internet access through Connecticut River Education
- Encouraging community participation in sharing knowledge
and helping with field trips.
- Initiating a student-created newsletter to share ideas,
with distribution available to parents and interested
- Inviting parents and community to artistic presentations
- Creating a district-wide Student Congress at which
classes can present their projects and share findings with
each other and with the community. This could be a final
assessment for students and for the project. Presentations
may include an art show, musical, dance and theatrical
performances as well as mathematical and scientific analyses,
poetry and prose readings, and historical documentation.