Environmental Education

Environmental Education

Getting Students Outdoors

Environmental Education is crucial to what RiverLink does. We believe that in order for someone to protect their environment, they must first understand it. Our education programs focus on getting students out in the watershed for hands-on experiential learning. We help students foster a love and appreciation for their water resources by allowing them to see, hear and interact with their local waterways. As a result of engaging with our program we hope that students will be inspired to become the next generation of watershed stewards.

Education Program Questions
To learn more about RiverLink’s environmental education initiatives contact our Program Manager at:

education@riverlink.org | (828) 252-8474 x 12

Environmental Education Initiatives

RiverRATS Education Program

RiverRATS Education Program

This program works with schools throughout the French Broad River Watershed to provide free stream ecology lessons. Activities can be structured as outdoor education opportunities or hosted in the classroom based on teacher needs. We focus lessons on the physical, biological, and chemical aspect of stream health. Students will get in the water, interact with scientific equipment, and work with their peers to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of water resources.

French Broad RiverCamp

French Broad RiverCamp

French Broad RiverCamp seeks to educate and empower the next generation of watershed stewards. We provide a week of river and watershed exploration for rising 3rd-8th grade students. Guided by RiverLink staff, campers will engage in hands-on environmental education, river recreation, and service-learning projects. By the end of the week campers will have a new found appreciation and love for their watershed.

Voices of the River Contest

Voices of the River: Art & Poetry Contest

For generations the French Broad River has been inspiring creativity. From the Cherokee Indians, to Wilma Dykeman and the current artists of the River Arts District, the Rivers influence can been seen many places. This contest extends the tradition to the next generation of river stewards. The contest is open to grades preK-12 and provides a unique way for students to connect with the French Broad River Watershed. Enter to show us how creativity flows through our watershed!

Education Events


06aug1:00 pm3:30 pmRiverLink Bus Tours 20201:00 pm - 3:30 pm New Belgium Brewing


03sep1:00 pm3:30 pmRiverLink Bus Tours 20201:00 pm - 3:30 pm New Belgium Brewing


01oct1:00 pm3:30 pmRiverLink Bus Tours 20201:00 pm - 3:30 pm New Belgium Brewing


05nov1:00 pm3:30 pmRiverLink Bus Tours 20201:00 pm - 3:30 pm New Belgium Brewing

Other Awesome Environmental Education Resources

The North Carolina Arboretum – These guys host a ton of incredible programs for schools and families, that help connect children with nature.

Asheville GreenWorks – Their education initiatives are focused on trees and waste, they cover topics like composting, recycling, and urban forestry.

Environmental Educators of NC – Looking to become an outdoor educator? This group provides some amazing resources, training’s, and networking opportunities.