RiverRATS Program Provides Free lessons to youth in the watershed

RiverLink Continues to Offer Virtual Environmental Education Lessons

Asheville, NC – March 10, 2021 – Our RiverRATS (River Research and Appreciation Through Science) program is continuing to offer virtual environmental education lessons to schools and community groups within the French Broad River watershed. The program’s main goal is to engage youth with their local waterways through experiential learning and hands-on activities. “Although we have had to cancel in-person lessons to ensure the safety of our staff and students, we are excited to be able to provide virtual education opportunities that teach students about our local waterways and the cool creatures that call them home,” said Justin Young, Education & Outreach Manager.

The virtual lessons can take a variety of formats, from pre-recorded lessons using interactive models, to close up inspections of stream dwellers using digital microscopes. The fun, engaging lessons offer something for kids of all ages, and cover a wide range of topics including watersheds, stream anatomy and stream habitat. “Learning about wetlands, retention ponds and parking lots was very interesting, and I was also really happy to learn about more ways people in the community can help!” said one student.

We plan to ease back into doing in-person lessons in early April after some of our educators are able to get vaccinated. To learn more about the virtual environmental education offerings, and to schedule a lesson, click the link below.