Connecting with Nature Outside the Classroom
We believe that every student should have the experience of connecting to local waterways. A sense of place within nature allows students to view themselves as environmental problem-solvers, river stewards, and critical thinkers. When students leave the classroom the opportunities for learning and growth do not end, this program aims to bring enrichment activities to out of school spaces to help facilitate student advancement.
We partner with afterschool programs, summer school groups, and summer camps to bring in our free, RiverRATS environmental science curriculum. We recognize the excellent work that these groups are already doing to serve low-income families, people of color, and historically underserved communities. We prioritize partnerships with these organizations in an effort to create a watershed for all.
Our hope is to form strong and lasting partnerships, returning to the same groups and forming positive and supportive relationships with students. We shape our out-of-school program curriculum to meet the needs of our partners, through feedback and goal sharing.
If you or your organization is interested in partnering with RiverLink for out-of-school programming please contact email@example.com for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this program cost?
All of our activities are offered completely free of charge! We want to ensure that the opportunity to connect with and learn about nature is accessible to everyone.
How long do programs last?
With most groups we plan 4-8 activities hosted one day per week over the course of 4-8 weeks. The timeframe for each activity will depend on your schedule, but typically activities last 1.5-2 hours.
Where are activities hosted?
We have plenty of activities that can be brought to your facilities and hosted indoors. However, our main goal with this program is to get students outside to explore their local waterways. We understand that transportation can be an issue which is why we have a passenger van that can help transport up to 12 students. Field locations will vary but we will work with you to find the most convenient and accessible spots.
Our work in this space would not be possible without our incredible partners. Their efforts to provide out of school enrichment for their students is what allows us to connect with these kids in the first place. We’re so grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with them and support their incredible initiatives. If a groups mission resonates with you we hope you’ll consider supporting them.
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