There is a NEED to connect youth to the natural world due to CONCERN that present/future generations often do not have opportunity/access to direct experiences in nature and thus don't understand interconnections , management considerations, and opportunities for them to contribute and make a difference. The River Explorers program provides the OPPORTUNITY for youth to make connections to their local rivers and communities.
The River Explorers Program, coordinated by the International Water Institute, provides equipment and training to allow more river outings by River Watch teams and community participants. The program is designed to connect youth and community to local waterways; document and share riverine conditions with resource managers; promote inquiry, learning, and further involvement in local watersheds; encourage physical activity; instill a sense of place for local residents and promote tourism through river excursion activities.
- International Water Institute
- University of Minnesota Crookston
- Riverwatch Teams
- Scouting and Pre-planning: includes securing the equipment, providing the proper training for the students and obtain release forms, and identify the preliminary route of the trip.
- Logistical Considerations: Define the river routes, trip restrictions, and items of interest to the group; create maps and fill in preliminary data on the river in Explorer Journal.
- Paddle the river area, documenting conditions with geo-tagged pictures from cameras. Enjoy the rivers.
- On return, share the stories and pictures and videos, and record all river conditions and experiences made by the group.
Clean Water Legacy FundLast updated 1-13-2015