RiversEdge West offers interactive classroom lessons and experiential learning in the field for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders as well as guest lectures and field visits for college students.
Long-term success of riparian restoration is dependent on community awareness about these river systems and the associated challenges they face. As such, a key component of REW’s work is educating youth and adults about the importance of riparian lands and how to protect them. In the absence of such education, invasive plant, wildfire, and river health issues persist.
Riparian and Invasive Plant-focused Content
Each presentation is individually designed to meet grade-specific district standards, covering topics such as:
- healthy habitat and flows
- predator/prey relationships
- riparian/riverside areas
- invasive plants
- the tamarisk beetle
- the life cycle of the tamarisk beetle
- the important role that the students themselves play in the future of healthy rivers
Students that take field trips during the spring and summer months also have the option to conduct tamarisk beetle monitoring as part of their field experience.
Presentations can be scheduled anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours in length. A 1.5-hour time slot is recommended for a full introduction to riparian habitats.