Education Program

From classroom presentations and field trips with elementary students to hosting practitioner workshops and an annual conference, RiversEdge West has long had a foundation of providing training and education opportunities related to riparian restoration among youth, community members, and riparian restoration practitioners, alike. 
1) Practitioner Education:
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  • Annual Riparian Restoration Conference brings together 200 land managers, private landowners, scientists, students, and consultants from over 15 different states and multiple countries to share novel science and lessons learned.
  • Professional Workshops develop skills and provide training to riparian restoration professionals.
  • Tamarisk Beetle Program provides information and resources to practitioners about the spread and impacts of the tamarisk beetle.
  • Funding Board lists funding opportunities that may support your restoration projects.
  • Resource Center houses a host of riparian restoration-related resources.
  • Events Calendar houses river-related conferences, workshops, and training opportunities from across the West.
2) Youth and Community Education:
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  • Youth River Program inspires over 1,000 young people across Mesa County, Colorado each year to care for riparian habitat through classroom visits and field trips. 
  • Annual Raft the River Float Trip brings over 50 community members each year on the river to learn about river restoration from the perspective of a professionally guided raft.  Enjoy short presentations from local water experts, dinner, drinks, and live music. 
  • Riverside Stories capture the human spirit of riparian restoration through videos and written narratives. 
  • Events Calendar houses river-related volunteer events, river festivals from across the West.
  • Tamarisk Beetle Program provides information and resources to the general public about the spread and impacts of the tamarisk beetle.
Through these training and educational opportunities, we are increasing and encouraging community members to become riparian stewards and fostering a sense of ownership and pride in riparian lands. 
Looking to learn more about invasive plants and why restoration is so important for healthy river systems, communities, and local economies?  Visit our "Why Restore?" and "What is Tamarisk?" pages.

RiversEdge West's

mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.