Youth Education

RiversEdge West is committed to providing educational opportunities for the next generation of stewards and believes that it is a critical component to the success of a healthy watershed. In the absence of such education, invasive plant, wildfire, and river health issues persist.
RiversEdge West offers both an interactive classroom program and experiential learning in the field, when possible, for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders as well as lectures and field visits for college students.
Each presentation is individually designed to meet grade-specific district standards, covering topics such as:
  • healthy habitat and flows
  • biodiversity
  • 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.
To schedule a visit to your classroom, school, or group, email REW's Education and Outreach Coordinator, Cara Kukuraitis, at  
REW's River Education Program is funded in part by the Xcel Energy Foundation, Chevron, and Alpine Bank.
Interested in becoming a River Education Program sponsor? View sponsor benefits here.

RiversEdge West's

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



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