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On the Water Activities

Save The River's In the Schools Program has recently developed an On the Water component to the program to enrich the classroom curriculum being delivered in local school districts.

Through the On the Water component, students are given a chance to experience the St. Lawrence River up close, taking a boat ride on the River to view key elements to this resources ecology and also participating in hands on activities.

In providing this direct connection to the River, Save The River will instill the unique qualities and threats to this important resource, growing a deeper appreciation for the St. Lawrence River for participating students.

Save The River provides On the Water experiences for participating teachers who have implemented in the classroom curriculum. If you are interested in creating your own St. Lawrence River curriculum we'd love to hear from you. We also hope you check out our Curriculum Resources that can help get you started.


Teacher Training on Governor’s Island

Boat rideSave The River has teamed up with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to give local teachers some exciting hands-on experience learning about the St. Lawrence River. In late June, sixteen teachers joined Dr. John Farrell and fisheries biology graduate students at the Thousand Islands Biological Station on Governor’s Island for a day of River ecology activities. The teachers are participants in Save The River’s In the Schools Program, and they learned how to identify phytoplankton, check a trap net, check water clarity, and many other fun hands on activities. The teachers then spent time developing curriculum units and field activities to use in their own classrooms. To date more than ten school districts, and 30 teachers have been trained and are participating in the program.

For more details about the August teacher training see our calendar.

Keywords: St. Lawrence River  ecology  In the Schools Program 

Related Curriculum Resources

Below are the curriculum units related to this case study. We have provided these units for teachers to take and use in the classroom.

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Posted: August 16, 2011


Boat Ride for First Graders

Boat ride for first gradersOver the past year, Save the River has been working with North Country teachers to bring the St. Lawrence River into classrooms… but in schools where many of the students have never been on the River, there is a lot of interest in doing just the opposite – bringing the classes to the River. Last week, more than forty first graders boarded a boat at the Minna Anthony Nature Center on Wellesley Island for a first hand look at the St. Lawrence. The boat ride complimented a Save The River curriculum project designed by LaFargeville teacher, Patrick Sullivan. Once on board the boat, students spent an hour and a half getting to know the River – identifying Osprey nests, searching in wetlands for beaver dams, and learning to differentiate between living and non-living things, which is one of the New York State learning standards for first grade students.

Although this trip was a first for the ‘In the Schools Program’, it sets the stage for more such trips in the future. Save The River recently received funding from the Fresh Sound Foundation to provide an ‘on the water’ experience to schools participating in the program. Currently, more than ten school districts are participating in the program at various grade levels, and it is Save The River’s goal to eventually reach all of the school districts that border the River. For more information…. Special thanks for support of this project goes to the Fresh Sound Foundation, the Minna Anthony Nature Center and the LaFargeville Central School District.

Keywords: Minna Anthony Nature Center  Patrick Sullivan  In the Schools Program 

Related Curriculum Resources

Below are the curriculum units related to this case study. We have provided these units for teachers to take and use in the classroom.

Living and Non-living things in the St. Lawrence River Habitat

Students will learn to identify living and non-living organisms from the St. Lawrence River and create habitats for these organisms. Students will also learn about Save The River and how they preserve and protect organisms and their habitats on the River.

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Posted: January 22, 2011



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