River Academy

Spring 2014 Registration is Open

The Niagara River shapes our cultural identity, is home for a diversity of plants and animals, provides food and drinking water, and supports our economy. You live near it, but how well do you know the Niagara River and our unique Great Lakes home?

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s River Academy is a hands-on training course that provides an introduction to our Niagara River watershed through a series of Saturday classes. River Academy will feature local experts sharing their passion for Niagara River hydrology, ecology, water quality, contamination issues, land use impacts, restoration project design, urban development planning, mapping, stream assessment and more. Sessions will include field trips and service workshops.

Dates, times and location
Classes are January 25th – May 17th, 2014. Classes will be held from 10am-2:30pm on Saturday at the Riverkeeper office (1250 Niagara St.) and field locations.

Lessons
• The Niagara River Watershed:By Way of Introduction
• Very Important Birds of Winter
• The Niagara  Hydropower Wars
• Love’s Canal
• Environmental Justice and the Rebirth of Buffalo’s Waterfront
• Sewage and You
• Niagara River Watershed Scavenger Hunt
• Stream Assessment: Scajaquada Creek Goes to the Doctor
• Loving the Fishes of Niagara
• Macroinvertebrates Up Close & Personal
• Restoring Native Riparian Buffers
• Clean Up Scajaquada One Butt at a Time
• Native Niagara Seed Collection and Assessment
• Your Turn to Present

Riverkeeper has partnered with Erie County Community (ECC) College to provide this program, so course credits are available to participating students.  ECC course credits are fully transferable to most SUNY schools.

River Academy classes will be held on Saturday mornings at the Riverkeeper office and field locations.

Tuition:
Full, 1-semester program* = $250
Per class tuition = $50
[*A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.]

To register for course credit visit www.ecc.edu and register for PH 122/123, River Academy.

If you do not need course credit fill out this form: River Academy Registration. You will receive a certificate of completion and be recognized at our end of semester picnic!

If you would like to apply for a scholarship: River Academy II Scholarship Application

For questions or more information about  River Academy, contact Robbyn Drake at 852-7483 x12 or rdrake@bnriverkeeper.org

 

Testimonials from past students
I signed up for River Academy because I am interested in entering the Biology field, either through ecology/conservation biology or through  botany. I heard about it through a fellow student who had already taken it, and it wound up being my favorite course that semester. I looked forward to each class, but my favorite was the tour of the  Buffalo Sewage Plant. It was really interesting to see where all the waste goes, and learn that even though we frequently have overflows, that the plant gives off minimal waste, and harvests methane to run the incinerators. The tour guide we had was extremely informative.

- Jo Johnson (Spring 2013)

 

 

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