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Rivers for Change: Source to Sea Learning Adventure

In the face of current and future effects of climate change, providing enough clean water to support healthy communities will continue to be one of the most pressing challenges of our time. Working with science teachers across multiple school districts along the Truckee River, the non-profit organization Rivers for Change implemented a dynamic format for teaching kids about the importance of their backyard river, combining challenging adventure with environmental learning, planting the seeds for a future generation of river stewards and advocates.

Using a combination of stand-up paddle boards, whitewater kayaks and rafts, pack rafts, and outrigger canoes, a team of ten student ambassadors between ten to 14 years in age and representing seven different school districts completed an exploration of the Truckee river from its source above Lake Tahoe, CA to its terminus in …