Registration open for Riverkeeper Waterway Exploration Training set for July 29 at R.B. Winter State Park
The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association will hold a new Waterway Exploration Training (WET) educational experience from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at the R.B. Winter State Park in western Union County.
The program, designed for young people ages 8-12 and their families, will include a three-station rotation focused on introducing them to freshwater organisms, streams and watersheds, including how pollution can impact our ecosystem and how they can make positive changes at home.
"We strive to find new ways to connect young people to our outdoor resources, and this program allows us to get their feet 'wet' in the concepts of freshwater ecosystems and the importance of curbing our negative impacts on those ecosystems," said Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper John Zaktansky. "It is so exciting to partner with the R.B. Winter State Park staff to offer a program that will hopefully inspire the next generation of watershed stewards."
Participants, and their families, will rotate through three stations, including a guided hike along one of the park's creeks, a hands-on stream exploration session by R.B. Winter outdoor educator Alexis Weber and a presentation by Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association intern Danielle Tryon focused on how watersheds work, how pollution can move through a watershed and what can be done at home to make a lasting difference.
Parents are encouraged to participate with their children, and all participants should be prepared for hiking, getting wet during stream exploration and being out in the elements (sunscreen, bottled water, etc.)
The program is free, but spots are limited, so families are encouraged to register quickly using the form below. If you have any questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-768-6300.
The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association protects and promotes our river-based resources across the 11,000-square-mile middle Susquehanna watershed, that includes all land that ultimately drains into the North and West branches of the Susquehanna River. For more information about the association, including regular blog post and podcast updates about the greater watershed, visit www.MiddleSusquehannaRiverkeeper.org
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.