New program offers immersive river adventure for young people as a way to inspire aquatic appreciation
Youths from the Selinsgrove REC check out various insects, including hellgrammites, with instruction from Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association board member Doug Fessler during a new Riverwalk experience called OTTERS (Observational Tours To Explore River Systems) designed to experience the interconnectedness of our aquatic ecosystem.
Nearly 50 young people from the Selinsgrove REC enjoyed a morning exploration trip along the Susquehanna River below Sunbury as part of a new program offered by the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association.
OTTERS (Observational Tours To Explore River Systems) is designed for middle and/or high school students as an immersive experience to see the river in a new way, searching for various species of all kinds and how they are interconnected with each other in the greater aquatic ecosystem.
"This is basically a guided riverside adventure where we equip kids with various tools to see the river on a whole new hands-on level," said Riverkeeper John Zaktansky. "We break them up into smaller teams and give each team an exploration bag with various tools and equipment and then encourage them to get wet and muddy and creatively explore the various elements of the river."
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.