|Kids River Expo|
Engaging tomorrow's stewards
In 2012, the Coalition organized an inaugural hands-on education event for 200+ 6th graders at McCormick Park, an easily accessible park in downtown Missoula on the Clark Fork River. The Kids River Expo features a fun-filled day spent identifying native fish and wildlife, devising "pollution solutions," examining water bugs, and learning "leave no trace" principles. Students cap off the day with a "Kids Cleanup," picking up trash along the banks of the Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula. The Coalition also provides pre- and post-event classroom visits to teach students introductory watershed science concepts.
Thank you to all of our sponsors and partners for making the Kids River Expo a supreme success!
Washington Middle School students reflect on the Expo:
"If we don't take care of the river, we will have a unhealthy food chain. The health of the river affects all living things."
"It's important to keep the Clark Fork clean, so fish have a cleaner environment. Plus, we like to swim in it, and we don't want toxic drinking water."
"If we don't take care of the Clark Fork we will have a poor quality of life, and we will have a dirty river running through our town."
For teachers: Check out these resource links to enhance your watershed curriculum:
Water Education Foundation website: Check out these fun facts about the water cycle, the Earth's water supply, pollution, and more.
The Environmental Protection Agency website: The EPA showcases a variety of watershed activities for 6-8th graders. Click here to check them out for your classroom.
Groundwater learning: Click here to download a great activity to help students learn more about groundwater