High School Programs
Field Trips, Community Service, and Cleanups
We have a variety of ways High School students can get out there and help our river. Cleanups at riverside parks near you, park adoption programs, legacy projects for graduating classes, and rainwater barrel projects are some of the different things we can offer. Please visit our Field Trip page for more program opportunities, or fill out a Program Request Form for more info and to get started!
Do you have students that want a regular monthly opportunity to clean up the St. Johns River? Join us for our monthly cleanup on McCoys Creek in our River’s Lower Basin led by Rising Tides, our Young Professionals Group. Visit our Events page for more information. Waiver forms required for anyone under the age of 18.
Test the water quality of the St. Johns River or one of its tributaries. Work in small groups to run the tests such as temperature, salinity, pH, turbidity, Nitrite/Nitrates and Ammonia, and analyze the data to get an understanding of the waters overall health. Discuss how human activity impacts our waterways and how we can avoid the repercussions. *This program can be performed once or as a year-long river study. We provide all materials for teachers to conduct studies independently. Max 25 students per program
Rock Porosity Experiment
NOTE: Due to resource and availability constraints, we are not able to support this program at this time. However, this project can be found at Rock Porosity Experiment by AirWaterGas Network.
Rocks can hold oil, natural gas, and water due to physical properties called porosity and permeability. Students will investigate the porosity of limestone, sandstone, and basalt to calculate the percent porosity of water, oil, and natural gas that can potentially be stored in these rock formations. In addition to the experiment, the lab includes an individual water usage calculation, an introduction to aquifers and natural gas, environmental impacts and repercussions of ground resource extraction, and a discussion on alternative sources of water and oil/gas.
Visit our Resource pages to watch ‘Troubled Waters’ to learn about our impact in the Floridan Aquifer through nutrient pollution, population growth, and over pumping
NOTE: Due to resource and availability constraints, we are not able to support this program at this time. However, we will be happy to provide the lesson plan for it.
Nutrient pollution is one of the biggest issues the St. Johns River faces. The influx of nutrients from fertilizer and animal waste can cause HABs resulting in fish kills and SAV reduction. This lab simulates the effect of nitrogen and phosphorus on freshwater algae using a common plant fertilizer. Students will measure turbidity and dissolved oxygen multiple times in order to generate graphs from their classes data to show the change of time across the four treatment groups.
Visit our Resource pages to watch documentaries on the algae blooms in our St. Johns River
Please contact us if you would like the lesson plan for this project.
St. Johns RIVERKEEPER is a privately-funded, independent and trusted voice for the St. Johns River and the public to whom it belongs. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and rely on the support of our members, donors, and volunteers to accomplish our mission. Please consider making a donation to support our educational programming.
Suggested donation, $5 per person