Field Trip Programs

Due to COVID-19, all in-person educational programming has been suspended until further notice. Please visit education’s Virtual Learning page for educational videos and at home activities.

Go Take A Hike!

Let’s head outside for a 1 hour guided stroll along the banks of the St. Johns River or one of its tributaries. While we are enjoying the outdoors we will talk about The history, ecology, and issues facing our St. Johns River. Hands on activities available.

Designed for 1st-12th grade (program will be adjusted based on age of participants)

Up to 40 participants, minimum 1 hour

RiverX Boat Trips (5th Grade ONLY)

The RiverX program (formerly known as STEAM Cultural Passport Program) offered by Riverkeeper immerses 5th grade students from Duval County in the natural world of the St. John River through an educational, on-the-water experience. Riverkeeper utilizes the river as a resource for furthering student understanding the science of our river dynamics as well as exploring the interconnectedness of our economy, community interaction, and river health.

The RiverX program emphasizes experiential learning to provide students of all learning abilities an opportunity to personally engage and observe the dynamics of the St. Johns River through a hands-on learning experience. Through the RiverX program, students participate in four educational stations that highlight science, the river as a resource and the challenges it faces. Students engage as scientists in the field collecting data, visually understand the interconnectedness our ecosystem, and create a personal connection towards the river. The knowledge they learn on the boat empowers students to protect and to care for the river and its inhabitants as well as generate possible solutions to improve public perception of the health of the river and promote environmental advocacy.

Designed for 5th grade Duval County students
Up to 60 students and 10 teachers/chaperones per trip, 1.5 hours

There is a cost to this program. Funding for the boat trips are possible through St. Johns Riverkeeper’s ‘River Friendly Challenge’ and is on a first-come, first-serve basis as funding is limited. Riverkeeper does NOT providing buses, bus funding, or bus organization.

Come to Us!

St. Johns Riverkeeper’s office is located right on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute (MSRI). Take your students out on the river, discover what it takes to be a marine science college student, utilize a college lab to study microscopic organisms, or learn about research going on in the St. Johns River from one of the world-renowned professors. Let us design a program for your group. Rates and participation number vary based on the chosen program.

Up to 40 students and 10 teachers/chaperones, 2 hours

 

River Cleanups

Do some good in your neighborhood! There is no better way to have an immediate and direct positive impact on our St. Johns River than participating in a river clean up. We guide you through a safe and meaningful river clean up while also discussing current issues affecting the health of the St Johns. Students will work to understand their impact while also being out in their community making a difference. Riverkeeper Educators will provide an educational component prior to the cleanup, safety will be discussed, and materials (provided by Riverkeeper) will be distributed. This is a hands-on learning opportunity that engages our future advocates to learn about the St. Johns River and local issues. Also a great opportunity for teens to earn community service hours, earn scout badges, and an after school program activity.

Designed for 3rd-12th grade (program will be adjusted based on age of participants)

Up to 50 students and 10 teachers/chaperones, 2 hours

Storm Drain Marking

Curbside storm drains are an open pipe that empties directly into nearby waterways. After heavy rains, storm water runs off our streets and parking lots into storm drains picking up leaves, debris, and litter and can clog the pipes causing streets to flood. Along with these items, excess pesticides, fertilizer, pet waste, and other substances which can be harmful to aquatic life. Help St. Johns Riverkeeper raise awareness about storm drains by having your students participate in one of our Service Learning Projects to mark the storm drains near your school and brainstorm ways to inform the neighboring residents about how they can be ‘River Friendly’.

Designed for 3rd-12th grade (program will be adjusted based on age of participants)

Up to 50 students and 10 teachers/chaperones, 2 hours

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