Our 4th Grade Haw River Field Trip – The Learning Celebration!

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Welcome to The 2016 Haw River Learning Celebration

Hope you’ll  join us!




Schoolchildren dancing to "The Roots Go Down" at the Haw River Learning Celebration

Schoolchildren dancing to “The Roots Go Down” at the Haw River Learning Celebration

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The Learning Celebration / Haw River Assembly from Mark Barroso on Vimeo. If you would like more information about volunteering or would like to register your school, email Tracy at WatershedEducationCoordinator@gmail.com or call 919-542-5790.

Teacher Resources

Schedule and Station Descriptions

Teacher’s Checklist

Classroom Activities

Parent’s Letter

Haw River Learning Celebration Online Teacher Evaluation Form

Cynthia CrossenBe A Learning Celebration Volunteer!

We will hold our annual Haw River Learning Celebration Program this fall from September 20th, 2015 to October 9th, 2015.  Approximately 1300 fourth graders will take part in an adventure throughout the forest and along the river banks of the Haw River at each location. 100 or more volunteers will be trail and activity guides, and another 25 help with the logistics of the volunteer crew who will be camping in the woods.   This unique three-week riverside educational program for schoolchildren gets kids outside into nature and inspires them to be the next generation of conservationists. Our volunteer guides use nature as the classroom – and for many children this is their first experience ever, hiking through a forest and along a river. We ask that volunteers give a day or a week of their time. They are provided on-site training, orientation and materials to be prepared for the students. Volunteers learn the skills needed to guide the children in small groups through activities that explore the woods and river,as well as some of its unique history, all through hands-on learning experiences that weave science and art into a fun day of learning.  We bring the infrastructure to create a campsite for the volunteers, and hands-on activities for the students, who come for a day-long field trip. Free time for volunteers is often spent taking kayak trips on the river, hiking in the forest and enjoying shared community time outdoors. This exceptional program has earned much acclaim since its beginnings in 1990 and is thought of by many students and teachers to be the BEST FIELD TRIP EVER.*

2015 LC Volunteer Information

2016-Haw River Learning Celebration Volunteer Guide Book

2016 Learning Celebration Volunteer Medical Information Form

2016 Adult Volunteer Waiver Form

2016 Minor Volunteer Waiver Form

2016 Unaccompanied Minor Volunteer Waiver Form

2016 Haw River Assembly Canoe Waiver

2016 Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. Canoe Waiver for Weds. Sept. 30 “Paddle In Saxapahaw” from 3-5pm NOTE: All minors MUST have a signed waiver with parents or legal guardian’s signature. Sponsors are no longer allowed to sign this form. Thank you!


 Program Description

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The Learning Celebration is a 3 week environmental education program held in 3 counties. Volunteers lead 4th graders through hands-on exploration of the river environment. Learning Stations include nature art, stream ecology, watershed cultural history, animals and all meet NCSCOS Competency Goal for 4th grade; there’s also a puppet show and concert! All activities inspire students to think about how human actions affect the river and its watershed communities. BynumLC_CRC-20120926-133The first Haw River Learning Celebration took place in 1990 and was the recipient of a NC Take Pride in America award. In 1992, Festival founder Louise Kessel won the Women of Environmental Action award for North Carolina. Since 1990, nearly 40,000 students and 2,500 volunteers have participated in the Learning Celebration. The Learning Celebration was awarded a three year grant from EPA in 2008 to continue the program with new innovations, and has also been supported over the years by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Mary Norris Preyer Foundation, EPA, Triangle Community Foundation, R.E.I and donations from our members and supporters.



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