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

This is the 25th Anniversary of the Learning Celebration

Hope you’ll  join us!

BYNUM: Saturday, September 20-Friday, Sept.26
School Programs offered Tuesday, September 23 through Friday,Sept. 26

SAXAPAHAW: Saturday, September 27-Friday Oct.3
School Programs offered Tuesday, September 30 through Friday, October 3

CAMP GUILROCK: Sunday, October 5 – Friday Oct. 10
School Programs offered Tuesday, October 7 through Friday, October 10


Teachers, please email Tracy@hawriver.org or call 919-542-5790 to register your 4th grade classes or to get more information.

Teacher Resources

If you have already registered or are interested in registering your 4th grade classes for the Learning Celebration, please click on the four links below.  All the information you need to know including, schedules, what to expect, and learning station descriptions are below.  If you would like to register your classes, contact us at 919-542-5790 or Tracy@hawriver.org.  Space is very limited, so call today!

Schedule and Station Descriptions
Teacher Checklist

You can pay your $25 field deposit or the entire field trip fee here.

BynumBeachTraining-20070330-05-coVolunteer Resources

Learning Celebration volunteers have the unique opportunity to work with children in the day, then camp overnight at the field trip sites. You can also come as a day volunteer. Either way, training and meals are provided. Come and camp by the river and enjoy delicious meals!

Click here for REGISTRATION FORM  to volunteer at the 2014 Learning Celebration!

Some Helpful Information:

“Nature is the Classroom” – the mission and description of Learning Celebration  (revised for 2013)

“Learning Celebration 101″ – the essentials you need to know as a volunteer!  (revised for 2013)

Program Description

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 at least one 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.

The 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.

Check out the   slideshow for pictures from past Learning Celebrations.


Please consider a donation to the Learning Celebration. Enter the amount at Paypal.

Or can you mail a check payable to HRA with memo line Learning Celebration to PO Box 187 Bynum, NC 27228.  Please contact us at info@hawriver.org or 919-542-5790 if you would like to make an in-kind donation. Thank you!