The Haw River Learning Celebration

Join us for the 2019 Learning Celebration

2019 Dates:
Bynum  – Sept 21-27
Saxapahaw – Sept 28-Oct 4
Camp Guilrock – Oct 6-11


This unique three-week riverside educational program gets kids outside into nature and inspires them to be the next generation of conservationists. Our volunteer guides use nature as the classroom – for many children, this is their first experience hiking through a forest and along a river. We provide on-site training and orientation. Volunteers guide small groups  of 4th graders through activities that explore the woods and river through hands-on experiences. Haw River Assembly brings the infrastructure to create a campsite for volunteers and activities for the students who come for day-long field trips. Free time for volunteers can be 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 beginning in 1990 and is thought of by many students and teachers to be the BEST FIELD TRIP EVER.*

Volunteer registration will be available soon! Email if you’d like to be involved!


School Registration for the 2019 Haw River Learning Celebration is now open!

Click here to register your fourth grade class today. 


About the Learning Celebration

The Learning Celebration is a 3 week  long environmental education program held in 3 counties. We’ll spend a week each at sites along the river. September 21-27 in Bynum at the Lower Haw River State Natural Area, September 28- October 4 in Saxapahaw, and October 6-11 at Camp Guilrock in Reidsville. Volunteers lead 4th graders through hands-on exploration of the river environment. Learning Stations include nature art, stream ecology, watershed cultural history, and animals. All meet NCSCOS Competency Goals 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 earned 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, more than 44,000 students and 2,700 volunteers have participated in the Learning Celebration. The Learning Celebration  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 especially by donations from our members and supporters.


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Resources for Volunteers

2018 Volunteer Registration Form

Haw River Learning Celebration Volunteer Manual – “The Handy Dandy Guide”


Resources for Teachers

The Haw River Learning Celebration school registration is now open.  Please fill out this registration form HERE if your school is interested in attending. If you have any questions please contact event coordinator

Schedule and Station Descriptions

Teacher’s Checklist

Classroom Activities

Parent’s Letter