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


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Welcome to The 2015 Haw River Learning Celebration

Hope you’ll  join us!

Volunteer Online Registration Form

BYNUM: Sunday, September 20-Friday, Sept.25 School Programs offered Tuesday, September 23 through Friday,Sept. 25

SAXAPAHAW:Sunday, September 27-Friday Oct. 2 School Programs offered Tuesday, September 30 through Friday, October 2

CAMP GUILROCK: Sunday, October 4 – Friday Oct. 9 School Programs offered Tuesday, October 7 through Friday, October 9 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

*Teachers and Parents: You can pay your $25 field trip deposit or the entire field trip fee here by clicking the Paypal button at the bottom of this page.

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

2015 Haw River Learning Celebration Volunteer Guide Book

2015 Learning Celebration Volunteer Medical Information Form

2015 Adult Volunteer Waiver Form

2015 Minor Volunteer Waiver Form

2015 Unaccompanied Minor Volunteer Waiver Form

2015 Haw River Assembly Canoe Waiver


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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We need everyone’s help to put on this year’s greatly anticipated, 26th Annual Haw River Assembly’s riverside environmental education program for 4th graders, The Haw River Learning Celebration. We are incredibly excited but times are especially tough right now. Can you help us raise the $5000 we need to deliver this amazing hands-on river experience to 1500 students?

Here’s how your contribution can keep our program thriving:

$5 – Every donation counts, and could possibly change a child’s life forever.

$10 - Sends 3students to the LC for one day

$25 – Provides materials for the Clay, Stream Steward, Nature Art Learning Stations for one day

$50 – Keeps the educational puppet show, “A Haw Story” going

$100 – Feeds the entire volunteer crew for 1 meal

$250 – Sends 2 watershed schools to the Learning Celebration

$500 – Covers transportation costs associated with moving all educational materials and volunteer supplies to 3 different sites.

The Learning Celebration budget is modest and pays for on-site staff and the supplies needed for three weeks of camp and program time for the volunteers and schoolchildren at three sites along the river. Our team of up to 150 crew members, food providers, and site movers’ work for love of cause and community, but none of it could happen without funding. We keep the cost to the schools very small, and no child is turned away for lack of field trip money. As environmental education programs are being slashed in schools and communities due to budget cuts, we know that the Learning Celebration is more important than ever!

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!