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

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Thanks for your help and support with the 2016 Haw River Learning Celebration, keep an eye on this page for next year’s dates!

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

 

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 Alex at alex@hawriver.org or call 919-542-5790.

Be A Learning Celebration Volunteer!

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 – and for many children, this is their first experience hiking through a forest and along a river. We ask that volunteers give a day or a week of their time. We provide on-site training and orientation. 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 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 beginning in 1990 and is thought of by many students and teachers to be the BEST FIELD TRIP EVER.*

 2017 LC Registration form- dates to come!

2017-Haw River Learning Celebration Volunteer Manual – “The Handy Dandy Guide”

2017 Learning Celebration Volunteer Medical Information Form

2017 Adult Volunteer Waiver Form

2017 Minor Volunteer Waiver Form

2017 Unaccompanied Minor Volunteer Waiver Form

2017 Haw River Assembly Canoe Waiver

2017 Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. Canoe Waiver 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  long 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, 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. BynumLC_CRC-20120926-133The 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, 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.

 

Teacher Resources

Schedule and Station Descriptions

Teacher’s Checklist

Classroom Activities

Parent’s Letter

Haw River Learning Celebration Online Teacher Evaluation Form

 

From left to right: Kenene, Madi, & Gidesse having fun in Saxapahaw. Forever friendships are always a "given" and integral part of this river lovin' community* Picture taken by Milada Vachudova

From left to right: Kenene, Madi, & Gidesse having fun in Saxapahaw. Forever friendships are made each year. Photo taken by: Milada Vachudova

From left to right: Lukas, Quinn, Dominik, Cosmo, and Rufus Picture taken by Milada Vachudova

From left to right: Lukas, Quinn, Dominik, Cosmo, and Rufus Photo taken by: Milada Vachudova

Donovan Zimmerman raising the ROOF! at Paperhand Puppet Studio in Saxapahaw this past year with drum beats that filled the town! Not even the heavy rains and rising river could stop the LC from continuing to reach students throughout the watershed... with special thanks to Donovan and Jan for sharing their inspirational studio for the week in Saxapahaw.

Donovan Zimmerman raising the ROOF! at Paperhand Puppet Intervention Studio in Saxapahaw this past year with drum beats that filled the town! Not even the heavy rains and rising river could stop the LC from continuing to reach students throughout the watershed… with special thanks to Donovan and Jan for sharing their inspirational studio for the week in Saxapahaw. Photo taken by: Milada Vachudova

 

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Closing Ceremony for our week in Saxapahaw 2014. Photo taken by Tracy DeVoe

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Up in Guilrock, we enjoy beautiful campfires under a big sky of stars. Photo taken by Tracy DeVoe

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Jacob Bashita teaching Stream Steward under the beautiful vintage tent supplied by our dear friends at Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival. Photo taken by Tracy DeVoe

2015 Saxapahaw LC Volunteers

2015 Saxapahaw LC Volunteers

There is always an abundance of love and community at the Haw River Learning Celebration!

There is always an abundance of love and community at the Haw River Learning Celebration! Photo taken by: Milada Vachudova

 

Woods Charter students come to help teach Stream Watch and Stream Steward in Bynum 2015

Woods Charter students come to help teach Stream Watch and Stream Steward in Bynum 2015