The Haw River Learning Celebration

This year’s Learning Celebration is going Virtual!

What do you mean a “Virtual LC”?

As much as well all love gathering and camping together annually for three weeks in the fall, the Haw River Assembly wants to promote a safe environment for both the students and teachers who attend our Learning Celebration as well as its volunteers. While we had hoped the pandemic had cleared up by now, we now know there is no safe way to host an in-person event this year. 

However, we are very excited to announce that our virtual event will consist of six episodes that include the wonderful activities traditionally hosted at the Learning Celebration plus puppet scenes with Paperhand Puppets, and even some animation. We will make this available to all the 4th grade students in the watershed – and to all who wish to see it, at a suggested small donation.  We want to inspire students throughout the entire watershed to visit their local river and learn how to stay connected with nature through beautiful cinematography.

Stay tuned for our episodes to be released here by October.

A sneak peek from the video finale scene!

How Can You Help?

We have begun a GoFundMe crowdfunder campaign for our “Virtual Learning Celebration” video project. As you can imagine, we had not envisioned this in the budget we created for 2020 – so your financial support would be greatly appreciated.
Or make an online donation directly at 

Or you can mail a check payable to HRA with memo line of
“Learning Celebration” to HRA PO Box 187 Bynum, NC 27228.
Together we can do this!

We hope in future years that our acclaimed Haw River Learning Celebration field trip for 4th graders will be back!  Here’s a short video from the past.

The Learning Celebration / Haw River Assembly from Mark Barroso on Vimeo.

Resources for Teachers

For any additional inquiries regarding the Learning Celebration please feel free to contact our Watershed Education and Outreach Coordinator, Kyleene Rooks at

Schedule and Station Descriptions

Teacher’s Checklist

Classroom Activities

Parent’s Letter

Resources for Volunteers

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