The Haw River Learning Celebration

This year’s Learning Celebration is Virtual!

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 our volunteers.. There was no safe way to host an in-person event this year. 

However we are very excited to announce a series of videos – The Virtual Haw River Learning Celebration! 

Six episodes include the wonderful activities traditionally hosted at the Learning Celebration plus puppet scenes with Paperhand Puppets, and even animation. This is available to all the 4th grade students in the watershed – and to everyone who wishes to see it for free (with 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.

Check out a sneak peak of the fun to come!

More About the ACTUAL Haw River Learning Celebration

The Haw River Learning Celebration is a field trip to the Haw River for fourth graders each fall.  Since we began the program in 1990, over 48,000 students have participated.  Schools attend one of our three locations in Chatham, Alamance and Rockingham counties and spend a day doing activities along the river, enjoying a picnic lunch and concert together, and a special puppet show.  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.

Volunteers Always Welcome!

Each year nearly one hundred volunteers make the Learning Celebration a reality, as guides and activity presenters (we provide the training), helping us setup and move between sites, preparing meals for the crew and more! Look for our volunteer registration link on this page when we are able to be an in-person event again!  You can also contact Kyleene Rooks for more information at

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”

How Can You Help?
We had not envisioned this in the budget we created for 2020 – so your financial support would be greatly appreciated.
You can make an online donation directly HERE
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!
Did We Forget Something?

Looking for a lesson for your kids or students that we haven’t covered yet? These videos are for you guys! Submit a question or topic for discussion here.