EAST ALTON – Join the National Great Rivers
Research and Education Center (NGRRECsm) for the first screening of
“Kids on the River” a film showcasing high school students exploring the
Mississippi River watershed.
This event is
taking place from 6 - 8 p.m. on Oct. 18, at the NGRREC Field Station, 1
Confluence Way, East Alton Illinois. Following the screening, there will be a
panel discussing how different community members view and experience the river.
“What I enjoyed
most about Waterschool was how broad the exploration was,” TRIO student Xyla
Nixon said. “We not only got to learn facts about the Mississippi River, but
also about the connections it has to surrounding organisms. My experience made
me realize the Mississippi River is something that gives and also sustains life
and is not only a body of water I happen to pass by.”
In June, 15 high
school students from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St.
Louis Higher Education Center’s TRIO Upward Bound program participated in the
Swarovski Waterschool – Mississippi River program at NGRREC. The students
documented their experience through video, and it is captured in the final
was the first week of the TRIO summer program and it was a great way to
increase engagement and get the students interested in science,” said Erica
Doerr, former TRIO STEM instructor and current NGRREC environmental educator.
“For some of the students this was their first time seeing the Mississippi
time on the water learning to paddleboard and canoe in the Ellis Bay, collected
water samples to analyze the health of the river, identified macroinvertebrates
living in a local stream with the Illinois RiverWatch program and learned about
the water cycle. They also focused on community service projects including
watering trees around the community and picking up trash using the marine
debris tracker app.
“The purpose of
this film is really to highlight the power of place-based education and the
benefits of exploring the natural world around us,” Director of Environmental
Education Sarah Fisher said. “Event guests will have the opportunity to hear
from students and educators about how this experience has impacted their
To attend this
free premiere event, register at https://conta.cc/3Rf0JeV .
This film was
produced by Route 3 Films and funded by the Let’s Talk About Water grant
through CUAHSI the (Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of
Hydrologic Science, Inc.) from funding provided by the National Science
To learn more
about this event, contact Sarah Fisher at email@example.com or (618) 468-2783.
Visit http://www.ngrrec.org/Swarovski_Waterschool/ to learn more about the Swarovski
Waterschool – Mississippi River program or contact Jen Mandeville at firstname.lastname@example.org or (618) 468-2790.
Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC ℠ )
in 2002 as a collaborative partnership between the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign and Lewis and Clark Community College, NGRREC is dedicated to
the study of great river systems and the communities that use them. The center
aspires to be a leader in scholarly research, education, and outreach related
to the interconnectedness of large rivers, their floodplains, watersheds, and
their associated communities.