Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Announces River Academy Course On Niagara River Watershed Issues

“A college-level course that provides an introduction to the Niagara River watershed through weekly classes.”

News from Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers, a non-profit citizens group

Posted August 14th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Experiential learning opportunity will educate college students and adults about local environmental issues in Erie and Niagara counties

Buffalo, New York Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper announces that registration is now open for River Academy, a college-level course that provides an introduction to the Niagara River watershed through weekly classes in stream science, environmental stewardship, and habitat restoration.buffalo niagara riverkeepers

River Academy is an exciting opportunity for professionals and citizens to learn through hands-on field experience, lab exercises, field trips, and guest lecturers, and provides an opportunity for students to obtain college credits.

River Academy explores current environmental issues impacting the Niagara River watershed. Local experts and guest lecturers include representatives from governmental agencies, community organizations and the private sector.

Students will explore Niagara River ecology, environmental problems and efforts underway to improve the River’s health, while developing an awareness of environmental career opportunities in our region.

Class content includes land use impacts, restoration project design, green infrastructure solutions, watershed planning and land conservation strategy. River Academy students experience a diverse class structure, including environmental service learning projects, exploration field trips and hands-on workshops.

The lower Niagara River flowing between communities in New York and Ontario, File photo, Doug Draper

The lower Niagara River flowing between communities in New York and Ontario, File photo, Doug Draper

River Academy is scheduled from August 31st to December 14th, 2016. Classes will be held from 4:30pm to 6:20pm on Wednesdays, and will take place at the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper office (721 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203), the East Hill Foundation (17 Island Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120), and various field locations.

Tuition is $150.00 for the full course. Need-based, partial tuition scholarships are available. All participants will receive a certificate upon graduation. Community members who wish to sign up for the River Academy certificate program (non-course credit) should visit bnriverkeeper.org/riveracademy.

Riverkeeper is partnering with Erie Community College North Campus to offer college course credit for River Academy. Enrolled students should contact Erie Community College to register for PH 121 Section 51. ECC credits transferable within the SUNY system, so students of other schools can also

register. Students pursuing careers in environmental science, biology or green technologies are encouraged to register for River Academy.

River Academy is supported by the East Hill Foundation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Office of Environmental Justice.

For more information about River Academy, please contact Robbyn Drake, Director of Education and Training: (716) 852-7483 x 12 and rdrake@bnriverkeeper.org.

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Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring our most valuable natural asset. Over the past 25 years, we’ve tackled some of the region’s biggest fresh water challenges such as cleaning up toxic sediment, eliminating sewage overflows, restoring critical habitat, and advocating for the long-term health of the Great Lakes. Our actions protect drinking water, connect people to waterways and contribute to a thriving water-based economy. Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is a member of the global Waterkeeper Alliance.

To learn more about Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, please visit  – bnriverkeeper.org .

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