River Education

We at SYRCL care deeply about the education of the youth in our community. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SYRCL’s River Education Programming is working to create opportunities for parents, educators and youth to still tap into learning, surrounding, cherishing, and cultivating excitement for Yuba Watershed. More

SYRCL provides education that aims to create life-long stewards of the Yuba River watershed. We do this through programs and curriculum that incorporate lessons about watershed health, Yuba salmon, climate change, water conservation, outdoor experiential learning, and scientific monitoring to students of all levels. We strive to empower, engage, and collaborate with local youth and learning communities, and create linkages between the River Education program and other areas of SYRCL’s work.

Programs and Events

For Teachers and Parents

for website thumbnailThis interactive in-school assembly program uses an engaging mystery story to teach children about water conservation.

For Youth and Families

Week-long summer science programs for local high school students to learn about meadow ecosystems and assess montane meadow health.

HomePageThis popular standards-based assembly uses comedy and student participation to help students learn about science. The main characters Tiny, Flo, and the Fish Friend, teach students about the amazing journey of Chinook Salmon and Steelhead.

P1020395Learn about SYRCL’s work to develop and improve educational trails in the Yuba River watershed.

waterauditSYRCL’s popular Water Audits program is an integrated curriculum, which leads students in an interactive exploration of the water cycle with Detective Drizzle’s mini-investigations.  It then gives students the opportunity to play an active role in how their school conserves water!

Learn more about SYRCL’s different programs and activities for Yuba Loving Youth! Don’t forget to check out the SYRCL Youth Newsletter and the Yuba Yeller!

thumbnail for websiteJoin SYRCL River Science staff and wonderful river guides on a float trip down the lower Yuba to see spawning salmon. This educational and fun day includes learning about the Yuba River ecosystem, how mining has impacted the river, SYRCLs work to protect salmon, and viewing one of SYRCL’s major restoration projects at Hammon Bar.

This scholarship, administered by SYRCL, is offered annually to graduating high school seniors that have demonstrated a commitment to the environment.

SYRCL is now offering free Project WET trainings for elementary and secondary teachers.  This award-winning water education program includes integrated, standards-based curriculum for students of all ages and interests.

A celebration of the future generation of activists who will continue to protect and restore the Yuba. Join the excitement at our annual Youth for the Yuba Event!

cleanup-photosGive your school group or classroom an opportunity to show their Yuba love!  Participate in SYRCL’s Yuba River Cleanup.  Every September thousands of volunteers work on restoration and cleanup sites to maintain the Yuba’s beauty.  The Cleanathon is also a great fundraising opportunity for schools!

SYRCL’s Youth for the Yuba Contest celebrates student creativity and artistic ability.  Students have an opportunity to show their love for the Yuba through art, writing, music, and volunteering!