River Education

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

Great Water Mystery Assembly Program

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

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HomePageThis popular standards-based assembly uses comedy and student participation to help students learn about science. The main characters Tiny, Flo, and the Fish Guy or Gal, teach students about the amazing journey of Chinook Salmon and Steelhead. light gray bar 2

Water Audits

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! light gray bar 2

Salmon Expeditions

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. light gray bar 2

Project WET Training for Teachers

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. light gray bar 2

Yuba River Cleanup

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! light gray bar 2

For Youth and Families

Youth Outdoor Leadership Opportunity

Two week-long summer science programs for local high school students to learn about meadow ecosystems and assess montane meadow health. light gray bar 2

Interpretive Trails

P1020395Learn about SYRCL’s work to develop and improve educational trails in the Yuba River watershed. light gray bar 2


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!

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Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship

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

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Youth for the Yuba Event

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! light gray bar 2

SYRCL Youth for the Yuba #ilovetheyuba Contest!

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! light gray bar 2