Foundation for Ohio River Education

   

 

River REACH Floating Classroom Programs

River REACH stands for River Research, Education, and Adventure CHarters. The River REACH programs connect students to the Ohio River through hands-on, voyages of discovery aboard the Queen City Riverboats' "Princess", which FORE converts into an on-water laboratory for the program!

While on-board, students test water quality using the same methods and equipment as scientists who monitor and protect our river. They also see firsthand how they depend on the river while discovering beauty and wildlife that surrounds them in the most unexpected places! The overall experience gives students a sense of place in their watershed and an understanding of the challenges that need to be addressed in protecting a resource that literally runs through the lives of millions of people.

The River REACH program engages students in applied STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines through hands-on water quality monitoring, habitat assessments, and studies of aquatic organisms, including fish and macroinvertebrates, that are used to study the health of the river system.

There are two River REACH programs available for students in grades 4-12. The curricula for these programs have been developed by scientists and educators from local agencies, schools, and universities to meet science standards in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. The high school component of this curriculum was awarded "Outstanding Project" by the Ohio EPA!

"Rate Your River" Program

The River REACH "Rate Your River" program can accomodate students in 4-12. Students rotate through a variety of activities to obtain a "snap-shot" of water quality in the Ohio River. It is a four-hour experience that takes place aboard the Queen City Princess and at the Queen City Riverboats dock.

To ensure students get the most out of their River REACH experience, FORE is coordinating with Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District to provide pre-voyage classroom Enviroscape model programs. These interactive models demonstrate how water pollution can result from our activities on land. These presentations are also offered by FORE if your school is located outside of Hamilton County or in Northern Kentucky.

Check out the following links for more detailed information and application materials!

River REACH "Rate Your River " Detailed Program Description

River REACH "Rate Your River" General Cruise Itinerary

River REACH "Rate Your River" Program Application in Microsoft Word

River REACH "Rate Your River" Application in PDF

For more information about our programs, please contact Heather Mayfield at 513-231-7719, or at hmayfield@orsanco.org.

"River Report Cards" Program

The River REACH "River Report Cards" is a more advanced program that is best suited for high school students. It is designed to help students gain a comprehensive understanding of watersheds and how pollution originating within the watershed can affect water quality and aquatic organisms.

During their four-hour cruise, students break out into specialized groups to conduct in-depth assessments of water chemistry, fish, plankton and Ohio River food webs, using a variety of indexes used by scientists in the field. Student groups then share their results in the classroom after their trip.

This program includes an extensive pre- and post-voyage curriculum that helps students better understand the work they perform on-board and the data they collect. The pre-and post-voyage curriculum components are delivered by their teacher. Teachers new to the program must attend a Curriculum Training Workshop in order to implement the pre- and post-voyage curriculum. High school teachers who cannot devote enough classroom time to the pre- and post- voyage curriculum have the option of choosing the "Rate Your River" program (see above). FORE is happy to adjust the content of this program to fit the needs of your high school students.

The following links contain additional information about the "River Report Cards" program, as well as application materials!

River REACH "River Report Cards" Detailed Program Description

River REACH "River Report Cards" General Trip Itinerary

River REACH "River Report Cards" Application in Microsoft Word

River REACH "River Report Cards" Application in PDF

For more information about our programs, please contact Heather Mayfield at 513-231-7719, or at hmayfield@orsanco.org.

Summer Programs, Camps, Youth and Community Groups

FORE has delivered special River REACH programs to numerous after school clubs, summer school programs, summer camps and community organizations! We are happy to work with you to develop a floating classroom trip that meets your program, budgetary and scheduling needs, and most importantly, a trip that your participants will never forget!

Our special programs provide participants the opportunity to rotate through a variety of fun, hands on activities that include observation/scavenger hunts, testing water quality for aquatic life, and up-close studies of Ohio River crittters. These programs typically do not include a pre-voyage visit. For moe information on activities offered, click below.

River REACH Special Program Activities

Please contact Heather Mayfield at 513-231-7719, or at hmayfield@orsanco.org for more information.

Preparing for Your Trip

Here is a list of important documents you will need to prepare yourself and your students.

Permission Slip and Medical Waiver

Pre-voyage Checklist for Teachers

Pre-Voyage Information for Parents

Directions to Queen City Riverboats

Assessing Your Trip

Below are links to FORE's assessment materials. Please complete and submit this information so we can continuosly improve our program!

Teacher Survey

 

"Rate Your River" Elementary and Middle School Assessment

River REACH "Rate Your River" Post-Voyage Survey

River REACH "Rate Your River" Pre-Test

River REACH "Rate Your River" Post-Test

 

River REACH "Rate Your River" High School Assessment

River REACH "Rate Your River" Post-Voyage Survey

River REACH "Rate Your River" Pre-Test

River REACH "Rate Your River" Post-Test

 

River REACH "River Report Cards" High School Assessment

River REACH "River Report Cards" Post-Voyage Survey

River REACH "River Report Cards" Pre-Test

River REACH "River Report Cards" Post-Test

 

 

 

 

 

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