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Classroom Presentations

The Education Team is proud to announce our virtual classroom presentations for the 2020 fall semester. However, the River Authority is not conducting in-person classroom presentations. To learn more about our COVID-19 considerations, please click here. See below for our exciting virtual classroom presentations.

Available RIVER CAMP! 2.0 Virtual Classroom Presentations

The San Antonio River Authority’s Education Department is proud to offer a variety of hands-on and impactful virtual presentation topics from which teachers can select (limit one grade level per school per year). We are happy to schedule virtual classroom presentations on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday for K-12 students in Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties. Teachers are expected to be a part of the experience with supervision and direction. TEKS alignments for all presentations are available upon request. We are currently scheduling presentations for the fall semester only. We will reevaluate our ability to offer in-person programming for the spring semester as public health recommendations and guidelines evolve.

Select presentations have the option of being more interactive with free individual student activity kits, but we require teacher commitment to help assemble and distribute these kits to their students. More information about the presentations and optional kits can be found in the request form below.

River Authority presentations are popular. Here is how it works:
  • In order to provide equal opportunity for all public school districts throughout Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad Counties one grade level per school and up to 3 schools per district will be considered per year. Additional schools within a district wishing to participate will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted if slots become available.
  • Homeschool groups and private schools are eligible for one visit per year.
  • All requests are evaluated on a first-come-first-serve basis and are accepted at the discretion of the River Authority.
  • Please fill out a Virtual Classroom Presentation Request Form below. River Authority staff will contact you within a weeks’ time regarding the request.
Reservation Policy
  • Virtual classroom presentations must be requested at least three (3) weeks in advance. For the best selection of dates and staff availability, contact us via the request form below as early as possible.
  • Requests are pending until processed with confirmed dates by River Authority staff.
  • Confirmations and other important presentation details including pre- and post-presentation activities will be sent to the email address provided in the initial request.
Cancellation Policy
  • If your group is running late, the River Authority cannot guarantee that all activities will occur as originally planned.
  • In the event that unforeseeable circumstances prevent the presentation to proceed as planned, the River Authority will contact the presentation organizer as soon as possible.
  • A rescheduled presentation is not guaranteed.

We look forward to helping your students and school community learn more about their San Antonio River! To help us successfully schedule these presentations, please submit only one request for your entire grade level.

RIVER CAMP! 2.0 Virtual Classroom Presentation Request
Name of Organizer
Please select the virtual platform you will be using:
What presentation subject would you prefer (select one)?
This presentation is tailored to the TEKS at the elementary level, especially grades 3-5. Students will explore erosion topics like watersheds, weathering, runoff, removal and transportation of sediment, deposition, landforms, deltas and see visuals of erosion and deposition in the San Antonio River watershed and bay. They will be encouraged to identify challenges and brainstorm solutions to prevent and reverse the impacts of human activity on the San Antonio River watershed. Teachers will receive instructions to conduct a post-presentation watershed activity or a storm drain citizen science activity at their school grounds. The virtual presentation is 30 minutes for grades 1-3 and 45 minutes for grades 4-5
Become a River Authority Star Classroom by enrolling for a Virtual Presentation and Onsite Water Quality Testing education package, tailored to the TEKS at the High School level. Students will learn about the San Antonio River watershed, non-point source pollution, and gain an understanding of water quality testing parameters like temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, nitrates and phosphates and how human activity and environmental changes impact water quality. Teachers will collect a free water-quality test kit from the River Authority office prior to the presentation for students to collect, record, and analyze abiotic data from a water sample from a nearby creek or waterbody, for a post-presentation activity. Once the field test is conducted by the teacher, the classroom again has an opportunity to either share their results via email or set up a 15-30 minute call to analyze their findings with the River Authority. The virtual component of this presentation is 45 minutes while the field testing can be completed anywhere between 45-90 minutes.
Are your elementary students curious about food chains or food webs? This presentation, tailored to the TEKS in grades 1-5, explores the topic by engaging students in a hands-on experience with free individual activity kits to be assembled and distributed by the teacher. Students will be guided through what a food chain or food web is and will participate in making their own. Filled with images of plants and animals from the San Antonio River, this presentation is the perfect way to augment your food chain or food web instruction. This presentation is 30 minutes for grades 1-3 and 45 minutes for grades 4-5.
Are your students thinking about what they want to do professionally? Available for grades K-12, this 30-minute presentation covers many of the different careers at the San Antonio River Authority and ties in information about the skills necessary for each position. Get your students talking about their future careers!
For the Water Quality and Food Chain/Food Web presentations, we can provide free individual student activity kits with materials for hands-on participation to be assembled and distributed by the teacher. Would you be interested in this?