While the 2020-2021 school year has come to an end for most students, educators are still busy planning for the next school year and attending professional development to keep themselves up to date with the best practices in education.
As part of our commitment to safe, clean, enjoyable creeks and rivers, the San Antonio River Authority’s (River Authority) Education and Engagement team provides training and resources to area teachers as well as conducts field trips and presentations that reach school-aged children throughout our service district to help inspire our future generations to become stewards of area natural resources. From partnerships, library programs, and teacher workshops, this summer has much in store for our educators!
Read along to learn more about our summer education opportunities and how you can join us in our efforts!
Summer Education Programming
STEM Sisters is an organization that engages and empowers women and girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. In a virtual presentation to three Northside ISD STEM Sisters groups, the Education and Engagement team will highlight the essential work that communicators do to educate the public about the important STEM-related efforts that the River Authority spearheads. We hope this information will inspire these young women to pursue a career in STEM!
The Texas A&M AgriLife 4-H Water Ambassadors group will pay a visit to Confluence Park to learn about the park’s green infrastructure features that are designed to soak up water like a sponge and reduce harmful stormwater runoff. They will also learn about and how to use three apps that River Authority educators have found valuable for the San Antonio River Basin: iNaturalist, Seek, and Litterati. The iNaturalist app assists citizen scientists in documenting biodiversity by using artificial intelligence to identify plants and animals. Seek, by iNaturalist, is a great way to involve children in this endeavor! The Litterati app is a unique method of documenting litter and its location while encouraging users to challenge each other and create positive environmental changes.
The Education and Engagement team will also visit neighborhood libraries throughout the southern basin counties along the River Authority’s jurisdiction. The team will talk about creatures that call the San Antonio River home and how they are affected by non-point source pollution.
Finally, we will kick off the 2021-2022 school year by holding two teacher workshops on August 3-4 for teachers in Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties! Keep an eye out for details to sign up.
Request a Presentation for the Upcoming School Year!
School will start again before you know it, and the River Authority Education and Engagement team will be ready! Check out our available presentations page for links to our 2021-2022 program registration opening in August. Keep learning, and we will see you soon!