River Workshop for Teachers

Students from Solorio Academy High School at a CRSN field trip.

With the 2022-23 school year underway, the Chicago River Schools Network (CRSN), the premier educational program of Friends of the Chicago River, is hosting new workshops, field trips and presentations to help teachers and students explore the Chicago River-Calumet River system to learn about nature and science.

At an upcoming free workshop for teachers, the CRSN is teaming up with Urban Rivers to help educators learn ways to teach about river chemistry, aquatic invasive/native species, and water quality assessment, as well as activities to get students more involved with the river system.

All teachers participating in the workshop will receive a free chemistry kit.

The workshop is from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, October 10 at the Urban Rivers boardwalk on the North Branch of the Chicago River.

RSVP to Mark Hauser at mhauser@chicagoriver.org by October 7.

During the past school year, the CRSN’s student impact totaled 13,245 via direct programming, counting teachers as multipliers; working with 28 schools on 38 field trips and numerous classroom presentations, teaching 1,585 students. The CRSN also returned to an in-person Chicago River Student Congress, an annual student-led river celebration. The next student congress event is planned for February 2023.