Summer Student Course


Learn leadership, stewardship, and conservation while you paddle, fish, hike, wade, seine, sample, observe, and engage in restoration activities in our Ohio River Watershed.

Ohio River Conservation Course: Exploring Conservation Careers and Stewardship in our Watershed

The Ohio River Conservation Course (ORCC) is a one-of-a-kind and immersive science experience in ecology, research, environmental engineering, and water quality and habitat monitoring for high school students (9th-12th Grade). This week-long course will focus on career exploration, hands-on biology fieldwork, habitat restoration, networking with diverse professionals, and fun and adventure exploring the Ohio River and its tributaries. We will wade in the water collecting live specimens and fish, test water chemistry, go electrofishing, cruise the river on a boat, get our hands dirty removing invasive plants, kayak and so much more!

The ORCC will take place from 9 am – 3 pm Monday through Friday, June 24-28, 2024. Participants will be dropped off and picked up from the Sanitation District No. 1 parking lot in Fort Wright, Kentucky. Participants will bring a packed lunch each day.

Interested students should apply no later than April 15, 2024 (extended deadline). There is a course fee of $175 for all participants, although there may be 50% or 100% scholarships available for those who indicate need.

Dates: June 24-28, 2024 from 9 am to 3 pm

Cost: $175 (scholarships available)

Location: We will begin and end each day of the 5-day course at Sanitation District No. 1- 1045 Eaton Dr., Fort Wright, KY 4107. Every day we will be traveling to different sites throughout the Greater Cincinnati Region with course participants. All transportation to and from off-site course session locations will be provided by course staff.

Registration: Apply now here! Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until April 15, 2024. Space is limited so don’t delay.

This course is jointly presented by: 

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Thank you to our generous sponsor!

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