Student Conservation Course


Participants will paddle, fish, hike, wade, seine, sample, observe, and engage in restoration activities in our Ohio River Watershed, while developing their abilities in leadership, stewardship and conservation.

Each day of this one-week course begins and ends at Nisbet Park in Loveland, Ohio, where O’Bannon Creek flows into the national and state scenic Little Miami River. From there we’ll adventure up and down our local waterways to engage in hands-on ecological investigations, activities, and empowering conversations. Experience what it takes to be an environmental steward. Discover your power to lead your school and community towards environmental solutions.

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Our Student Conservation Course takes place Monday, June 17th through Friday, June 21st, 9am to 4pm.  

Application process:

  • Student applicants must be entering 9th – 12th grades for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Applications must be received via email, or postmarked, by April 30th, 2019.
  • Applicants will be notified of their participation status by May 10th, 2019.
  • Space is limited. We cannot guarantee the acceptance of all applicants.


Course fee: $150, to be collected after applicants are notified of their acceptance. The course fee covers all instructional, travel (for any group trips from the site), and activity expenses, as well as an Ohio River Foundation T-shirt. The course fee does not include a daily lunch or refreshments. STUDENTS should bring their own water and lunch each day..

Questions: or call Evan Banzhaf, ORF Student Conservation Course Manager, at 513-279-2006.