School Programs

Thousands of students every year participate in education programs with Ohio River Foundation. Students climb into rivers to study fish, macroinvertebrates, and water quality through our River Explorer Program. Schools participating in River Explorer field trips can participate in Mussels in The Classroom, a freshwater mussel husbandry experience. They learn about their local watersheds and aquatic ecology through our in-school Wonderful Watersheds Program. And they learn about, design, and install outdoor habitats through the Student Environmental Stewardship Projects.

River Explorer


Mussels in the Classroom

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River Explorer Program


Mussels in the Classsroom



Over the years we have received hundreds of thank yous from students and teachers who have participated in our programs.  Here is a small sampling:

"I would like to thank you once again for the wonderful experience 
yesterday at Sharon Creek. I had multiple students say "this was the 
most worth while field trip they EVER had gone on". Not one student 
had a negative comment about the experience. Thank you for making the 
science come alive and important to every day life. You and your 
staff were excellent.

I would like to schedule a trip in the fall and a trip in the 
spring, next year..."
Jerry Schmidt, Reading High School

“The Ohio River Foundation’s River Explorer field trips have been fantastic! Water pollution, fresh water habitat,  and human impact on the environment are just of the few topics that overlap our Ohio Standards.  My students have a great time getting wet fishing, searching under rocks for macro invertebrates, and testing the chemical make-up of the water.  The stations are very well run by knowledgeable educators. This day is “hands-on” learning at its finest. 

Thank you for laying a great foundation for my students at the start of the school year.”

Laura Black, Nagel Middle School, Forest Hills School District. 


Grant opportunities for schools

Greater Cincinnati Foundation - Grants for Kids