High School Students Invited to Celebrate World Water Day 2024: Meet Hellbenders, Mussels, and Scientists Working to Save Them

World Water Day is March 22, 2024, and Ohio River Foundation (ORF) and Thomas More University Biology Field Station are inviting High School students to join us in celebrating during a Live Virtual Event from 1 pm to 1:45 pm.

During this FREE online event, students will connect with some of the coolest and craziest freshwater creatures found in our local watershed. We will explore what watershed conservation looks like right here in our own backyards. In addition, we will also host a panel of scientists and professionals in the field to discuss careers in conservation science and watershed biology. Learn more and register here. 

Students will learn about some of the most vulnerable native species living in the Ohio River Watershed- hellbenders, salamanders, and freshwater mussels. We will tour through labs where these special animals are housed and where research is being done to better understand their life cycles and how to protect them in the wild.

We will then sit down with several professionals working in research and conservation biology to discuss what it’s like to work in the field of science and how they got to where they are today. Students are encouraged to submit and ask their own questions about preparing for their future school and career choices.

We all rely on access to abundant, clean, and healthy fresh water. Let’s celebrate World Water Day by taking a look at what is being done in the Ohio River Watershed to protect and conserve this precious resource.

Learn more about our World Water Day Virtual Event and where to register to attend or receive a recording of the event: https://ohioriverfdn.org/events/event/world-water-day-with-orf-and-tmu-field-station/.

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