Participants will fish, hike, wade, sample, observe and engage in restoration activities in our Ohio River Watershed, developing their abilities in leadership, stewardship and conservation in the process. The program includes lessons about macroinvertebrates, chemistry, fishing and mussels that ORF employs for its successful River Explorer and Mussels in the Classroom education programs, along with other hands-on ecological explorations. Under the guidance of ORF staff, students will learn what it takes to be an environmental steward and discover their power to lead their school and community towards conservation solutions.
Applicants can choose from two sessions:
- June 21-25 at Nisbet Park, 126 Karl Brown Way, Loveland
- June 28-July 2 at Avoca Park, 7949 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township
Both locations will allow students to use different sections of the National Wild and Scenic Little Miami River for their exploration and learning. Program times are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.
“We’re excited to launch this unique and immersive summer experience for high school students,” said Evan Banzhaf, the program manager. “Students will build science skills and gain a greater understanding of local and regional conservation issues.”
Participation is open to students who will be entering tenth through 12th grade for the 2021-2022 school year.
Applications must be received online or in the mail by April 15. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by April 30.
The course fee of $100 (payable upon student acceptance) covers all instructional, travel and activity expenses, as well as an Ohio River Foundation T-shirt. Lunch and snacks are not included; participants must bring their own food and water each day.
Scholarships are available to students who need financial assistance.
Funding for the Student Conservation Leaders program is provided by the Nellie Louise Taft Foundation.
Applications and additional information are available here.