A depiction of a watershed as more than the river. Graphic from

We are currently working on plans to implement youth outreach along the way. Stay tuned for updates!

As they travel to experience the diversity of America’s Wild & Scenic Rivers, the we want to connect with schools along the route to provide students with adventure-linked lessons that teach about healthy river ecosystems, America’s Wild & Scenic river system and safe river travel.  We want students to know and love their local waterways, to increase their understanding of river systems all over the country and to inspire them to set goals that take on big challenges.  We believe that students will gain a sense of empowerment and get to know their rivers after learning about Wild River Life’s exciting cross-country exploration of America’s rivers.  Contact us if you know a youth group that might be interested!

Classroom Visits


Susan Elliott works with student science volunteers on Mount Hood.

Students will become a part of the Wild River Life adventure through photos, stories and hands-on activities during the 50 minute classroom lesson.  Students will learn about the science of healthy river systems, the history of and diversity of Wild & Scenic Rivers, and how to set goals for venturing out on rivers safely.  The Wild River Life team loves to help students relate with their local river and discover how they can take action to keep it healthy, empowering students to solve challenging environmental questions – no matter their age.  School visits can be tailored to individual classroom presentations or larger auditorium presentations. 

Classroom presentations will cover our experiences while paddling 50 Wild & Scenic Rivers through captivating photos and stories. We’ll take a look at river systems and teach students about these free-flowing ecosystems.  Our river “tools” (boats and equipment) will allow for hands-on activities and exposure to the variety of ways to experience rivers safely.  Activities throughout the presentation will keep kids engaged with captivating media and fun activities.

Contact us if you are interested in scheduling a classroom visit!

River Field Trips

Classrooms are invited to meet us out on a local river, either Wild & Scenic or just locally loved, to gain a more robust learning experience.  At the river, we’ll take students through guided walks to discuss how rivers function and lead nature-journaling and other fun activities.

Contact us if you are interested in scheduling a river field trip with us!


Using nature for discovery and play on the river. Students who join us by the river will make their own aquatic discoveries too! Photo: Rob Elliott

On the Water Adventures

We are currently seeking local outfitter partnerships to host a few outings on the river!  Whether it is on canoes, rafts or kayaks, or with snorkel masks and wetsuits, we hope that Wild River Life can share the river experience with youth groups.  We believe that getting outside and playing in rivers not only fuels a love for nature, but also helps students better understand these ecosystems.  More details to come!