Children can explore nature with an educational outdoor program | Education

Danville, Pennsylvania — A free hands-on stream exploration and nature tour for kids is coming to the Montour Preserve this month.

The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association will host a new Waterway Exploration Training (WET) educational experience from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, July 21 at the Montour Preserve near Washingtonville.

The program, designed for youngsters ages 8-12 and their families, will include a three-station rotation focusing on their introduction to freshwater organisms, streams and watersheds, including how pollution can impact our ecosystem and how they can bring about positive change at home. .​

“We strive to find new ways to connect young people to our outdoor resources, and this program allows us to learn about the concepts of freshwater ecosystems and the importance of limiting our negative impacts on these ecosystems. “, said Middle Susquehanna. River Guardian John Zaktansky. “It’s so exciting to partner with the Montour Reserve to deliver a program that will hopefully inspire the next generation of watershed stewards.”

Participants and their families will pass through three stations, including a guided hike with naturalist Jon Beam, a hands-on stream exploration session by Riverkeeper John Zaktansky, and a presentation by Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association intern Peyton Curley , using our Enviroscape model focused on how watersheds work, how pollution can move through a watershed, and what can be done at home to make a lasting difference.

Parents are encouraged to participate with their children, and all participants should be prepared for the hike, get wet while exploring the creek, and be out in the elements (sunscreen, bottled water, etc.)

The program is free, but places are limited, so families are encouraged to register early using the form below. If you have any questions, email or call 570-768-6300.

The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association protects and promotes our river resources in the 11,000 square mile Middle Susquehanna Watershed, which includes all of the land that ultimately drains into the North and West Branches of the Susquehanna River.

For more information about the association, including regular blog posts and podcast updates on the greater watershed, visit

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