WVU to Teach Youth About West Virginia Waterways Through
RiverWorks Discovery, EQT Grant
West Virginia University Release
8 December 2014
West Virginia University will take kids on a journey of
imagination and exploration in their hometowns as part of a
partnership with RiverWorks Discovery.
WVU and RiverWorks Discovery will present programming in nine West
Virginia counties that encourages children to understand and care
for the rivers that flow through their towns.
WVU’s Environmental Research Center will present programming on
the commerce, culture and conservation of West Virginia’s rivers
and watersheds in Doddridge, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Lewis,
Taylor, Upshur, Wetzel and Ritchie counties.
“Through curriculum from the RiverWorks Discovery program,
children and their families will be reconnected with nature and
see waterways in a whole new light,” said Ann Anderson, education
specialist with the ERC, which is located in WVU’s Davis College
of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. “The program’s
hands-on activities will convey the importance of protecting
aquatic environments in order for them to remain thriving
ecosystems for future generations.”
RiverWorks Discovery is a national education outreach effort of
the National Rivers Hall of Fame, located at the National
Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. EQT Foundation, the
charitable arm of EQT Corporation, awarded the museum a $32,218
grant. The museum provided the ERC with a $23,728 sub-grant to
implement the RiverWorks program.
Outreach and education programs will target youth, ages 8-16,
attending 4-H club events, Boy Scouts of America, Girls Scouts,
and summer camps in each county, as well as a hundreds of other
community members of all ages through local fairs and festivals.
“One of the primary goals of the program is to encourage children
to get involved in their communities to help keep waterways and
watersheds clean and thriving,” Anderson said.
Those interested in participating in the watershed education
programs should contact Anderson at 304-276-8950, or
EQT and the EQT Foundation are committed to the social and
economic vitality of our operating regions. For the past decade,
the EQT Foundation has made a difference by supporting local
programs and initiatives that involve education, community and
economic development, the arts, and the environment. Together with
a variety of non-profit organizations, the EQT Foundation develops
strong partnerships that enrich the diversity and viability of our
communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and
focus on environmental protection efforts.
CONTACT: Ann Anderson, WVU Environmental Research Center
48 Donley St.
4th Floor, Marina Tower
P.O. Box 6688
Morgantown, WV 26506-6688
Email: John Bolt