Future River Stewards

Want to teach your students about their local river?

Our Future River Stewards program brings the river to your classroom for hands-on, NGSS-aligned 45-minute lessons! 

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Lesson Plans

Watershed Watercolor

This K-3 lesson uses art to introduce students to the concepts of how pollution gets from their neighborhoods into the river and what they can do to prevent this.

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What's a watershed?

Students in grades 4-8 can work with ARK staff to explore our Enviroscape model to learn how pollution moves through the watershed.


River Trash Sort

This 6-8 lesson will have students sort through some (sanitized) river trash to determine what types of trash are most common and brainstorm solutions.

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What's in the water?

Students in grades 4-8 can use our student-friendly Earth Echo testing kits to assess multiple aspects of water quality and determine the health of their local Anacostia river water.

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Anacostia River Explorer Boat Tours

Our boat tours educate students about the Anacostia River watershed, including its human and natural history, the threats it faces, and what solutions are being undertaken to help the river realize its full potential as an invaluable asset for the communities along its banks.

Educational Materials

If you’re not able to join us on the river or accommodate a classroom visit, we have the below resources to support your own lessons.