Rivers, by their very natures, have enormous actual and symbolic capacities that lend themselves to effective teaching. Boating resonates with all of us because through it we see the river from the river's perspective. That naturally builds compassion and opens participants to a new understanding.
Each river is the expression of a confluence of forces bound by the common denominator of a watershed. The Los Angeles River, despite its mistreatment, is a vital source of life for many creatures, and it is the reason why Los Angeles was settled on its current site.
Educational elements are an integral component of all L.A. River Expeditions. Youth and adults now have a fantastic learning opportunity through hands-on exploration of the Los Angeles River, a great natural resource that meanders through our urban core.
All youth who are on the river through our guided tours learn about the Los Angeles River’s truly unique watershed, full of extraordinary flora and fauna (including its rather remarkable human nature), while gaining knowledge of canoe and kayak skills and river safety, working as a team, and acquiring leadership and community-building skills.
If you're an educator, and you believe your class or school would be a good fit to be involved with what we do, then send us some information about you and tell us more about how we can serve your needs. We look forward to hearing from you!
Another option during the school year is to have a representative from LA River Expeditions come to your school or class and do one of our multi-media presentations that will engage your students on many different levels. For a rough sample of what that might look like, see this trailer of the new, award-winning documentary film that feaures the LA River, Rock the Boat: Saving America's Wildest River. Then, if interested, use the form above to contact us.
We like that in recent years more of the river is being officially opened to public access. Still, due to the limited scope of the summer months for recreational use, schools aren’t yet allowed to engage with their hometown river during the school year. This is allegedly due to fears of inclement weather, however, with 92% of our annual days in Southern California showing no precipitation, this concern appears to be overblown (currently, the public is allowed access to its river for only 25% of the year). We trust that this policy will eventually ease, since the cost is high: generations of our youth are deprived of magnificent environmental education opportunities that could happen right in their own backyards.