Conservation Matters December 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Colorado River Alliance and Austin Water launch mobile river experience

Colorado River Alliance and Austin Water launch mobile river experience

In partnership with Austin Water, the Colorado River Alliance (CRA) has expanded its youth education programs to include the Texas Colorado River Mobile Learning Experience, according to CRA.

With plans to launch in the 2014–2015 school year, the Colorado River Alliance will work directly with Austin Water and Austin Independent School District (AISD) to bring the field trip experience to more than 5,000 seventh grade students in AISD. In addition, CRA and Austin Water plan to reach an additional 3,000 to 5,000 sixth thru eighth grade students at surrounding area schools.

The Texas Colorado River Mobile Learning Experience will function as a traveling, interactive science museum, using interactive exhibits and hands-on activities housed inside a 40-foot trailer. With the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) aligned curriculum, interactive models will engage and instruct, inspiring students to go out and make a difference, according to CRA.

“The Mobile Learning Experience will be a great opportunity to teach children in Austin the crucial fundamentals about our water source,” said Charlie Gutierrez, AISD science supervisor.

Overall program goals are to reduce the water use within the Colorado River basin, increase knowledge for a healthier Colorado River, and develop a workforce of professionals with a high knowledge base of water quality and water quantity needs for a sustainable water supply.

CRA is a nonprofit dedicated to the protection and conservation of the Texas Colorado River. For more information about the Texas Colorado River Mobile Learning Experience or the Colorado River Alliance, contact Sarah Richards at 512.498.1587 or sarah@coloradoriver.org.

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