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A summer workshop for area teachers and environmental educators that focuses on water quality, conservation and river management will return this year after the pandemic caused a haitus.

With the Grand River and Illinois River watersheds under its jurisdiction, GRDA officials said they are committed to being good stewards of these natural resources. This stewardship includes not only maintaining the waters, but also improving the quality of life of those who use these resources.

Riverology 101, sponsored by the Grand River Dam Authority and various state partners, typically attracts a diverse group of professionals who share information and participate in activities that provide hands-on learning. Educating others about the area’s natural resources through events like Riverology 101 is one way GRDA achieves its stewardship goals.

The three-day workshop is designed for teachers and environmental educators who will participate in hands-on learning experiences. Some of the activities will take place outdoors, others on the water – which can be used in the classroom.

Participants will learn about point and non-point source pollution, erosion, stream and lake ecology, and programs that sponsoring organizations can make available to schools or for educational events. The registration fee includes accommodations, meals, a boat trip on the Illinois River, a t-shirt, a program specific to the Grand Lake watershed, and other educational materials.

Those who complete the program will earn certificates for 24 hours of professional development, which will be provided at the end of the workshop. Those teaching Grade 4 in the Grand Lake watershed—Craig, Mayes, Ottawa, or Delaware counties—may be eligible for a subgrant associated with the workshop.

GRDA will co-sponsor the event with the Blue Thumb program, OSU Cooperative Extension Services 4-H and Ag in the Classroom. This year’s event will take place July 19-21 at the GRDA Ecosystems & Education Center.

Early bird registration ($75) ends May 31. Regular registration ($100) ends June 15.

Information or questions about how to register are available by contacting GRDA’s Jacklyn Jaggars at [email protected] or (918) 981-8473.

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