Outreach & Education: It’s Our River – Our Future

GITR Logo OfficialGet Into The River – This annual festival brings together the public, community business partners, and local government to celebrate, protect, restore and celebrate the Jordan River corridor.  On “Conservation Day”, nearly 1,000 volunteers help with restoration and beautification projects along the river.  On “Celebration Day”, parkway visitors can enjoy a number of community festivals and activities all through the corridor.

 

 

janes walkVolunteer Events and Nature Walks – The JRC regularly leads volunteer events along the river and trail throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons.  We use these events as an opportunity for teaching and volunteers learn about water quality, invasive species, the role of the Jordan River in bird migration, and about the native plants and animals that call the river corridor home.

 

 

 

018_F3949ReAwakened Beauty: Place-based Learning on the Jordan River – The JRC is working with the Center for Documentary Expression and Art, Salt Lake County, and many additional community partners on new educational program for 9th grade students focused on the Jordan River. Over the course of eight weeks, an artist and ecologist in residence will work with students to explore the Jordan River’s past, present and future and the student’s role in the watershed through creative writing, photography, ecology lessons, and more.  Jordan High School students produced the content of an educational newspaper insert, which was circulated in every issue of the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune on November 17, 2013.

 

My Jordan RiverMyJordanRiver.org – The JRC is pleased to announce www.myjordanriver.org, a digital trail guide to the Jordan River Parkway.  Students and members of the public are invited to submit their own ideas and content to be included in a series of interpretive stops along the river corridor that can be explored from a smartphone or tablet along the trail.  With My Jordan River, we’re turning the river into an outdoor museum and game board.  Share your photos and ideas and see them published on the site.

 

 

TA citizen scienceCitizen Science – The JRC is coordinating with community partners to develop opportunities for citizen science on the Jordan River – Bird monitoring with Tracy Aviary and water quality monitoring with Utah Water Watch.  Volunteers have been observing four sites along the Jordan River over the past three years and are discovering trends and information that is helping to inform how we approach restoration projects.

 

 

 

532619_300Research Coordination – The JRC is building partnerships with the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, and Utah State University for using the Jordan River corridor as a platform for learning and research.  Research efforts include: vegetation and geomorphology mapping, civil engineering design projects, water quality analysis, and educational outcome evaluation studies.

 

 

logoMonthly Board Meeting Presentations –  The ten cities, three counties, and other members of JRC’s Governing Board meets monthly to exchange ideas, learn from one another, and guide the work of the JRC staff.  Most meeting agendas include a presentation by a member government, project partner, or other stakeholder on topics ranging from competition rowing on the Jordan River, water quality impairments, navigational hazards for boaters, invasive species removal needs, or planned restoration or recreational projects.