Since it’s inception the Trust has been educating children about the importance of rivers. For the last ten years the Trust has been running the Rivers in the Classroom scheme; initially we started with a small handful of schools but we’ve now expanded our reach across the whole catchment.
The River in the Classroom project is designed to teach children about rivers through fun, hands on experiences that have been tailored to the curriculum. By bringing the river into the classroom the children can see the world from a trout’s point of view, learn about river habitats, find out about the threats in the food chain and watch trout grow through it’s lifecycle from egg to fully grown trout when it will finally be released.
It is hoped that by sparking children’s interest in rivers and engaging with them we can teach them about the creatures living in rivers, pollution prevention and the importance of the environment and taking care of it.
Each year we receive help from numerous GCSE students who take up work
placements with us, this allows students to gain a unique insight into how the Trust operates with opportunities to get involved in a range of activities, such as electrofishing, whilst shadowing members of our staff.
The Trust also accommodates groups such as the National Citizen Service, Duke of Edinburgh and John Muir awards by creating unique volunteer days which have been tailored to meet the groups course requirements whilst educating the participants about the environment and the work charities such as the Trust carry out.
The Ribble Rivers Trust are proud to have connections with some of the area’s leading universities and for many years we have been working alongside bachelors, masters and PhD students to assist with their studies.
Since the start of the Ribble Life Together project the Trust has been able to increase this work and we are happy to happy to be hosting three PhD researchers from Liverpool University. These researchers will be investigating the social elements involved with the Ribble Life Together Project delivery and looking at how the Trust and partners communicate.
In the past the Trust has been involved in educational activities for both professionals and the general public.
By working with conservation, land and farm managers and providing tailored training we hope that we can increase knowledge of some of the key issues the catchment faces. One example of this was our recent PINPOINT training workshop which was attended by staff from Natural England, Forest of Bowland AONB, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and other Rivers Trusts from across the UK. This workshop involved a combination of farm visits and classroom learning to help professionals to deliver effective farm management advise.
Members of the public can also get involved by volunteering; we offer a range of opportunities including the Riverfly Monitoring programme which teaches aquatic invertebrate identification skills an allows the volunteer to adopt their own stretch of the river to monitor and sample!