Programs

Outreach & Education

Environmental education is critical to our mission by fostering an overall sense of stewardship for environmental health as well as educating the leaders of tomorrow.

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Educating Tommorrow's Leaders

Our Outreach & Education program works with schools, summer camps, church groups, and the general public to promote awareness of issues relating to clean water and to foster an appreciation for the wildlife that call the Harpeth home.

As part of this program, Harpeth Conservancy  staff and volunteers lead groups in exploring the aquatic wildlife in streams and show how to use the findings to determine if the water is clean and the stream ecosystem healthy. Staff are also available for presentations to classrooms, civic group meetings, and other events. 

If you are affiliated with a group that would be interested in any of these activities, contact us at info@harpethriver.org.

Lessons on the Harpeth

"I never teach my students. I only provide conditions in which they can learn."

-Albert Einstein

lessons on the river

Lessons on the River is a fun, hands-on educational experience for people interested in clean water and healthy rivers. These events occur once a month and explore a diverse range of topics related to local rivers. Experts will be onsite to educate people about the topics of each event, as well as representatives from Harpeth Conservancy to explain why the topics are relevant to our work. The goal of these events is for people to gain new knowledge, a desire to help, and basic information about how to make a difference in the areas discussed.  All are welcome and encouraged to come. 

Conservation Conversations

Conservation Conversations is Harpeth Conservancy’s new video format outreach series. These events will occur on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 6-7pm and will explore a diverse range of topics related to local rivers. Experts will be invited to present and inform participants about the topics of each event, as well as representatives from Harpeth Conservancy to explain why the topics are relevant to our work. The goal of these events is for people to gain new knowledge, a desire to help, and basic information about how to make a difference in the areas discussed, all from the safety and convenience of their home.

Visit our events page to view upcoming topics and our YouTube channel to watch recordings of previous discussions. 

Resources

We created Citizen Action Guides (CAGs) as a part of our efforts to empower citizen scientists and give individuals the tools they need to answer the question, “what’s in your river?”These waterproof booklets are full of information about all kinds of species found in the Harpeth and are great educational tools for all ages. We also have ample information on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube channel. Check out some of these outlets to learn about up-to-date issues, wildlife, educational opportunities, and more! Since we share our home with so many extraordinary species, it’s our responsibility to learn about and protect the diversity that makes Tennessee special!

community events

We are always searching for ways to spread water education in all communities in the greater Nashville area. We do so most frequently by participating in all kinds of tabling events, festivals, expos, etc. Some of the festivals we’ve attended recently are Franklin Pumpkin Fest, Franklin River Fest, Bell’s Bend Farm Day, Dancin’ in the District, The Predators’ Craft Beer Festival and more! 

Check out our calendar to stay updated on where you can find us! 

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