Rivers Are Alive Online K-12 Environmental Education

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Explore Your River National Park

Rivers Are Alive is a K-12 environmental education program offered in partnership by the St. Croix River Association and the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway throughout the St. Croix watershed in every season.

Rivers Are Alive offers engaging, standards-aligned science activities. Our whole school model connects students to this National Park and its watershed in a learning progression.

We believe in the benefits of reconnecting with students throughout their school career to provide a holistic approach to environmental education so that rivers are always alive and present in their learning. We also believe in empowering educators to be river and watershed experts through valuable teacher in-service workshops.

The National Park Service and the St. Croix River Association invite you to learn about and experience the wonders of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway through Rivers Are Alive Online.

Whether in the classroom or at home, your students can learn about invasive species, macroinvertebrates, birds, and so much more.

To ensure the safety of students, teachers, volunteers, and trip leaders, we have created new ways to experience the river. Like you, we eagerly await the time when we can return to the programs we all enjoy on the river. Until then, we hope your students find our new Rivers Are Alive Online programs to be an exciting and engaging learning experience!

Because of pandemic restrictions, our field trips will be limited to those that can be done within current safety guidelines. Check out our Rivers Are Alive Brochure and Class Menu, or contact us directly at: nicolebiagi at scramail.com


Rivers Are Alive is made possible through grants and sponsors. To ensure accurate reporting and the continued support of these programs, we ask that all teachers utilizing the Rivers Are Alive Online programs fill out the short form below. Thank you!

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Schedule Your LIVE Rivers Are Alive virtual Experience Today!

Let us bring a unique outdoor experience to your classroom! Contact Outdoor Educator Nicole Biagi at nicolebiagi@scramail.com to schedule a live, virtual field trip experience for your class through Zoom, Google Meets, or your school's preferred platform.

Reserve a Birding Kit for your Classroom today!


No matter the season or location of your school, a Rivers Are Alive Birding Kit with binoculars and bird identification books is the perfect follow-up to our Let’s Go Birding videos!

When you reserve a birding kit, you will receive 15 binoculars and 15 bird identification books to get your students outside so they can observe the incredible birds of Minnesota and Wisconsin! You might even see some unique species as they migrate for the winter!

Contact Nicole Biagi at nicolebiagi@scramail.com to learn more about our Birding Kits or to reserve one for your classroom. 

Reserve a Mucking Kit for your Classroom today!

If your school is near a body of water, consider taking your students outside to get their hands wet and search for macroinvertebrates after watching our Let’s Go Mucking videos!

When you check out a Rivers Are Alive Mucking Kit, you will get 15 mesh nets, multiple collection trays, magnifying lenses, laminated identification keys, and more! Contact Nicole Biagi at nicolebiagi@scramail.com to learn more about our Mucking Kits or to reserve one for your classroom. 

Photo Credit: Jaime Souza

Our Rivers Are Alive programming is made possible with support from:

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For questions or more information, contact Nicole Biagi or call: 715-483-3300