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Austin Youth River Watch

Austin Youth River Watch (AYRW) provides multi-year after school and summer programs for high school students.

We combine peer mentoring with intensive environmental education, and empower youth through nature-based and experiential service-learning programs in environmental science.

River Watchers collect, analyze, and publish water quality data from Austin-area streams and rivers. They report their data to local and statewide agencies.

River Watchers engage with community partners and local volunteers on environmental restoration and green infrastructure projects. Through these projects, they are actively working with community members to improve environmental conditions, and they learn about potential career paths.

River Watchers have opportunities for adventures regularly in our program. We help instill a love of nature in this next generation of environmental stewards by providing experiences in camping, paddling, and a wide variety of other types of outdoor activities. For most River Watchers, these are first-time ever outdoor adventure experiences.

Contact: Melinda Chow, melinda@riverwatchers.org

Website: https://riverwatchers.org/