• Center for Global Environmental Education

  • CGEE River Institute

    2015 Trinity River Institute featuring
    Waters to the Sea

    Monday to Wednesday, June 22-24, 2015

    Our natural affinity to water makes rivers and watersheds a useful and familiar context for teaching and learning. For the fourth summer, the Center for Global Environmental Education presents its acclaimed Rivers Institute, a three day field-based professional development opportunity that helps educators improve their students' science knowledge and environmental literacy through the lens of watershed education.

    The Institute is designed for educators of grades 4-8. We tie together hands-on experiences with the Waters to the Sea: Trinity River multimedia program for enhancing understanding of concepts and ideas for students.


    Monday and Wednesday
    Fort Worth Botanic Garden
    3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
    Fort Worth, TX 76107

    Panther Island Pavilion
    395 Purcey St.
    Fort Worth, TX 76102  


    The standards-based Trinity Rivers Institute is designed to increase teachers' science content knowledge, and help area educators translate their professional experiences into meaningful, engaging classroom lessons.


    Targeted to grade 4th-8th teachers. Science specialists and teams of teachers are encouraged to apply.


    Participants will:

    Understand the teaching and learning opportunities represented by using their watershed as a context for learning;  

    Learn specific natural science as well as some social studies content relevant to the Trinity River watershed;  

    Explore the Trinity River watershed by: canoeing on and hiking by the Trinity River  

    Investigate existing resources and programs to enrich their teaching, including:

    • Explore the interactive Waters to the Sea: Trinity River multimedia resources;
    • Explore the new Texas Aquatic Science Curriculum with Texas Parks and Wildlife;
    • Investigate human impact on water quality through macroinvertebrate collection and study, and through chemical water testing;   
    • Learn about watersheds in general and the importance of the Trinity River watershed in Texas   
    • Find out what aquatic plants live in the Trinity River watershed;  
    • Participate in hands-on activities. 


    The River Institute takes place over three activity-filled days. Participants interact directly with professionals and have first-hand experiences withe Trinity River watershed that can be directly transferred to classroom practice. Core concepts in science will be explored, as well as activities and visualizations that engender student understanding of those concepts.


    The cost for the three days is $50, thanks in part to our contributors.

    The institute is full, except for teachers registering via a grant which includes the 7th grade teachers at BenbrookHandleyElder and Wedgewood Middle Schools. If you are a teacher under this grant, or you want to be put on a waiting list, after filling out the application click "Submit." If you are on the waiting list and a space opens up, we will send a link to submit your $50 fee for the institute.

    Apply Online

    If you have any questions, please contact Brinkley Prescott at bprescott01@hamline.edu or 651-523-2591.