Cumberland River Compact

 Youth Education Program Request Form (Fall 2022)

Youth Education Program Request Form (Fall 2022)

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In-Person Session

Only fill out this section if you are requesting an in-person session.

Virtual Session

Only fill out this section if you are requesting a virtual session.

Session Details

Youth Education Programs Descriptions

We offer educational experiences year round, but fill times in a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended to request a program at least 3-4 weeks prior to the date you'd like the program. 

We will begin scheduling for the 2022-2023 school year on August 22, 2022.

In-Person Programs: 

Click here to see the academic standards covered by these programs. 

Creek Critters (3rd-6th): Creek Critters is an interactive, environmental education program for youth, where we bring the creek to you! The goal of our Creek Critters program is to get kids interested in science and in our precious water resources at a young age. 

Creek Critters teaches students what lives in their creek and empowers them to take action to protect their environment! The program is aligned to 4th Grade science standards, but can be adapted for other grades. 

This is our most popular program!

The Incredible Journey (1st-4th): Students will discuss where water is found on earth and why we cannot use all of it. Then, they will simulate the movement of water through the water cycle with an interactive activity.

Pollution in our Water (2nd-5th): Students will simulate the impact of pollution on water quality as the Cumberland River flows from the headwaters to Nashville. After seeing how the water is polluted students will be tasked with making the water clean again by creating their own water filtration mechanism.

iCreek (6th-12th): Students will explore our watershed through a guided use of iCreek with Cumberland River Compact staff. Using iCreek, students will understand how land use affects water quality, determine the health of their local creek, and research ways to improve water quality. 

Stormwater Model (3rd-12th): Students will be introduced to the basics of a watershed and how urbanization can affect water quality through the use of an interactive stormwater model. 

Aquatic Biodiversity Simulated Investigation (9th-12th): This program demonstrates how aquatic biologists sample streams and rivers, determine estimated abundance of certain species, and analyze data to determine the health of a stream.  Students will participate in a simulation sampling activity, collect data, and analyze that data to determine the health of their simulated stream ecosystem. 

Stormwater Audit (4th-12th): Students will complete a stormwater audit of their school to better connect and understand with water usage and flow in their communities. They will discuss the results that they found and propose potential solutions to issues on their campus.

Urban Hike (3rd-12th): Students will explore the connections between the natural and built environments around their school campus through a guided hike. They will explore urban biodiversity, the importance of trees, stormwater infrastructure, and more. 

Program Fees: 

One-Time School Visits within 60 miles of Nashville (includes, Rutherford, Williamson, Sumner, Montgomery, and Robertson counties)

  • Up to 2 programs (i.e. 2 classes or approximately a half day of programming) - $200

  • Over 3 programs (i.e. 3 classes or a full day of programming) - $75 per additional program. 

  • Homeschool groups ($10 per student, minimum charge of $150)

  • Summer Camps (starting at $150)

Thanks to the support of our sponsors, we can provide many one-time programs for free at Title 1 schools and in select communities. 

Virtual Programs: 

Click here to see the academic standards covered by these programs.

Virtual Creek Critters (3rd-6th): Virtual Creek Critters is an interactive, place-based environmental education program for youth, where we (virtually) bring the creek to you! Over the course of 30 minutes, we will introduce the kids to what lives in creeks and how creek critters help us to understand the health of waterways through the use of preserved specimens and interactive activities. 

Our goal is for students to come away from the program with an improved understanding of ecological concepts like food webs and adaptations, a stronger connection to their local waterways, and a greater appreciation for the natural world. 

Get to Know Trees (3rd-6th): Get to know trees in this interactive, place-based exploration. We’ll explore tree biology, how they impact the water cycle & carbon cycle, and what we can do to bring more trees to our communities. 

Virtual Pollution in our Water (K-4th): In this interactive program, we will explore the sources of water pollution in our region and their impacts on wildlife and humans. This program can be customized depending on what types of topics you have covered in class. 

Career Chats & General Visits (1st-12th): We offer Q&As on a variety of topics including Aquatic Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Water Pollution, Trees, Climate Change, Green Cities (Urban and Sustainable Planning), Sustainable Agriculture, or just a general chat about water. 

During these Q&As, one of our staff members will virtually join your classroom and provide a short presentation on water and their careers. Students will have plenty of time to ask questions about their careers. Staff expertise in areas of water pollution, urban trees, urban planning, and sustainable agriculture can be requested to enhance the conversation. 

Virtual Programs are free thanks to the generous support of our donors and members. 

For additional questions please contact: 
Nasyr Bey,