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Pittsburgh Famous River Tales

RiverTales are 45-minute classroom based, grade appropriate river-themed activities for elementary school students. Each porgram is adapted for grade levels ranging from K-6, and is matched to the PA Education Standards for each level. Class size is limited to 35 students. Please note that live animals are not used in these programs.

River Tale topics:


Introduce your students to the wonders of mammals that live in and around the waters of Western PA. Preserved animal pelts and skulls help everyone figure out that what makes animals different is what makes them very special and able to live in different places. Adaptation costumes help students act out behaviors of some very clever creatures.


Time to build a bridge! Pittsburgh has more bridges per person than any other place on earth! Students explore the very basics of bridge building and try their hand at constructing some bridges and arches, and learn about the history of bridges in Western PA.


Around the water cycle we go, as students learn how water is crucial to every living thing on Earth! Students experiment with water to build their own watershed. hands-on activities teach about rain, erosion, water pollution, and water filtration.

Each RiverTale program comes with a take-home pamphlet that students can share with parents to continue the learning and fun after school!

Call 412 231-2712 for more information.


RiverTales are designed for presentation to a maximum of 35 students. A minimum of two RiverTales must be scheduled. Call 412 231-2712 to make a reservation for the 2005-06 school year.
Available November 1- March 1, Monday-Saturday.


Two RiverTales, (must book at least two): $200
Each RiverTale after minimum: $75
Prices are per title, per school building, per school day.
Additional costs for travel: 0-25 miles- Free; 26-50 miles - $25.

All conditions, schedules, programs and prices are subject to change without notice. All programs must be booked in advance.