School-site Program: RiverTales
RiverTales are 45-minute classroom-based, river-themed activities for elementary school students. Each program is adapted for grade levels ranging from K-8 (Exploring Marcellus Shale: grades 3 - adult) and is matched to the PA Education Standards for each level. Class size is limited to 35 students for hands-on science activities. Please note that live animals are not used in these programs.
Call 412-231-2712 to reserve a RiverTales date for your school or group.
Exploring Marcellus Shale
Developed through the support of
PA Department of Environmental Protection
This session is designed to accommodate a variety of audiences, including school classrooms of students in grades 3-12, student or adult community meetings, and mixed-age groups.
A variety of hands-on activities, images and group discussion are used to help tell the story of the Marcellus Shale, and the basic science behind the process of hydrofracturing of shale to extract natural gas. As an informational and educational program, the content gives both the pros and cons of the topic, from the environmental to the economic. The session aims to provide or enhance participants' knowledge of the topic so that they can better understand what they read and hear about Marcellus Shale drilling, and to fashion more informed opinions on the topic.
Some locations are eligible for free programs through scholarships provided by EQT Foundation and other program supporters. Dates are limited, and groups reserving will be asked to meet certain attendee guidelines with regard to mixed-age groups.
Call 412-231-2712 to reserve for your classroom or group.
* Some geographic restrictions may apply to availability of free programs.
Click here for RiverQuest's position on teaching about the Marcellus Shale gas activity in Pennsylvnia.
Here's our regular list of RiverQuest offerings. Please scroll down for reservation information and pricing on the programs listed below.
Introduce your students to biodiversity and how urban development, municipal wastewater management and the introduction of invasive species affect natural flora and fauna. Activities illuminate population dynamics and how human actions can have an impact on natural systems.
Dive Into Mammals
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.
Bridge City, USA
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 Western Pennsylvania bridge history.
Mountain, River, Sea and Sky
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.
Pittsburgh Fish Stories
What's really living beneath the water? Learn about the fish that inhabit Pennsylvania streams and rivers, and observe pictures and preserved specimens to see how their shapes and physical characteristics suit them for specific environments.
Call 412-231-2712 for more information on RiverTales.
RiverTales are designed for presentation to a maximum of 35 students. A minimum of 15 minutes set-up time is required; some programs require additional set-up time. RiverTales sessions can last 45-60 minutes, depending upon your school schedule requirements.
Additional presentations of the same title on the same day: $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. All programs must be booked in advance. RiverQuest reserves the right to reschedule RiverTales programs due to inclement weather or hazardous traveling conditions at any point on travel route.