The Greenway River Ranger program is designed for high school students to develop their leadership and communication skills, as well as knowledge of the environment and environmental education. These students are selected from two different high schools- KIPP Denver Collegiate and KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy (KNDLA). They help with instructing on four different 5th grade trips over the course of the school year.
Their final day of teaching was Monday, April 30. The Rangers began the day with a professional development workshop led by SPREE staff discussing the differences between education and advocacy. At each of the morning excursion activities, the Rangers took turns team teaching and then teaching a group of students all by themselves. They taught about the adaptations of beavers, how to test the health of the river, ways that different pollutants affect our river, and how to paddle in a raft.
In the afternoon, Rangers facilitated and participated in the critter crawl, doing a great job of managing students, engaging their curiosity, and being enthusiastic when students caught crawdads and other aquatic macro-invertebrates!
To hear more about our River Ranger program, click here!