Sound Rivers staff serve our communities and the public as experts on the ecosystems of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds. We pride ourselves on working with statewide media, government officials, teachers and other nonprofit organizations to help educate our next generation of conservationists.

Nature is our classroom and our teachings combine real-world scenarios and hands-on activism within the local environment. Topics we often cover include:

  • River ecosystems
  • Wetland ecosystems
  • Stormwater pollution and response
  • Field trips on water quality, fish and benthic collection and identification
  • Coastal and estuarine ecosystems
  • Human impacts to water quality

Get to Know Your Riverkeeper

Most educational programs and visits by one of our two Riverkeepers are free. As a nonprofit conservation organization, Sound Rivers exists thanks to support from area citizens. So, donations are always welcome for any of our educational programs.


Past Educational Programs & Activities

  • Duke Chapter of the Coastal Society Sprint Triathlon
  • Hog Watch
  • Junior Riverkeepers
  • Kids River Fest
  • Muddy Water Watch
  • Neuse River Cleanup
  • Neuse River Days
  • Pitt County River Jam: environmental awareness field day
  • RiverKids
  • Tap the Neuse
  • Taste of Coastal Carolina
  • Tour de Neuse
  • Youth kayaking program

Teacher Training

We welcome opportunities to serve as a resource with teachers to provide programs tailored to your lesson plans. We’ve worked within schools throughout the basin, supporting science and math curricula and inspiring young minds to connect concept to reality through water science.

There’s nothing like experiencing nature to help kids get the basics of water ecosystems and issues. We work closely with teachers to lead curriculum-based programs, events, and presentations that build knowledge and understanding in children.  Get in touch today to discuss your classroom opportunities.