The RiverVision Leadership Project is an interdisciplinary program designed to increase students’ knowledge of the Mississippi River and watersheds. This program exposes students to a wide variety of water stewardship and water resource sustainability issues that impact the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The program is designed to develop critical thinking and collaborative leadership skills by combining environmental policy and hands-on nature study. The overall goals of the RiverVision Leadership Project are for students to understand the complexity of issues that surround stewardship of America’s great rivers; to understand how effective leadership can result in positive environmental change; to hone their own leadership skills, and think through issues to arrive at potential working solutions.
The project has just finished its seventh year! The program currently works with seven different schools from four different school districts. Through funding from Metropolitan Sewer District, Phillips 66, and Boeing we are able to provide for transportation to and from the center and lunch for schools that wouldn't normally be able to take field trips like this. We are working expand our program to more schools, focusing on those in the northern part of St. Louis City and St. Louis County.