Riverkeeper Learning Series

  • January 28 - June 21, 2024
  • Various

    McAdenville, North Carolina 28101
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Join us for this year's Riverkeeper Learning Series sponsored by Xylem!


Each month we host a different event to explore the interconnectedness of water with the world around us. If you have any questions or issues registering please contact Education Director, Morgan Long, at morgan@catawbariverkeeper.org.


Diving into our Waters: Exploring Fishes in the Catawba River

Friday, May 31 | 6:30pm | McAdenville @ The River Room

South Fork Watershed Manager, Ámbar Torres Molinari, is presenting on fishes and their vital role in our waters. With info on native & invasive fish, fish diversity in our basin, fish consumption hotline, fishing guidelines, and more we hope you'll learn something new! 

*There are in-person and virtual attendance options available. 


Night Experience by the River

Friday, June 21 | 8:00pm | McAdenville @ The River Room

Join us for an evening nature walk along the South Fork River. We'll share about nocturnal animals of our river basin, do experiments in the dark to test our eyesight, and wander below the full moon. 


This walk will take place along the McAdenville Greenway and we'll travel approximately 1 mile round trip, starting and ending at The River Room. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome on the walk but are not allowed inside The River Room (service animals are allowed inside).


Previous Events:

Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour 

Friday, April 12 | 10:00am | Gastonia

Join us on this guided tour of Crowders Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)! We'll learn (up close) what happens with our wastewater once it leaves our buildings, travels to the plant and where does it go after. You may be thinking... 'what about the smell?', well...it's not that bad! Touring a WWTP is a great way to better understand the impacts we, as humans, have on our available resources, such as water and how we can help the cycle by processing and reusing what's available.

*Please note that CLOSED TOED SHOES will be required for the tour.


4th Annual Environmental Career Panel

March 28 | 6:30PM - 8:00PM | Virtual

Another year, another opportunity to learn about a variety of careers in the Environmental field! Join us in person or check it out on YouTube after the event. If you're interested in learning about a variety of industry professionals and what they do, are just starting out on your career journey, or hoping to make a career change this may be the program for you. Our panelists will talk about what drives them to do what they love everyday, how they got there, what they do and so much more! 

Sign up to attend virtually, or register to receive a link after the event with access to the recorded version.

**UPDATE: This is now a fully VIRTUAL event. To provide more accessibility to those spread throughout our basin and beyond we have decided to return this event to it's virtual form. 

*Panelists to be announced soon.

Bamboo Gonna Get You with Carolina Bamboo

February 24 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM | @ Confluence in Cramerton, NC


"Bamboo Gonna Get You!"
Sound familiar?

Come!  Learn about the mysterious, often misunderstood bamboo plant! 

How does it grow?
What can you do with it?
Can you be the boss of bamboo?


In our class, we will discuss the culture and anatomy of bamboo.  Watch as we tame the wild beast through our splitting presentation.  Touch and feel the bamboo specimens! We will answer questions using our 10 years of combined knowledge spent working alongside the magnificent bamboo plant.  Bamboo has invaded our brains!

 Warning!  You may leave this class with a new love, understanding and appreciation for bamboo!

All class participants will receive a small amount of bamboo crafting material to take home and enjoy.  We hope to share our love of bamboo with you soon!


Check out Carolina Bamboo's website and socials to learn more about their organization:



Crafting & Exploring the Basin

January 28 | 1:30PM - 3:30PM | @ Confluence in Cramerton, NC

“Drink Water. Get Sunlight. You’re basically a houseplant with more complicated emotions.” Have you seen that cartoon floating around? Well, it’s right… to some degree… and we want you to be the best ‘YOU’ you can be this year. 

Join us for this Riverkeeper Learning Series event at Confluence in Cramerton, NC. Where we’ll provide you with some tips and tidbits about exploring the Catawba River Basin – hiking trails to visit, Riverkeeper staff fave spots, upcoming Eco Tour opportunities, and more. 

But wait! No excursion is complete without your hydration vessel! We will be making water bottle lanyards during this event that fit a variety of water bottles and can clip right onto your hiking pack or travel bag. 

This event is 'Pay what you wish' with a suggested amount of $5 to cover material costs. 

Date & Time

Jan 28 - Jun 21, 2024

Venue Details


McAdenville, North Carolina 28101 Various
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

We educate and advocate to protect the Catawba-Wateree River Basin’s lakes, rivers and streams for everyone who depends on and enjoys them.

Thank you for your interest and support of the Catawba Riverkeeper, a 501c3 organization. 

The Catawba-Wateree River Basin encompasses 26 counties, 8900 miles of waterways, 5000 square miles of land and a 225 mile stretch of continuous river from Lake James in NC to Lake Marion in SC.

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