Nearly 300 dedicated environmental advocates gathered at the Tidewater Inn and the Avalon Theatre to enjoy ShoreRivers’ 10th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival this November. The theme of the evening was the generational power behind the ShoreRivers mission. Generational power is activated when values are shared across generations with family and friends, uniting voices and sustaining a movement into the future. The event was made possible by the leadership generosity of Dock Street Foundation, KELLY Benefit Strategies, and more than 50 additional sponsors.
Thanks to the generosity of event guests, ShoreRivers will be able to educate future river stewards in Dorchester, Talbot, Kent, Caroline, and Queen Anne’s County schools through:
• Five water quality testing labs for students to test their school’s stream and identify potential sources of pollution
• Fourteen classroom oyster reefs whose progeny will be planted in a local oyster sanctuary
• Four drone mapping workshops to teach students how to map pollution on their campus and in local tributaries, and
• Six field trips to Horn Point Laboratory for a class or an entire school.
Photo: Riverkeeper Matt Pluta works to protect and restore the Choptank River for his family and the next generation. Photo still from “A Voice for the Rivers” film by Sandy Cannon-Brown and Dave Harp.
These exciting new opportunities augment existing ShoreRivers’ education programs that engage nearly 5,000 students on the Eastern Shore annually. Meaningful watershed educational experiences include investigation, analysis, and real-world skill-building that culminate in community-focused action projects, all geared toward raising the next generation of environmental stewards.
For another opportunity to support ShoreRivers’ current and future Riverkeepers, plan to join us early in the new year for select showings of “A Voice for the Rivers.” A collaboration between Sandy Cannon-Brown and Dave Harp, the film showcases the varied and exciting life of a Riverkeeper. The powerful final image of the feature (captured here)depicts Choptank Riverkeeper Matt Pluta and his young family. Healthy waterways will not be possible without empowering the next generation of river stewards with the knowledge, passion, and skills to protect and restore our natural resources at risk.
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ShoreRivers protects and restores Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education.
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