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Oxbow Outdoor Classroom

Kids in the Creek 

"Drift Away From the Mainstream & Explore Your Local Rivers"

About Kids In the Creek

Water is life!  Freshwater is one of the most important natural resources on the planet, and includes rivers, streams, ponds, wetlands, mountain bogs, lakes, puddles, and aquifers. Clean water is critical to the health of all humans and the hundreds of millions of animals, plants, fungi, and protists.  and the overall health of this resource is a necessity for their health and survival. Each freshwater system is composed of the intricate relationships among lifeforms. This interconnectedness is a measurement for a healthy aquatic ecosystem. In almost every ecosystem, its health is indicative of the degree of human impact.

 

Kids in the Creek provides an important opportunity for our kids to to discover, learn, and grow through a hands on experience where they will encounter many of our wildlife that inhabit our local streams and rivers including many of the upper French Broad River's 50+ species of fish and numerous macroinvertebrates (e.g. aquatic insects, crayfishes), turtles, salamanders, and frogs. 

 

Bring your kids and join one of our experiential educators outside of the traditional classroom to engage in a wonderful about the natural world through adventure and discovery. We have developed several adventures focused on different age groups.

Guided River Snorkeling Fieldtrip

Grades 5 and Up (11 years & older)

  • Price: 

    • $315 (1-3 students) & $105 for each additional student up to 6 students

    • $80 per student (7-9 students)

    • $80 per student (10+ students)

    • Regular Season: $270 for 1-3 students & $80 for each additional student

    • Hellbender Breeding Season: $300 for 1-3 students & $100 each additonal student

    • $100 fee for more than 8 students to pay for extra guide

  • Payment is due at the time of scheduling 

  • One adult chaperone required for every 5 students (Chaperones must stay with their assigned group)

Important:

Wetsuit Sizes MUST be determined for each member of your group atleast 2 weeks prior to the fieldtrip to ensure we have all sizes in our inventory or need to order more!

 

Full Refunds will only be given if Oxbow cancels once payment is received no matter how far in advance payment is made, otherwise no refunds (Our guides have full time employment other than Oxbow and they schedule this time around their normal work schedule

  • Reasons for Oxbow cancelling fieldtrip: 1. river level and 2. water clarity

What To Bring:

  • Waiver & Assumption of Risk Forms completed and signed by guardian

  • Closed-Toed Shoes - no sandals

    • Sneakers, wading boots, Keen sandals ok

  • Lunch & Beverages after we get done​

  • Change of Clothes

  • Towels

  • Pencils/Pens

  • Notebook (Rite in Rain preferred but not required)

  • Waterproof Cameras (if available)

What NOT To Bring:

  • Phone (unless given permission by chaperone or guardian

  • No open-toed sandals or flip-flops

  • Do not bring anything you do not want to get wet (e.g., wallet, purse, etc.)

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