THE CAHABA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER INSPIRES AND EMPOWERS LEARNERS OF ALL AGES TO BECOME STEWARDS OF THE NATURAL WORLD BY CONNECTINGTHEM TO THE CAHABA RIVER.
The Cahaba Environmental Center (CEC) at Living River is an outdoor, experiential education organization. The CEC offers a variety of programming that connects learners of all ages to the ecology and wonder of the Cahaba River Watershed. The CEC is home to educational, day and multi-day school programs for elementary, middle, and high school students. On a field trip to the CEC, students spend their days outdoors, exploring and investigating the science and cultural history of the Cahaba River watershed. The CEC also offers Sole Sisters, a program that allows young women (ages 13-17) to challenge themselves and practice their leadership skills on a weekend-long backpacking and canoeing adventure. The CEC's field science school is a program for colleges and universities. Professors bring their undergraduate and graduate students to the CEC to spend time on-site conducting field research and experiencing hands-on instruction outside of their classrooms. The CEC also coordinates with other organizations to host hands-on teacher workshops.
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At the Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River, students embark on an educational adventure full of hands-on exploration and discovery! They do not just learn about Alabama natural and cultural history, they experience it. Students paddle the Cahaba River and investigate the forest it winds through. They get their hands wet, searching for evidence of life in the river that also reveal secrets of its health. They discover fossils and other stories of the the landscape's recent and distant past. The curriculum integrates experiential, inquiry, and place-based learning with state and national standards, including the new Science Course of Study. The CEC is especially powerful for students within the Cahaba watershed, who quickly learn how they are affected by and are affecting their own water supply. Check out our School Programs page to learn more about what the CEC has to offer for your school!
Through funding from The North Face's Explore Fund, the CEC has created a young women's backpacking and leadership program called Sole Sisters. During this program, girls, age 13-17, spend a weekend at the CEC learning and applying camping and backpacking skills, canoeing on the Cahaba River, and discovering what leadership means to them. By participating in a Sole Sisters weekend, young women recognize the importance of different leadership strengths as they work together to overcome challenges amidst the beautiful Cahaba River watershed. They will discover inspiration from themselves, their peers, and the outdoors. Go to our Sole Sisters page to learn more about upcoming trips and how to apply for this program!
Field Science School
The Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River creates partnerships with Alabama universities and colleges to provide a real-world venue and environment for teaching and conducting field research. Professors can take their students out to the CEC's dynamic landscape to practice research methods and participate in data collection. Our site encourages a hands-on, experiential approach to learning. Check out our Field Science School page to learn more about our field science school program and please contact us with any questions or interest!
The Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River hosts teacher workshops for school teachers to stay on-site and experience hands-on, inquiry-based science teaching methods that they can take back to the classroom. Surrounded by the beautiful forests of the Cahaba River, teachers will get their hands wet and their feet dirty as they earn Continuing Education Units toward their teaching certificate. Check out our Teacher Workshops page to discover upcoming opportunities to take the learning outside.
The Cahaba Environmental Center is located at Living River, a retreat and conference center, which is a beautiful space to host and kick-start events! Check out our Upcoming Events page to learn about CEC events and other exciting opportunities happening at the CEC at Living River! From conferences to teacher workshops to celebrations, there are many ways to explore and discover the Cahaba River.
Cahaba Environmental Center 2000 Living River Parkway Montevallo, AL 35115 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 205.208.0035 ext. 1