At the Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River, students embark on an educational adventure full of exploration and discovery! They do not just learn about Alabama's 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 the river for evidence of life to reveal secrets of its health. They discover fossils and other stories of the 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!
The CEC Sole Sisters program is a opportunity for young women, ages 13-17, to challenge themselves on a weekend-long backpacking and canoeing adventure. Through funding from The North Face, the CEC created a teenage girls' backpacking and leadership program. During this weekend, the Sole Sisters arrive on a Friday after school and learn the basics of the gear that is provided, how to pack a backpack, and how to set up a tent. Then, Saturday morning embark on their adventure where they find inspiration from each other, the natural world, and within themselves. Sunday, after waking up inside their tents next to a beautiful lake on the CEC property, the Sole Sisters pack up and get ready for the canoeing portion of their trip. Along the way, the Sole Sisters will help inspire and empower each other to face and overcome the challenges that arise, creating a group bond and friendships that will last beyond the weekend. The Sole Sisters program is designed for Birmingham-area girls of any skill level. This trip is meant to bring people together and help young women step outside of their comfort zone in a safe and supportive space. Check out our Sole Sisters page to learn more about upcoming trips and how to apply!
The Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River is creating 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!
Cahaba Environmental Center 2000 Living River Parkway Montevallo, AL 35115 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 205.208.0035 x3