September 18, 2017 | World Water Monitoring Day
September 18, 2017 | Fall 2017 Crowdfunding Campaign
Support our crowdfunding campaign! Austin Youth River Watch transforms and inspires underserved high school students through a nature-based, experiential, and service-oriented afterschool and summer program in environmental science. Through our program, students become local environmental heroes, gain leadership and collaborative skills in interdisciplinary settings, and have peak experiences that they carry on with them for the rest of their lives.
But we can’t do this important work alone, we need your help!
Click this link or text 74837 to (512) 399-0330 to help support our mission. With your support, you will not only be investing in our important environmental work, you will also help us transform and inspire 120 more students this year! Please consider giving today!
August 2017 | Our Year in Review
Thanks to all of our dedicated staff, board, and supporters, we accomplished a lot last school year! If you’ve been following us on social media, then you’ve seen how busy we’ve been, and how much fun we’ve been having engaging and empowering youth through our hands-on environmental science program! Every year, Austin Youth River Watch transforms and inspires 120 high-school students through environmental education, community engagement, and adventure. As a result of our work, youth are better prepared to create positive outcomes for themselves and environmental conditions are improved, ensuring a better future for all. Nearly all our River Watchers are defined as “at-risk” by Texas Education Agency Code, which means they are “at-risk” of not graduating. Most of our program participants are economically disadvantaged (71%), and 93% of our students come from ethnic minority backgrounds. In order to retain this population and best serve their needs we provide: full transportation, often the #1 barrier for the underserved; healthy food, to alleviate nutrition access issues; and modest participation stipends, to better enable those who have to work afterschool to help support their household to be in our educational program.
This infographic summarizes the outcomes we achieved this past program year, from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
June 8, 2019 | Friends & Fireflies Open House Party
- Live music provided by Oh Antonio and His Imaginary Friends
- Food trucks
- Open bar
- A guided hike of the Hornsby Bend River Trail
- Live raffle giving away a few special items and experiences
We Are Hiring!
Do you have a passion for outdoor education and environmental science?
Do you enjoy supporting Austin’s youth and contributing to your community?
Are you looking for a new career with an awesome team?
We are hiring a full-time Program Coordinator to work, often independently, with River Watchers. The Program Coordinator reports to the Program Director.
Interested and qualified applicants should submit a resume, a cover letter with your statement of interest, and a list of at least three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates who progress in the application process will be invited for interviews in Austin, Texas, beginning in May.
November 3, 2018 | Rain Garden Build Volunteer Event
Join River Watch students, City of Austin Watershed Protection, the Environmental & Water Resources Institute, and other community volunteers in building a rain garden at the Austin Youth River Watch EcoHouse! A rain garden is a shallow, vegetated depression designed to absorb and filter runoff from impervious surfaces like roofs, sidewalks, and driveways in order to help conserve water and protect our water quality. Rain gardens are usually planted with colorful native plants and grasses while providing attractive additions to any yard. Come have fun helping us build this rain garden in our yard and learn more about Austin Youth River Watch! (All materials provided, but feel free to bring your own gloves or shovels if you feel particular to them.)
Stick around afterwards for our open house event from 12:00pm to 3:00pm and enjoy free food and drinks, live music, and fun activities out in nature! This will be a great day to give back to your community and learn more about AYRW’s service to Austin’s youth and environment. We hope to see you there!
Sign up to volunteer via BetterUnite here. To attend both the volunteer event & open house, please register for both.
November 3, 2018 | Open House Party
Following our Rain Garden Build Volunteer Event, Austin Youth River Watch will be hosting an Open House Party! Please join us for an afternoon of food & drink, live music, and fun activities out in nature at our EcoHouse in Hornsby Bend.
This year we will have:
-Live music provided by Brand New Key
-Food and drink from local restaurants
-Adult beverages from Tito’s Vodka, Thirsty Planet, Live Oak Brewery, and Real Ale
-Hikes along the Hornsby Bend River Trail
-Lawn games (bean bag toss, frisbee, bubbles, etc.)
On Wednesday, April 25th, we hosted our annual fundraising event, Take Me to the River, at Mercury Hall. Friends and supporters of River Watch enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they learned about the important work we do for underserved youth and the environment through personal stories from current students, alumni, and River Watch staff. We also honored 3M with the Dragonfly Award for being our largest supporter last year and Jennifer Quereau with the Full Circle Award for her dedication to AYRW, from River Watch student to Board President. Finally, we held a fun paddle raise activity and auction where we were able to secure support for future programming, thanks to the generosity of everyone who attended. It was an exciting and successful evening! A special thank you to our board and staff for your hard work organizing this event, to all of the local businesses and individuals for your donations for the bar and auctions, and to our emcee’s Ruben Cantu and Koy McDermott for making the event extra fun!
Through this fundraising event we were able to raise almost $20,000 from the paddle raise, silent and live auctions, sponsorships, ticket sales, and various donations. With this amount we can help improve the environmental conditions around Austin and continue to train, develop, and inspire at-risk youth to succeed and become our future environmental stewards! If you did not have a chance to attend or donate, you can always do so here: http://riverwatchers.org/how-y
Thank you again to our sponsors, donors, attendees, and all of River Watch’s board and staff for making this event a success!
February 23, 2018 | New Staff Announcement
We’re excited to introduce everyone to our new Program Director, Amelia DeVivo!
Amelia has worked as a bilingual educator for AISD for the past eight years, with a passion and specialty for connecting youth with nature. Her outdoor educational experience includes coordinating and leading the Gulf Coast Expedition, a nature immersion camp for young adults along the Texas Gulf Coast studying conservation and coastal ecology. For her master’s thesis, Amelia designed, implemented, and evaluated an urban school agricultural program in Austin, developing STEM skills, SEL, and health and nutritional outcomes in underprivileged youth. Amelia will graduate from Texas State University in May with her MS in geography. She is delighted to be part of the River Watch team, and she hopes to make a difference for Austin’s youth through environmental education.
Amelia starts with us on March 1st and we can’t wait! If you see her out in the field with students, please wish her a warm welcome to the River Watch family!