CollectingAdopt A River Schools

Friends of the Chicago River has been helping teachers and students explore the wonders of the Chicago River for over a decade.  In 2002, Friends created Adopt A River Schools with the goal of sustaining service learning based Chicago River programs at local schools.  Through each school’s service learning program, students develop science, social science and language arts expertise, hone their critical thinking skills, and become active citizens.  In addition, the Chicago River gains new advocates, its quality improves and we learn more about the river’s health.

Since its inception, Adopt A River Schools has grown to 15 schools across the watershed.  Each of these schools conducts annual water and habitat monitoring at their site, and works to improve the Chicago River through restoration, outreach and education, and clean-up activities.  Students from these schools have presented their findings to the Cook County Board of Commissioners, cleared invasive species, and mentored elementary school students by teaching about the river from their own experience.

In 2008, Friends of the Chicago River launched this website, the Watershed Community Report, as a means of sharing the Adopt A River Schools water quality data.

Member schools and their adopted sites:

Amundsen High School

Irene Hernandez Family Picnic Area (North Branch)

Chicago City Day School

Miami Woods (North Branch)

Curie Metro High School

McClaughry Springs Woods (Mill Creek)

Deerfield High School

Deerfield High School (Middle Fork)

Drummond Elementary School

Irene Hernandez Family Picnic Area (North Branch)

Lane Tech College Prep High School

Clark Park (North Branch)

Lincoln Park High School

Linne Woods (North Branch)

Loyola Academy High School

Loyola Acad. - Main Campus (Skokie River) & Munz Campus (West Fork)

Maine Township High Schools

Linne Woods (North Branch)

Northside College Prep High School

Northside College Prep (North Shore Channel)

Schurz High School

Miami Woods (North Branch)

Solorio Academy High School

McClaughry Springs Woods (Mill Creek)

Taft High School

Bunker Hill (North Branch)

Von Steuben Metro Science Center

Kiwanis Park (North Branch)

Waters Elementary School

West River Park (North Branch)

Young Women's Leadership Charter School

Elizabeth Conkey Woods (Tinley Creek)