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 14 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 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)
Lincoln Park High School Linne Woods (North Branch)
Loyola Academy High School Loyola Academy - 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)
St. Ignatius College Prep High School Glenview Woods (North Branch)
Schurz High School Miami Woods (North Branch)
Taft High School Lechowicz Woods (North Branch)
Von Steuben High School Von Steuben High School (North Branch)
Young Women's Leadership Charter School Elizabeth Conkey Woods (Tinley Creek)