Welcome to Virtual River School!

Royal Greetings! I am Princess Elizabeth for whom the Elizabeth River was named in the 1600s. To help you learn at home during this time, I will be “reaching into the royal treasure box” to provide lots of river-related lessons. New video and topic weekly. Cheerio!

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             River Reading Club

Join our new reading club and begin your imaginary journey through nature. Youth of all ages are welcome. Share your list of 10 nature books you have read and we'll send you a royal bookmark. You'll also be entered into a drawing for a free monthly book from Princess Elizabeth. Audible Amazon is offering instant stream of an incredible collection of stories that include 8 different languages. At this time all stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. 

Click envelope to email a list of books you have read. 

 River Citizen Water Monitor

  During these trying times of social distancing, The Elizabeth River Project is providing an opportunity for youth around the watershed to get outside, explore their home river as River Citizen Water Monitors and learn how human actions can impact the river's health. Representing every branch of the river, twenty-seven students are performing a 10-week water quality activity utilizing the LaMotte Student Kit and testing temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, bacteria, nitrates, phosphates and turbidity. Like field trip investigations at Paradise Creek Nature Park and the Dominion Energy Learning Barge, students use scientific tools and practices. Youth monitors range from ages 8-17 and 3rd through 10th grade. 

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           Average Water Quality Results As of June 2, 2020


                                 H2O temp    pH     DO     Bacteria   Nitrates   Phosphates   Turbidity

Lafayette Branch   69.8 F, 21 C        7       7ppm        +              5ppm           0.6ppm            55JTU

Western Branch     70.4 F, 21.3 C    6.8     6.7ppm    +              5ppm           1.0ppm            26.7JTU


Main Stem              61.4 F, 16.3 C     7       6ppm       +               5ppm           1.0ppm            20JTU


Eastern Branch      69.8 F, 20 C        7        5.3ppm   +               5ppm           1.1ppm            41.7JTU


Southern Branch   73.4 F, 23C         6.7     7.3ppm    +               4.6ppm        0.7ppm           10JTU


AVERAGE:               68.6 F, 20.3C       6.9     6.46ppm    +             5.0ppm        0.9ppm        30.68JTU

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