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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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Water Safety

ranger with kids trying on life jackets
 
Program Description
Students learn that the New River is very powerful and has many potential hazards. Students understand that the best way to enjoy the river is with safety and respect. Students learn some basic water safety tips, accident prevention, and simple and appropriate emergency responses. Students will be involved in hands-on activities, demonstrations, games, and videos.

Available at:
Burnwood, Canyon Rim, Glade Creek, Sandstone Falls, and Thurmond

Grade Level:
1st – 8th

Program Length:
1 hour

Background Material
Overview

Theme

Safe use of water resources is essential at New River Gorge National River.

Instructional Objectives:

1. Name three hazardous characteristics of the river and identify potentially hazardous situations

2. List reason reasons why PFDs (personal flotation devices) should be worn

3. State and demonstrate two ways to rescue someone in trouble

Pre-visit activities:
Life Jackets Save Lives
A Water Safety K_W_L Chart
Longfellow’s Whale Tales


Post-visit activities:
The River Safety Game
Two Truths and a Fib


More Information:
Glossary
References
Additional Resources for Teachers

Subject:
Science/Technology

Did You Know?

Peregrine Falcon

Between 1987 and 1991, over thirty peregrine falcons were released within New River Gorge. Think you saw one? If so, please contact the park wildlife biologist at (304) 465-6542. More...