Best Management Practice Category: Education


The water trail users are provided with opportunities to learn about the value of water resources, cultural heritage and boating skills and outdoor ethics.


A two-page summary of key questions and examples when addressing the Recreation Best Management Practices.

Events & Festivals

Events & festivals put on by the water trail or partners.

Paddle & Pour Flyer

Flyer for the Paddle & Pour event on the Island Loop Water Trail.

River Day Flyer

Flyer for the River Day event on the Island Loop Water Trail.

Native Plant Sale Flyer

Flyer for a native plant sale event put on by the St. Clair County Health Department along the Island Loop Water Trail.

Stream Monitoring Day

A flyer for a stream monitoring day on the Island Loop Water Trail.

South Dakota Kayak Challenge

A 72-mile kayak race on the wildest stretch of the Missouri River, between Yankton and Sioux City.

Bronx River Festival

A community festival celebrating the river and introducing people to canoeing and bicycling.

Kawnivore 100 Race

"The Kawnivore is a 100 mile ultra marathon canoe race through the heart of the Kansas Flint Hills. The western Kaw River is a shallow, braided, sandy man eater full of chutes and islands as it twists from Manhattan to Lawrence, KS."

Floatzilla Paddlesports Celebration

The Floatzilla Paddlesports Celebration on the Rock River Water Trail is a large community paddling event. 959 paddlers attended in 2014.

Hudson River Days

Hudson River Days is the annual celebration of the Hudson River estuary and its watershed.

Youth Programs

Programs targeting children and teens.

Chattahoochee Summer Program

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area hosts a number of events throughout the summer to get people on the water with a ranger, to learn about the plants and animals along the river, or to teach children how to fish.

Kids 4 the Kaw

The Kansas River Water Trail has a program for kids including a lesson plan for teachers.

RiverKids Program

The Alabama Scenic River Trail has developed a statewide school to teach any child in the state of Alabama to safely paddle a kayak at no cost to participating families.

River Science Curriculum

A science curriculum based on the Kansas River and developed by the Friends of the Kaw.

Teens 4 the Kaw

The Kansas River Water Trail has a website for teens with teacher resources.

Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures

The Mississippi National Recreation Area has partnered with Wilderness Inquiry to connect the urban youth from the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with the Mississippi River.

Sandbar Schools

The Friends of the Kaw hosted Sandbar Schools at local elementary schools, teaching students about proper canoe use and safety.

Rocking the Boat in the Bronx River

Rocking the Boat empowers young people challenged by severe economic, educational, and social conditions to develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and gain the skills necessary to achieve them. Students work together to build wooden boats, learn to row and sail, and restore local urban waterways, revitalizing their community while creating better lives for themselves.

SEWEE Association Programs

A friends group of the Waccamaw Blue Trail, the SEWEE Association, reached over 14,000 people through their Environmental Education programs in 2011.

Museums/Visitor Centers

Museums or visitor centers.

Great Lakes Maritime Center

The Great Lakes Maritime Center on the Island Loop water trail offers a variety of opportunities to learn about the history and current events of the Great Lakes.

Okefenokee NWR's Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge's Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center contains interactive exhibits, a film, wildlife viewing, and a bookstore.

Port Huron Museum

The Port Huron Museum on the Island Loop water trail has exhibits and programs. Satellite facilities include the Huron Lightship, Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, and the Thomas Edison Depot Museum.

Conferences and Competitions

Conferences and Competitions.

Microhydro Generator Design Contest

In 2010, the Rock River Trail announced A contest was to challenge all people, schools and industries along the Rock River to construct a working micro-hydro generating device.



Chattahoochee Summer Program

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area hosts a number of events throughout the summer which helps disseminate important information about the river, recreation, and its other river-related resources.

Rock River Summer Webinars

The Rock River Coalition and Environmental Law Institute present four monthly webinars that identify opportunities for emergency, floodplain, and wetland management agencies to better work together to maximize the flood control and ecosystem service benefits of our wetlands.