River Program

Learning comes naturally on our beautiful riverfront campus where science in everyday life is a key part of our renowned River Program. We focus on scientific inquiry, field studies, project-based learning, and service as we explore the diverse environment around us.

Helping us build on our legacy program this year is our new River Program Coordinator, Dr. Duane Sanders. Duane has extensive experience teaching science courses at the college, high school and middle school levels. His focus for the River Program incorporates all aspects of river life, including science, history, culture, and traditions.

Recreational activities involve boating, fishing, skiing, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, sailing, swimming, and much more.

The river is our classroom. #girlsdoscience


Our River: Respected, Inclusive, Vital, Empowering, Rolls through our past, present and future.


River Studies

In the classroom, river studies is folded into all fundamental sciences and offered as electives to upperclass students. Classes are rich in field studies, authentic scientific inquiry, project-based learning, and service.

Our Environmental Issues class presented research at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). Students were challenged to identify a problem (real or imaginative), and work through potential solutions over the course of the trimester, heightening critical-thinking, leadership, and team-building skills. Following the presentation, students engaged with enthusiastic female scientists, further building STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) self-efficacy.

Outdoor Adventure

The River Program offers a wide range of outdoor activities and adventures, including afternoon and weekend events through SOAK (Scottie Outdoor Adventure Krew), our popular River Days, and educational trips during Minimester. Students participate in team-building exercises, water sports and recreation, physical fitness, camping, service projects, and have lots of fun while developing awareness, and deep appreciation for our natural resources.

Global Sustainability

Our River Program encourages environmental preservation and lifelong stewardship. Campus sustainability, environmental service, and community engagement are the three pillars of our shared vision. Examples of how our girls live as environmental stewards include, testing water quality, building an on-campus rainscape retrofit, and recycling.







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