River Program

St. Margaret's – a river school, not just a school on the river

The overarching goal of the River Program is to render St. Margaret's as a river school, where the Rappahannock – as a still pristine icon of the great outdoors and natural environments in need of our protection – is central to our identity and culture.

Helping us stay the course and build on our legacy program this year will be 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 more. He summed it up well in the following acronym:

Our River....





Rolls through our past, present and future

River Studies

The river is my classroom. #girlsdoscience

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

In 2015, students in Environmental Issues were given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present research at VIMS (Virginia Institute of Marine Science). The class was challenged to identify a problem (real or imaginative) and to work through potential solutions over the course of the trimester, heightening students’ critical-thinking, leadership, and team-building skills. Following the presentation, students had engaging interactions with several enthusiastic young female scientists, further building STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) self-efficacy in girls’ education – one of many ultimate goals.

Outdoor Adventure

The River Program offers activities and adventures galore for the outdoor enthusiast: afternoon and weekend activities through SOAK (Scottie Outdoor Adventure Krew), award-winning River Days, and educational trips during Minimester. Students participate in team-building exercises, water sports and recreation, physical fitness, camping, and service projects in an effort to develop an appreciation for the outdoors and become lifelong stewards of its preservation – all while having a blast!

Global Sustainability

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

St. Margaret's Announces Plans for 2017 Summer Camps

St. Margaret's rolls out summer plans to offer day and overnight camp options: a one-week program for boys and girls 5-12 and two-week program for girls 12-18. Both are aimed to enrich campers' summer experience by helping them to discover new talents, have fun learning, and make lifelong memories.

Exciting for local families, in particular, St. Margaret's is reviving the popular day camp for boys and girls 5-12! At St. Margaret's Kids Camp, each day is a new adventure as campers indulge in good old-fashioned summer fun. Campers will participate in a mix of arts and crafts, river activities, sports, an all-day field trip, and more. Parents and grandparents can rest assured their little ones will stay busy during a fun-filled day at camp. There will be two Monday-Friday sessions in 2017: July 3-7 and July 10-14. Kids Camp is $200/session, and registration is $35.

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