River Program

Learning comes naturally in our innovative River Program where girls explore, engage with the environment, and connect with the beautiful natural resources surrounding our school.

Our River Program teaches the core sciences and is offered as an elective to upperclass students. Partnering with regional environmental organizations, classes are rich in field studies, authentic scientific inquiry, project-based learning, and service. We also hold on-campus River Day events for all class levels and take trips across the Chesapeake Bay watershed where girls have fun outdoors and form strong bonds as they learn about science and nature.

An after-school activity, Outdoor Adventures is open to all students during the first and third trimesters. It is also a component of our River Program that promotes an appreciation for the outdoors, helps instill self-confidence, teaches important skills, and promotes service learning. Students can expect to be outdoors on or near the Rappahannock River every day, rain or shine. Activities include kayaking, hiking, learning map and compass skills, monitoring water quality, helping remove invasive plant species, tracking wildlife with game cameras, bird identification, and much more.

Our River Program encourages environmental preservation and lifelong stewardship. Sustainability, environmental service, and community engagement are the three pillars of our shared vision. Examples of how our girls learn to live as environmental stewards include building an on-campus rainscape, recycling, and through participating in citizen science projects.
Join us on the river and become an explorer.
The river is our classroom and our playground.
St. Margaret's School
P.O. Box 158
Tappahannock, VA 22560
T: 804-443-3357
Episcopal girls' school for boarding and day, grades 8-12, and postgraduate, on the banks of the Rappahannock River in Virginia.