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Action: Develop educational materials for people of all ages to learn more about the past, present, and future of the river corridor; natural resource protection; and the wildlife and water of the LA River.

People learn in different ways. Some are more visual or aural learners, while others are more physical or verbal learners.

Some learn through individual explorations, others through directed group experiences. Ensuring people of all ages can fully embrace the deep history and vibrant present of the LA River will require acknowledging and addressing various learning styles, paces, and forums.

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specific, tangible ways to reach the goal

  • Develop sample curricula for teachers of students of different ages to use when bringing their classes to the river or to learn about the LA River in their classrooms.
  • Develop self-guided educational tours that engage and educate in cultural heritage, the arts, architecture, and the history of the built and natural environment.
  • Increase public understanding of ecosystem function and awareness of habitat and ecosystem health along the LA River.
  • Develop and implement an educational program on river water quality.
  • Coordinate with river staff programs to provide educational tours that feature traditional ecological knowledge.
  • Consult with local Native American Tribal governments and work with Native American communities to develop a curriculum telling the history of the local Tribes and Indigenous Peoples whose lives and traditions depend on the LA River.
  • Collaborate with local artists and cultural historians on the development of education materials and initiatives.
  • Coordinate with public information and participation program managers to provide educational materials on stormwater, water quality, multi-use projects, and other topics.
  • Use curriculum, tours, and discussions to improve environmental literacy and foster cultural understanding of the interconnectedness of historical, present, and future narratives.
Individuals from community sit around table and laugh together.
Working with educational institutions allow for community members to engage with and learn from one another.
Brant Brogan, LACMA Sketchbook Class, 2015. Source License: .
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