All forms listed on this page for the Adopt A River Schools program including monitoring forms, evaluations, and grant applications should be sent to our education staff.
Please fill out and turn in one of each of the following monitoring forms each time your school visits the Chicago River. The chemistry values should represent the average values found by all groups, and the macroinvertebrate survey should include all types macroinvertebrates found throughout the entire day.
Whenever you monitor chemistry or macros, please make sure to always fill out a habitat assessment data sheet. The habitat information helps give context to your chemistry or macroinvertebrate data. Data can be directly uploaded to the Watershed Community Report, or send it to us and we'll do it for you.
Annual Planning Document
Please complete this document before Dec. 2021 (one per school)
Teacher River Survey
Please complete this survey after each in-class presentation or field trip (one per teacher)
Take this survey online
During the 2021-2022 school year Friends of the Chicago River will not be providing money for AARS schools to purchase river equipment and buses. Schools are also encouraged to apply for travel & bus money through the IDNR's biodiversity field trip grant program. The Forest Preserves of Cook County Volunteer Resources Center and Chicago Public Schools also have limited money available for service-learning trips. Please contact our education staff, if you have questions.
“Our students feel they have something that they can control in this world, where most things are out of their control. They are taking control over their environment, by protecting our natural resources.”