Student Congress

The Congress brings students together to share knowledge and celebrate each other's efforts to improve the Chicago River.

Individual Students or Whole Classes

You're invited!

Please come to the 2018 Chicago River Student Congress. It’s a special conference where students come together to celebrate the Chicago River. Students can share their knowledge, experiences and enthusiasm with their peers. Students attend informative workshops and view displays created by other students and by professionals from local colleges, non-profits and government agencies.

Free Food & a Free T-Shirt!

If you can’t come to the Congress, but know of another teacher / person / group who might – please share this invitation with them.

Congress Invitation & Registration
Registration form only
Student flyerSave the Date, and Poster
Event Instructions & Map

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Taft High School, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, Illinois  60631

This Year’s Theme:
Missing, Presumed Eaten: A Chicago River Mystery

Something’s missing from this year’s Congress. Can you follow the clues and unravel the secret surrounding a mysterious disappearance of an important river animal?

Come teach a workshop, or just attend

Workshops and exhibits should highlight your experiences with the river in some way. We all play a vital role to safeguard the health of the river’s ecosystems for plants, animals, and people. Other topics may also be accepted, but we prefer they fit our theme.

Call Mark Hauser at (312) 939-0490 ext. 11, if you have any questions.

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Students from Gage Park High School take a bow after putting on a skit about water quality

“It was definitely an eye-opener for me. It was great to see students' hard work on display, and I can't wait for my students to represent themselves at next year's Student Congress.”

Efunyemi Vertus, Young Women’s Leadership Charter School