• School Programs – FRWA offers one-day or one event presentations to meet the specific requests of various organizations: municipalities, school groups, garden clubs, and other community organizations. Contact Heather Geist if you have any education questions.
  • Lesson Plans – FRWA helped develop free, river-based Online Lesson Plans for elementary, middle, and high school teachers! Professionally developed lesson plans that complement the state standards and bring the amazing history, culture, and ecology of the Farmington Valley into the classroom.
  • Publications – Our Farmington River Guide (the only one available) offers a wealth of up-to-date information on boating, fish and wildlife, historic features and geologic structures. We also produce the FRWA News, a quarterly newsletter reporting on current river issues and opportunities to get involved in our work.
  • Canoe Trips – For over twenty years, we’ve hosted an interpreted annual canoe trip series with archaeologists, botanists, ecologists, historians, and ornithologists lending their expertise to provide special opportunities to experience, enjoy, and learn about the river. FRWA also hosts canoe trips for camps and students, check our events for canoe trips.
  • River Cleanups – On the last Saturday in September, hundreds of FRWA volunteers collect and recycle trash found along the river and its tributaries. In 2005, 250+ volunteers collected over 6,800 lbs. of trash from the banks of the Farmington and Pequabuck rivers. Keep an eye on our events page for the annual Source to Sea river clean up.

Online Activities and Resources

There are several informative and interactive online resources provided by other organizations.

NALMS (North American Lake Management Society) – Your Lake and You with Simple, Concrete Steps You Can Take in Your Home, Yard, and Community to Protect Your Lake. You can also visit the NALMS website here.

What is a Watershed? –  The Connecticut River Conservancy helps protect the Connecticut River watershed. With the Farmington River being a major tributary of the Connecticut River, we are connected. The CRC has educational videos explaining what a watershed is. Visit their website here.

Leaf Pack Network – a simulation game, Leaf Pack Network Simulation where you conduct a virtual stream study to investigate different types of streams, from forested to urban, to determine stream health through habitat, macroinvertebrates, and chemistry.


Watershed Detective – a game by Nutrien where you analyze different water samples, see what it contains, identify causes and evaluate potential remedies. A great way to learn interactively from the comfort of your home. Be a ‘Watershed Detective‘ and see if you can solve it within the time limit!

The Atlas of Common Freshwater Macroinvertebrates of Eastern North America – explore different macroinvertebrates of North America and learn how to identify them based on their distinct features. Visit the website here.