Project WHIRL is a teen environmental education program initiated by the IRLC in 2019. The program aims to bring together environmentalists of different ages and experiences to learn from one another and to grow a community of people principled around protecting water quality, especially within the Indian River Lakes Watershed.
WHIRL stands for “Water and Habitat on the Indian River Lakes,” and our alumni and participants take the title of “WHIRL Protectors.”
Our Summer 2023 Program will open for enrollment in June 2022 for ages 14-18. During the program, Students will explore the watershed and its geology, kayak on the local lakes, have hands-on experience studying water quality via natural indicators, and learn about invasive species like Eurasian Watermilfoil. Thanks to the generous community of business partners, the Sweetgrass Foundation, and our members, the program is free to participants.
To sign up for summer 2023, click here. We will call you to answer questions and finalize your sign-up.
Club WHIRL is a sister program to our summer-long program. Club WHIRL events occur several times in the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Some examples of events include Bass-Stocking, Ice-Fishing, and Orienteering. Attend just one or all of the sessions. Check out our upcoming events >>
To inquire about summer enrollment or attending an event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315-482-4757.
The main tenets of Project WHIRL:
Experiential Learning: Project WHIRLers can expect to engage in activities such as water sampling and searching for invasive aquatic species. Students will get a chance to visit Clarkson University and participate in WHIRL’s Community Outreach Day.
Collaborative: Many partners have come together to provide expertise for this project. Water quality is a complex topic, and it affects us all.
Impactful: This project reaches beyond research and into action. WHIRLers will get a chance to actually implement water management techniques.
Unique: Explore, ask questions, and discover nature up close. This isn’t your everyday classroom.
Watertown Daily Times – For WHIRL graduates, learning about watersheds is a natural – 2022
Thousand Islands Sun – Students learn about water, habitat on the Indian River lakes – 2022
IRLC Newsletter – Teens Learn to Love the Lakes – Fall 2022
Clarkson Professor Diana White Research – Project WHIRL 2021 with video
Thousand Islands Life – Explore the Indian River Lakes Conservancy – 2021
FORCES Friends of Recreation, Conservation, and Environmental Stewardship Newsletter – Fall 2019
NNY360 – Project WHIRL students teach community about water quality, invasive species – 2019