RRF is developing a Student Stewards program that will engage in-coming freshman at the new University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee RiverView Residence Hall and a crew of diverse high school students living within the City of Milwaukee. Participants will experience hands-on restoration and stewardship activities in the Milwaukee River valley. Removal of invasive plant species and planting of native plants and trees will occur.
In addition, college students will be paired with and mentor high school students during the summer internship program. The goal of this project is to increase the number of minority urban students within the project area involved in environmental protection and conservation issues. The outcomes expected are increased awareness and appreciation for the river and its habitat, understanding of river systems and our impact on water quality. Exposure to college students and the university will also strengthen ideas about pursuing a college education and associated careers. This program will also encourage ongoing management of the Milwaukee River valley, a primary goal of the Foundation, and the Milwaukee River Work Group.