We celebrate Earth Day on The Children’s Hour with students working to save the environment around them. RiverXchange is a program that partners with schools in Albuquerque, which is nestled along the Rio Grande, to create projects that protect our precious environment.

Visit the RiverXchange website to find loads of resources for kids, teachers and parents about how to understand and protect watershed health. 


RiverXchange® Program Overview

  • RiverXchange® students explore local water resources and conservation concerns with water resource professionals and educators from local institutions.

  • Classes receive 4 in-class presentations and a field trip to help students explore these issues.

  • Through our hands-on curriculum, students learn about The Big Water Questions and gain the knowledge they need to decide for themselves what they can do to protect water resources.

  • Students advocate for their local watershed in their community through a service learning action project of interest.

Kids learn how to make the environment around them better using the RiverXchange Project inside their classrooms over the course of a school year, tackling problems like food waste, littering, and planting trees. These kids pictured are working on the problem of food waste.

Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day

We also learn about Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day in the United States, from our friends at PBS Wisconsin Education.

In this episode we hear directly from kids about the impact this program has had on their classrooms, their schools, and themselves. We hear from kids in Albuquerque New Mexico at Zia Elementary School, students in Mr. Rogers’ class at North Valley Academy, and at Mission Avenue Elementary. Many thanks to the kids and teachers who submitted content for this episode. 

Celebrate Earth Day with us, honoring rivers with RiverXchange®.  

This episode is mixed with great music celebrating the Earth, and especially our precious rivers.

This episode was recorded in the field by RiverXchange teachers across Albuquerque, New Mexico. This episode was produced by Senior Producer, Christina Stella with help from Katie Stone, Executive Producer.

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Playlist: Earth Day - Rivers

Earth Day ReggaeMighty DropEarth Day Around The World2023 Daria
By the Rio GrandeTish HinojosaCulture Swing1990 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.
O Rio Tem CachoieraHelio ZiskindPutumayo Kids Presents: Brazillian Playground2007 Putumayo World Music
EverybodyPodington BearCarefree2018 HUSH
New River TrainThe Laurie Berkner BandLaurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs2015 Kidz Bop Enterprises LLC. Distributed by Concord Music Group, Inc., Marketed by Razor & Tie Recordings. Distributed by Concord.
River Come DownSuzi SheltonHand in Hand2018 Susan C. Shelton
The Wheel of the WaterTom ChapinMother Earth2010 Sundance Music
Lie Down in the RiverLevity BeetMy Best Friend Jake Is a Cyborg2017 Levity Beet
River SongGreen Chili Jam BandStarfishing1994 Green Chili Jam Band
EasygoingPodington BearThoughtful2014 HUSH
SlotcarPodington BearSoul2018 HUSH
Peace Like A River (feat. Raffi)Lindsay MunroeI Am Kind2020 Troubadour Music Inc., Under exclusive license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord.
A Shenandoah LullabyDavid Grisman & Jerry GarciaNot for Kids Only1993 Acoustic Disc
Alphabet SoupPodington BearRainy2017 HUSH
The RiverAaron Nigel Smith & Red YarnSmith & Yarn2022 Aya World Productions / Red Yarn's Notebook
Over The RiverThe High LlamasCold And Bouncy1998 Alpaca Park Ltd. / V2 Music Ltd.
Living Water SongWagogo BandaThank You Beautiful2014 Luis Armando Ortega

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