The Rivanna River has new native plant buffers in Darden Towe Park, thanks to the efforts of a group of eighth-grade science students tasked with studying the river’s water quality as part of a Youth-Nex- and DuBarry Foundation-funded project.
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Students celebrated their work studying water quality and devising a solution to problems caused by construction in the park.
U.Va. professors Sara Rimm-Kaufman and Eileen Merritt of the Curry School of Education received a grant from Youth-Nex, the U.Va. Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, to study the effects of engaging the students in this service-learning program.
“Many students do not have opportunities to spend time outdoors engaged in solving real-world problems,” Merritt said.