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“What river are you from?”

By experiencing our river, we discover our roots, our heritage, our geography, our ecology, our economy… and we better understand our world.

The journey the River Dart makes from where it rises on Dartmoor, to where it completes its journey out to sea, provides a continuous narrative throughout your time with us.  Our programmes provide place-based learning and adventure through which the landscape around our very special River Dart comes alive.

We explore how the changing geology, ecology and geography of the watershed has informed how our communities, economies and cultures have evolved over time, and what clues they hold for our potentially sustainable future.  As we rediscover all this we find real meaning to what it means to be ‘local’.

We encourage all participants to reflect back on their own river. When getting to know each other, we ask ‘what River are you from?’

By the time it came to the edge of the Forest the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river, and, being grown up, it  did not run and jump and sparkle along at it used to when it was younger, but moved more slowly.  For it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, “There is no hurry. We shall get there one day.” But all the streams higher up in the Forest went this way and that, quickly, eagerly, having so much to find out before it was too late.

from The one in which Pooh invents a new game and Eeyore joins in by AA Milne.

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