Science Saturdays for Families

Avoid the summer brain drain—round up the family and embark on a Science Saturday excursion on our 94-foot green riverboat classroom!

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On the second Saturday of June, July, and August, River of Steel’s educators invite families to join them for interactive, hands-on workshops that explore our rivers’ ecosystems. Each month highlights a different theme, including watersheds, adaptations and aquatic habitats!

June 8: Watersheds
Join us for hands-on activities and learn about Pittsburgh’s place in the Ohio River Basin. Explore the difference between point versus non-point source pollution and the relationship between watersheds and water quality.

July 13: Adaptations
Rivers can be a challenging place to live. Join Rivers of Steel to learn about the strange and unique adaptations of some of the native fish and macroinvertebrates who call the three rivers their home. Examine the feet and beak shapes of native waterfowl who rely on river organisms for food.

August 10: Aquatic Habitats
River habitats can vary from cold mountain streams to warm, wide rivers that allow for boat navigation. Learn about the river types and which fish prefer mountain streams and which can be found in larger rivers. Investigate the river’s photic zone and discover the creatures that live there.

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On the Explorer Riverboat

Hours & Admission*

While kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy the cruise, program content is recommended for ages 8+. Children are required to have a parent or guardian with them.

Child (ages 4 – 17)

$13

Adult

$25

*Space is limited. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance.

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Location & Directions

The Explorer riverboat docks on Pittsburgh’s North Shore near the headwaters of the Ohio River and adjacent to the Carnegie Science Center.

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What to Know Before You Go

Rivers of Steel maintains a family atmosphere on the Explorer. Please be advised of these tips and guidelines to ensure your best possible experience.

Food & Beverages: Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Water coolers are available on each deck.  Alcoholic drinks are prohibited on sightseeing tours and workshops. Smoking / vaping is prohibited at all times.

Accessibility: The Explorer riverboat and its home dock are ADA accessible, which includes an ADA restroom onboard, as well an elevator to navigate between the boat’s decks. Handicapped parking is available nearby at the Carnegie Science Center.

Photography: Photography is encouraged!  However, for safety reasons videography and drones are prohibited.

Admission: Unless otherwise noted, all admissions are ticketed. By purchasing admission tickets, all visitors consent to be photographed.

Duration & Arrival:  Guests may board Explorer one-half hour before their tour is scheduled to depart. The Science Saturday workshops are is scheduled to be two hours.  Guests should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time, as the program will begin promptly. Should we encounter river traffic, the excursion could be extended by as much as 15 minutes on the back end.

Weather Policy: Programs are rain or shine. Rivers of Steel will cancel a workshop if inclement weather poses a threat to our guests or our vessel. In the event of unsafe river conditions, severe weather conditions, or mechanical failure or as required by U.S. Coast Guard, other regulatory or governmental agency, our captain reserves the right to stay at dock or if the vessel is underway to return to dock. In such instances, refunds or exchanges can be issued for tickets purchased in advance.

For more information, contact education@riversofsteel.com.

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