The Mobile River

The Mobile River brings a water-science-center-on-wheels and classroom curriculum directly to the schools of 7th graders in the Texas Colorado River basin. Launched in 2015 in partnership with the Austin Independent School District (AISD) and Austin Water, the Mobile River program features interactive models and fun, educational videogames housed inside a 42-foot trailer.

It is critically important for Austin’s children, our future leaders, to understand the value of water and the Colorado River. The Mobile River teaches these concepts and has fun doing it. We are proud to partner on such a successful and impactful program.
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Click here to try one of the custom videogames made for the Mobile River.

School Visits

The Mobile River program brings a museum-quality exhibit to middle schools across the watershed and equips teachers to deliver up to three in-classroom lessons covering the topics of Texas ecoregions and weathering, runoff and infiltration, and water conservation.  All lessons are TEKS aligned and use hands-on materials to facilitate critical-thinking and encourage the use of scientific techniques.

The Mobile River currently visits all AISD middle schools and spends one to two weeks every semester visiting schools upstream and downstream of Austin.  Due to the volume of schools we visit the fulfillment of visitation requests cannot be guaranteed, but we are happy to consider schools outside of AISD on a case-by-case basis.

For scheduling inquiries, please contact our Program Manager, Lauren Bos.

Public and Private Events

The exhibit frequently appears at large community events in Austin and across the Colorado River basin, such as festivals and county fairs.  Keep scrolling to see if we’ll be in your area soon!

If you are interested in having the Mobile River make an appearance at your event, please contact Program Manager, Lauren Bos.  Note that we only consider events within the Texas Colorado River watershed and accept requests on a case-by-case basis.

Community Impact and Upcoming Events

As of September 2018 over 30,000 Texans in Central Texas and across the Colorado River basin have learned about protecting and preserving their water resources well into the future, thanks to the Mobile River program.

Catch the Mobile River at these upcoming events:

  • Friday, September 6 & Saturday, September 7, 2019: Colorado County Fair at Colorado County Fairgrounds, Columbus TX
  • Saturday, October 19, 2019: Refuge Round-up at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
  • Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6, 2019: Bay City Rice Festival at Matagorda County Fairgrounds, Bay City TX

Thank you to our partners who supported the development and creation of the Texas Colorado River Rolling Exhibit: