Swarovski Waterschool USA Mississippi River at NGRREC NGRREC is the headquarters to Swarovski Waterschool, the first and only of its kind in North America. The primary goal of this program is to educate people living alongside the Mississippi River about the human connection to and reliance on healthy and functioning river ecosystems. We hope to not only educate students but also inspire them to positively impact their communities. The Swarovski Waterschool is currently conducting lessons with local high school students from the Upward Bound program as well as offering several weeks of Camp Waterschool for students ages 9-15 during the summer. Applications are also being accepted for our free Swarovski Waterschool teacher workshop being held at NGRREC this summer. Teachers attending these workshops will receive training, a free educator toolkit, professional development hours and opportunities for funding support for community engagement activities. Backpack Buddies In Fall 2016, we launched a project aimed at empowering Illinois students to make a positive impact on the lives of fellow students downriver, providing support for flood victims in Louisiana, and creating a dialogue between the two, based on mutual experiences and understanding. Learn about the program through our interactive storymap below.