Connecting young people to the River Dee through fun, hands on activities linked to the Curriculum for Excellence.

Each year over 400 local children enjoy visits to the banks of the River Dee, learning more about the importance of the river and the wildlife that depend on it.

Our IntroDee education programme aims to highlight the river’s importance to conservation and the social and economic wellbeing of people in Deeside while integrating outdoor learning into the Curriculum for Excellence.

IntroDee can be tailored to schools' needs and can include a session at a local trout fishery to introduce young people to fishing and encourage the next generation of anglers.

IntroDee is open to all primary schools within the catchment of the River Dee. There are 54 primary schools within the Dee catchment, are you one of them?

Topics Covered by IntroDee

  • The River Dee; its use and importance to wildlife and man
  • Water use, the water cycle, impacts of human activities on the river such as pollution 
  • Wildlife that live in and around the river including native and non-native species 
  • Ecology and biology of the river such as food chains and life cycles of Atlantic salmon and freshwater pearl mussel

 Why take part in IntroDee?

  • IntroDee offers children a chance to learn and gain first-hand experience during outdoor riverbank visits and a trip to Raemoir Trout Fishery near Banchory. 
  • IntroDee links to Curriculum for Excellence and can be tailored to suit school’s needs. 
  • IntroDee is free to schools, apart from the cost of bus travel if required. We may reimburse 50% of transport costs by prior arrangement. 
  • IntroDee is fun!

Visits can be arranged across the catchment and within Aberdeen City, such as by the Dee on Riverside Drive where bus parking, toilets and a wet weather shelter are available.