Since 1995, the Traidhos Barge Program has been providing high quality outdoor experiential education.
Back in 1994, Thai architect ML Tridhosyuth Devakul had a vision of creating a floating school that would provide the young people of Thailand with an experience that would both alert them to the problems facing the Chao Phraya River, and inspire them to act to improve and restore it to its previous ecological health.
Through a collaboration with the Chewonki Foundation, a leading environmental education institution in the United States, he purchased and renovated a twenty metre teak rice barge, turning its empty hull into a floating living and learning laboratory and spearheading the launching of a highly innovative education program for Thailand.
The first trips began in January 1995, with participants coming from both Thai schools and universities as well as Thailand-based international schools.
During the late 1990s, ML Tri donated the Chao Phraya Barge Program to Khunying Chodchoy Sopophanich the President of the Thai NGO 'Thai Environment and Community Development Association' ( TECDA) and the Program became known as the 'Magic Eyes Chao Phraya Barge Program' or 'Magic Eyes'. The Program grew steadily to have a good reputation amongst the International School community. Collaboration with Thai artists, resulted in Art on the River Programs and subsequent art exhibitions which generated income to bring Thai Schools on trips to experience barge and art activities.
In August 2005, Khunying Chodchoy returned the Barge to ML Tri, also the founder of Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning. The barge found its new home under the Traidhos Three-Generation umbrella and has become known as Traidhos Three-Generation Barge Program.
By the time the barge program turned fifteen in 2010, it was operating as a watershed program with student activities at the source of the Ping in Chiang Mai, in the forest environments of Khao Yai, and at marine environments to consider habitats where rivers meet the sea.
The Program continued to evolve and add programs to consider the role of the river in Thai history and culture. A River Guardians project, sponsored by SUNY Buffalo took place with Thai schools situated along the Chao Phraya River.
In 2015 the barge celebrated twenty years of operation, having provided the opportunity for over 55,000 students to consider their impact on the environment and their connection to the natural world. Past participants were starting to apply to be Barge facilitators - the importance of understanding that sustainable choices never more important.