River Rally

Hosted annually by River Network, River Rally provides an inspiring and energy-infused touchpoint for nonprofit groups from across the U.S. and beyond, as well as for agency and foundation representatives, industry innovators, philanthropists, academics, students, and community leaders. We bring thought leaders and practitioners together to accelerate progress towards an equitable and sustainable water future.

In 2020, we went virtual! Our engaging and fun virtual program ran for three weeks, beginning May 18. Each week featured ‘live’ content including plenaries, workshops, discussions, and inspiring reflections from award recipients, along with more informal social opportunities to connect. Content also addressed how we are adapting to a world transformed by COVID-19. This was not the same as our typical River Rally, but left participants inspired nonetheless.

“Thank you, River Rally, for adapting and going virtual. I’m new to water activism and fell in love with the cause the minute I met the founder of Texas Health and Environment Alliance (THEA) based out of Houston. I was looking forward to meeting all y’all in person to get high off your energy but this virtual experience is just as awesome.”

-Sahar Paz, THEA; Virtual Rally participant

With this format, we are able to provide all registrants with two additional months of ‘on-demand’ access to workshops, movies and other content, which you can view at your own pace, and opportunities for continued engagement with peers across the country.

And now, premium River Network members have access too! Click here to learn more, become a River Network premium member, and access over 100 hours of content.

For additional information on the decision to move River Rally to a virtual experience, please click here to read Nicole Silk’s statement from March 12.


Registration for Virtual River Rally is now closed. To access recorded, on-demand content from Virtual River Rally, become a premium member of River Network.


Explore the River Rally 2020 program, including workshops and plenary topics.  See the program


Corporations, local businesses, and foundations are invited to join us as a River Rally sponsor.
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River Rally 2019 attendees. Photo by Benjamin Colon.
Thanks to generous supporters, we can provide support to water leaders around the country each year! The 2020 application period is now closed.

Registration Info & Important Dates

June 4: Last day of live Virtual River Rally programming

June 5: Continue exploring On Demand Content in the Virtual River Rally platform for two additional months

July 1: River Rally 2021 call for workshops and River Hero nominations opens

August 14: Last day to access On Demand Content in the Virtual River Rally platform

See What Rally’s Like!

Curious about Rally? In Cleveland for River Rally 2019, approximately half of registrants were attending for the first time. We provide a welcoming space for newcomers to get to know our network and eagerly greet those who have attended before as old friends. To learn more about the Rally experience, click here and check out the 2019 River Rally Photo Gallery to see what you’ve been missing.

“The conference was terrific. Substantive, engaging, welcoming, broad-thinking, bold in its address of underlying humanness… As a newcomer, this was a great way of getting to know, and become a part of, our community.

-David Brotman, Friends of the N. Fork Shenandoah River

Thank you to our 2020 River Rally sponsors and supporters!