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.

This year, we’re going virtual! Our engaging and fun virtual program will run for three weeks (May 18 – June 7, 2020). Each week will feature ‘live’ content including plenaries, workshops, discussions, and inspiring reflections from award recipients, along with more informal social opportunities to connect. While this may not be quite the same as our typical River Rally, we promise it will leave you recharged and inspired. Content will also include addressing how we are adapting to a world transformed by COVID-19.

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.

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.


Register for virtual River Rally! Premium members get 40% off River Rally registration. Register


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

The cost of registration for Virtual River Rally is $279 ($199 for premium River Network members).

March 31: Virtual River Rally registration opens

April 30: All scholarship applicants notified on the status of their applicants.

May 18: Virtual River Rally begins!

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!