What is River Rally like?

River Rally is a national conference that provides an infusion of learning, inspiration, and celebration for water protectors including representatives from nonprofit organizations, tribes, government agencies, and businesses. The joyful and deeply moving experience of River Rally combats feelings of isolation, overwhelm, and burnout for network members working at the intersection of water and justice by building knowledge and skills, diversifying perspectives and solutions, recognizing achievements within the network, and strengthening connections.

The 4-day conference includes dozens of engaging sessions, plenary and keynote events, networking opportunities, and a half-day of field trips that encourage attendees to get out and experience the great work happening in the host city.

Built by and for the national network of water, justice, and river advocates, River Rally ignites collective action and power for the years ahead.

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, watch the 2022 highlights video above and click here and see what you’ve been missing!

When and where is River Rally 2024?

River Rally 2024 will take place in person from May 13-16, 2024, at the L.V. Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The venue is located at 301 Fulton St. West, on the Grand River. Hotel reservation information will be made available when River Rally registration opens in December 2023.

How can I stay up to date on important River Rally dates and deadlines?

Sign up for the River Network mailing list to be notified of important River Rally events including the call for award nominations, open call for session proposals, registration deadlines, and more. Be sure to select “River Rally” in your preferences!

When can I register for River Rally 2024?

Registration for River Rally 2024 will open in October 2023. Sign up for our mailing list and select “River Rally Updates” to get all River Rally related notifications.

What discounts are available to attend River Rally?

Premium members (organizations and individuals) receive 40% off River Rally registration, in addition to many other member benefits. Check your organization’s premium membership status here.

Thanks to our generous sponsors and supporters, River Network is able to provide a limited number of scholarships to water, justice, and river advocates who would not otherwise be able to attend River Rally. River Network also subsidizes registration for on-site volunteers. The scholarship and volunteer application periods will open in October 2023.

How can I be included in the River Rally 2024 program?

River Network will open the call for session proposals in September 2023. Here, you can submit proposals for workshop, presentation, discussion, and other session types where you can share your work with the River Rally community and get some great insights in exchange. In the meantime, help the River Network team determine which session types to prioritize by telling us what you want to learn at River Rally 2024.

Email Donyel Johnson at djohnson@rivernetwork.org to get in touch about supporting River Rally 2024.

Additional Information

Photography and Filming: River Rally will have a professional photographer and/or videographer. Your attendance at River Rally events may be documented and your registration indicates consent to have any images or footage featuring you at River Rally to be used by River Network in related marketing materials, including on our website. Should images or footage appear in marketing materials that you don’t wish to be featured in, you must notify River Network in writing and River Network will cease to further use your image or footage in any new materials. Please send a request in writing to: River Network, Attn: Marketing, P.O. Box 21387, Boulder, CO 80308.