River Rally Program

Every year, we work hard to put together a program that delivers rich content, engaging speakers, and great field trips in an open and supportive atmosphere conducive to connecting with old colleagues and making new friends. To get an idea of what you can expect from River Rally, take a look at last year’s program.

Call for River Rally 2018 Workshop and Field Trip Proposals

River Rally provides unique spaces in which river and water champions from across the country come together to learn from experts and one another. One of the main ways this happens is through concurrent workshops. If you care about water and have practical knowledge, tools, lessons or solutions to share, we invite you to submit a workshop proposal. Workshops should relate to one or more of the Workshop Themes and fit one of the Workshop Formats listed below.

River Rally 2018 Workshops Themes

Reconnecting to Rivers Through Restoration and Recreation – In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, we invite workshops that highlight the many ways communities and individuals are connecting rivers through recreation and taking action to protect, restore, and conserve water for people and nature. Learn more about the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act 50th anniversary >

Mobilizing For Change Through Policy, Advocacy, and Civic Engagement – Workshops under this theme will focus on protecting bedrock water laws, like the Clean Water Act, highlighting innovative state and local policies, and illuminating local community-led efforts to expand a national water protection movement in times of political turmoil.

Making Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Real – Building on an evolving national conversation on diversity in the environmental movement, we invite workshops that show how to create inclusive and equitable solutions to water problems and approaches for diversifying organizations.

Expanding Impact Through Science, Technology, and Monitoring – Workshops in this track will share innovations, best practices, and success stories about scientific and technical approaches, highlighting tools and resources river and water champions can use to expand their impact on the ground and in their organization.

Sustaining Strong Leaders, Organizations and Coalitions – Workshops under this theme will offer information and skill-building opportunities on leadership and professional development, organizational and financial health, and topics in management, fundraising and communications to help nonprofit board and staff members be more effective in their river and watershed work.

Workshop Formats

90 minute session – should include time for presentation, slides, and any group activities, as well as opportunities for audience Q&A.

25 minute session – fast-paced presentation on a highly focused topic.

Workshop + field trip Рworkshop with a coordinated hands-on activity or site visit. If you are proposing this format, please also submit the Field Trip Proposal form and indicate your workshop title so the forms can be paired in review.

Workshop Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2017

New This Year: Field Trip Proposals!

River Rally 2017 Field Trip (c) Gail Heffner

River Network is seeking local organizations that can highlight recreational opportunities and/or restoration efforts in or around Lake Tahoe to propose field trips for River Rally 2018. In addition to providing Rally attendees with a much-needed brain break, field trips allow participants to experience practical application of work supporting topics discussed in conference workshops, explore and appreciate the beauty of the unique local environment, and network with other attendees to develop and strengthen professional relationships.

Field Trip Proposal Deadline: November 1, 2017