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.

River Rally 2017 Field Trip (c) Gail Heffner

Check out the 2018 Program Brochure for a full listing of workshops, field trips, and other programmatic highlights!

River Rally 2018 Workshops Themes

River Rally provides unique spaces in which river and water champions from across the country come together to learn from experts and one another, especially through concurrent workshops. This year’s workshop themes are:

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, and join us for a Wild and Scenic Rivers meeting on April 29th, right before River Rally kicks off.  (Sign up to attend when you register for Rally.)

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 sessions – will include time for presentation and interactive or group activities, as well as opportunities for audience Q&A.

25 minute sessions – fast-paced presentations on highly focused topics.

Workshop + field trip – workshop with a coordinated hands-on activity or site visit.