Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for a group paddle day?

  1. Find the day and stretch of river you would like to paddle. Info on the reaches can be found here. Be sure you have the proper paddling ability for the day you choose to join.
  2. Go to Eventbrite and Register for the ticket (date and reach) you would like to join.
  3. Start a Fundraising Campaign to raise the remaining $100 (that’s asking 10 friends to give you $10 🙂
    1. a) Create your own fundraising page in association with the campaign. Customize your Fundraising Page with photos, your story, and emails to your family, friends, and colleagues. Be sure to check out some tips for fundraising here!
    2. b) If you don’t want to create your own page, send your family, friends, and colleagues directly to the Rivers for Change campaign page and make sure your Donor types your name in the “leave a message for Rivers for Change” text box so you get credit for that donation!

Please do not plan to join our group on any of the guest paddler reaches if you have not registered as a guest paddler.  This will compromise our ability to provide adequate safety for our group. We certainly welcome anyone to join our on shore educational presentations.

Why do I need to fundraise? Where does my money go?
Fundraising helps support Rivers for Change’s mission to connect people to rivers through Source to Sea Adventure. Donations raised through your fundraising will be used first and foremost for direct costs associated with the event; a series of in-class room presentations, on-shore events with students and local communities, and the paddling adventure for student ambassadors along the Upper Truckee River to its terminus in Pyramid Lake. Total costs are expected to range from between $20,000 to $25,000 depending on participant interest level and staff/volunteer capacity. Any funding raised over the amount needed for this event, will be used for seed money to plan and execute the next Source to Sea Event in 2018 (river TBD). All guest paddlers are expected to raise individual donations of $100 in addition to registration fees.

How do I create a fundraising page?
Thank you for wanting to create a fundraising page! This is a fun way to gain support and easily track how much money you’ve raised and send a link to encourage family and friends to support the cause!

  1. After you Register through Eventbrite, you’ll be redirected to GroupRev.
  2. You can share the link to have your friends, family and colleagues donate directly to the Rivers for Change’s Team page or if you’d like to track and promote your own page you can create your own fundraising page.
  3. Customize your fundraising page including Communication to family, friends, and colleagues. You can personalize an automatic email that goes out using an integrated Drip Campaign, and don’t forget to personalize your Thank you message as well!

Fundraising Tips:

WRITE A LETTER: When you come from the heart about what you are about to do, people listen and want to help! Write a little bit about why you want to be a part of this adventure. Write about why you love to paddle. Write about why rivers, or the Truckee in particular is important. Why not put a note about wanting to support an organization, Rivers for Change, whose sole purpose is to connect people to rivers and inspire stewards of us all.

ASK EVERYONE: Seriously, ask every single person you know. You’re not used to this, but once you get over the first hurdle it becomes easier.

FOLLOW UP: People are busy, reminders are nice. Set up automatic emails through your fundraising page communication tab at specific time intervals over the next month.

OTHER IDEAS: Change your outgoing voicemail message~ Put a note on your Facebook page, or Tweet it!~ Change your email’s signature to include the link to your fundraising page~ Throw a fundraising party on a donation entry~ Announce to your training group~ Ask your workplace about corporate giving for charitable causes, featuring you in a newsletter!~ If your birthday is coming up, ask for donations in lieu of gifts~ Create a fundraising challenge at work, with a prize donated by the workplace~ Place a Rivers for “Change” Jar on the counter at work/home/church/men’s group/gym~ Put out a curse jar to collect those damn dollars~ Offer a kayak/surfski/SUP lesson in exchange~ Garage Sale clean-out is good for you in so many ways~ Ask all the professionals you pay well: Doctor, Chiropractor, Dentist, Attorney, Investment Banker, Insurance Agent~ Have a theme party dinner. Entry $20~ Church bulletin~ Your kids’ parents (Ha! But really!)

Our friends at Tuolumne River Trust also have some great fundraising tips for individuals.

How do I support a paddler?: You can donate to support Rivers for Change or to support an individual core team paddler, student ambassador team paddler, or guest paddler by searching for their name on our fundraising site.

I’m not a paddler but I’d still like to get involved:
We are finalizing dates and locations for several on-land locations for gatherings and Educational events. Please check back soon to our Truckee Events page and keep an eye on our Facebook page for announcements. You can also donate (see above post).

Do I have to wear a life jacket?

YES! It is required that you wear a Coast Guard type III approved inherently buoyant vest style life jacket, on the whitewater sections. Coast Guard regulations apply on the Lake Tahoe paddle.   If life jackets are carried (not worn) on single or double crafts, leashes will be required.

Can I get a refund?

Once you have registered, your entry fee is non-refundable. In the event of a natural disaster or flood, you may receive partial refund on your registration fee. The amount returned in event of natural disaster will be determined based on the expenses paid in preparation prior to the event.

How will the high water affect this trip?:

Your safety is our utmost concern. We retain the right to reschedule specific reaches depending on the level of flows, including the day of the event.

Where can I find out more information about the Truckee River?

Great question! Learning about your local river is a wonderful step to getting more involved with its health and wellbeing! Find out more here and be sure to check out some of the amazing work our local partners are involved with.