2018 Truckee River Source To Sea
Educational Paddling Adventure

June 1st-3rd, 2018
&
June 8th-10th, 2018

 

We are excited to announce the repeat of the Truckee River Source to (Inland) Sea Educational Paddling Adventure, in 2018!  For the 2018 event we are planning on exploring six sections of the Truckee River from above Lake Tahoe to its terminus in Pyramid Lake, with a team of 14 student ambassadors. 

New this year, we are also inviting corporate and business paddling teams to join our Student Ambassador Team on part of their learning adventure and paddling project.  

 

About
The journey will begin on the Upper Truckee River on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, across Lake Tahoe, and continue along the Truckee River from Tahoe City to its terminus in Pyramid Lake, Nevada. We are engaging communities and schools within the watershed and along the river through hands-on interaction, educational events, and paddling adventure. We will highlight the unique ecological values and conservation efforts affecting the river, within the context of the entire watershed.

We also will be organizing several on-shore learning events as part of the journey. Information on locations, partners and environmental learning focus coming soon.  These on-shore events will facilitate in-depth interaction with a variety of our river & watershed stewardship partners.

We are currently reaching out for volunteers, new Student Ambassador Team members, and local corporate and business sponsors. Please click on the links below to find out more.

 

Student Ambassadors
A team of student ambassadors representing multiple middle schools located along the Truckee River watershed will explore six uniquely different sections of the Truckee River during this Source To Sea project. 2017 student ambassadors are currently giving presentations at their respective schools about their experience last year.  We are soliciting applications for new members through the science teachers at these schools, but you can also enquire directly with RFC if you have a child of middle school age that lives in the Truckee River Watershed that is interested in participating in this adventure.  Please click on the following link for our student ambassador application.

2018 Student Ambassador Application

 

Corporate/Business Sponsors
There are several opportunities for corporate/business paddling teams to participate on a key leg of this journey with the student ambassador team.  Participation can be used as a team building exercise as well as a way for your organization to learn more about your backyard river and watershed. Corporate paddling team options include; a scenic paddle along the west shore of Lake Tahoe, navigating a fun whitewater section between Tahoe City and Reno, and floating through a restored reach of the Truckee River below Reno.  You can also provide direct financial support for student ambassador team scholarships or an on-shore learning event. Please visit the Sponsorship page to get more information about sponsorship opportunities.  

 

Volunteers
The specific need we have for volunteers for this event are:

  • Kayak Safety Boaters: Ideally a competent class III or IV kayaker with a solid eskimo roll.
  • Videographer/Photographer: To capture and organize high quality imagery during the event, including student ambassador interviews.
  • Tahoe Safety Boat:  Motorized boat and driver to provide support for outrigger canoes, as we paddle along the shore of Lake Tahoe.

 

Our Project Director Sue Norman  has a lifetime of experience on rivers as well as in watershed conservation and restoration.  If you wish to be on a mailing list to receive direct information updates about this event, or have questions about membership on the Student Ambassador Team, becoming a sponsor or partner or helping as a volunteer, please contact Sue – sue (at) riversforchange (dot) org

You can also follow our Facebook page and this website for bi-monthly updates on how to get engaged in the Truckee River Source To Sea Environmental Learning Adventure and Paddling Project.