2020 Events

August 30th, 2020 5 pm PST: Register for Episode 3: Source to Sea Stories: Science & Conservation — Saving Salmon Country, The Story of Dam Removal on the Klamath River

Sept 3rd, 2020 6:30-9:30 pm PST: Register for a Full Moon Fundraising Paddle with Sea Trek Cares. Join us on the water for a moonlit paddle on the Bay for a fundraiser for our Source to Sea Grants and Source to Sea School Scholarship program.

Sept 5th-Coastal Cleanup Day Paddle in Pt. Richmond: Limited to 8 people, socially distanced, masked and experienced paddlers only. Contact john (at) riversforchange.org for more information.

July 26th, 2020 5 pm PST: Register for Episode 2: Source to Sea Stories: Ultra-Distance Racing — Women Speak and The Yukon and Beyond Listens. Moderated by Amy Byers. Panelists: Emily Matthews, Brooke Ramsay & Heidi Virtanen of Huptown Girls

June 28th, 2020 5 pm PST: Source to Sea Stories: Adventure Episode. Moderated by National Geographic Explorer and CNN Climate Analyst John Sutter Panelists: Hayley Stuart, LouAnne Harris, and Claire Dibble

2019 Events

January 27th, 2019: On-Water Cleanup of the Oakland Estuary – 8:30am-1:30pm

May 14th-18th, 2019:  Lamprey River Source To Sea Scouting Trip, New Hampshire

May 26th, 2019:  California River Quest

June 26th-29th, 2019:  Yukon River Quest

July 8th-12th, 2019:  Lamprey River Source To Sea Paddling Camp, New Hampshire

July 13th, 2019:  8:00-11:00 am – Lamprey River Public Paddle Day, Newmarket, New Hampshire

July 13th, 2019:  8:00-11:00am – Lamprey River Cleanup,

July – October, 2019: Claire Dibble Columbia River Source to Sea

August, 2019: LouAnne Harris Mississippi River Source to Sea

Sept 21st, 2019: International River and Coastal Cleanup Day.  Rivers For Change will be on the water with The Watershed Project for our 8th annual event. If you can’t join us, there are opportunities happening around the world that day, so be sure to find a cleanup near you!

2018 Events

June 1st – June 12th, 2018: 2nd Truckee River Source To Sea Educational Adventure!

June 2nd, 2018: Lake Tahoe Outrigger Day

June 3rd, 2018: Truckee River Whitewater Day

June 8th, 2018: Nature Conservancy Float

July 16th – 21st, 2018: Maui Jim Gorge Downwind Champs

September 16, 2018: International River and Coastal Cleanup Day.  Rivers For Change was on the water with The Watershed Project. 

2017 Events

January 13th, 2017: 6th Annual River to Reel: Nevada City, CA; Join us for a hike and demo paddle!

June 2nd-June 11th, 2017: Truckee River Source to (Inland) Sea!

June 3rd: Lake Tahoe Public Paddling Day: paddle in a 6 man Outrigger Canoe or Bring your own craft!

June 6th: Truckee River Public Paddling Day: If you’re an experienced Class IV kayaker you can join us on this reach.

June 7th: On land Fundraiser! 5-7:30pm Meet the team, learn about the Truckee River, and join us for a raffle at 50/50 Brewery with Pizza and Beer!

June 8th: Reno Public Paddling Day: Join us in a raft or in your own craft.

June 9th: Nature Conservancy Paddle: Join us in a raft or in your own craft. Great section for complete beginners and kids!

2016 Events

Jan 15th River to Reel-Nevada City, CA-lower Yuba River community paddle day. Register at http://5thannualrivertoreel.eventbrite.com

Feb 4th: Wild and scenic film festival hosted with Sea Trek at the Bay Mode-Sausalito, CA. Tickets available now! 

March 5, 2016: California 100 Training.  Oakland in the Alameda Estuary. Distance and Preparedness. Clinic 1 Register!

April 2, 2016: California 100 Training.  Lake Natoma, Willow Creek Access. A great forward stroke. Clinic 2 Register!

May 14, 2016: California 100 Training. Redding, down the Sacramento River. Navigating dynamic water. Clinic 3 Register!

June 11th, 2016: California 100 RaceFollow along online or register by midnight June 4th.

June 12th, 2016 BBQ and Awards: 10am-2pm Open to the public and support teams, but if you’re not a racer or volunteer you’ll need to get a ticket here! Join in the celebration with food, music, and a silent auction benefiting Rivers for Change

June 12th, 2016: 5-8pm: Join the river cleanup post awards! Bring your boat or reserve one in ours and help give back to the Sacramento River!

Sept 17th, 2016: International Coastal Cleanup Day with The Watershed Projectthis will be our 5th year working with the Watershed Project to get kayakers out into the bay to pick up some trash. Save the date! More info soon.

2015 Events

January 16th: 4th Annual River to Reel: Nevada City, Lower Yuba River

January 20th, 2015:  Tips for the Intrepid Paddler:  100 Miles and Beyond
7:00-8:30pm     Berkeley, California     REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

February 7th, 2015: 23rd Annual Cow Patty Pageant:

Estero Americano, Valley Ford, CA.  Protected flat water fun on the beautiful and serene Estero Americano.  11 and 5 mile courses: Family, Intermediate, Costume and Competitive Classes. Lunch and awards after.

Register online: https://paddleguru.com/races/23rdAnnualCowPattyPageantAKATourdeManure

February 22nd, 2015:  California 100 Pre-race Training Clinic #1 10:00am-3:00pm     Oakland, California      California Canoe & Kayak, 409 Water Street, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA 94607  Stroke Tuneup and flatwater training technique led by: California Canoe & Kayak Program Manager Sean Morley and Rivers for Change Vice President John Dye

March 7th, 2015:  California 100 Pre-race Training Clinic #2 10:00am-3:00pm     Redding, California      River Front Park (Sundial Bridge), 725 Sundial Bridge Dr, Redding, CA 96001  Intro to whitewater led by: California 100 Race Director Matt Palmariello

April 25th, 2015:  California 100 Pre-race Training Clinic #3 9:00am-4:00pm     Red Bluff, California  Paddling injury free for 100 miles led by: Kenny Howell of Epic Kayaks and Paddles

May 17th, 2015: Redding Community Paddle Day. Open to everyone. Join us for a paddle from Redding to Anderson.

May 23rd, 2015 California 100 check-in and safety briefing

May 24th, 2015 California 100

May 25th, 2015 California 100 Awards Banquet and River Cleanup

July 19th-25th, 2015 Gorge Paddling Festival: Hood River, Oregon; Stevenson, Washington; and the Columbia River Gorge Info at: http://www.gorgepaddlingfestival.com/ Includes the North American Surfski/OC1 Downwind Championships and the Wildside Relay as well as a full week of clinics and group events.

August 15th, 2015, 9:30AM to 4PM Suison City Rare Plant Paddle with the California Native Plant Society! Contact: dslakey@cnps.org to sign up for this trip. Include your mobile phone number and briefly describing your previous paddling experience, and whether or not you will be able to bring your own boat.

September 12th, 2015, 9:30AM to 4PM Browns Island Rare Plant Paddle with the California Native Plant Society! Where: Pittsburg Marina, 51 Marina Blvd, Pittsburg, CA Contact: dslakey@cnps.org to sign up for this trip. Include your mobile phone number and briefly describing your previous paddling experience, and whether or not you will be able to bring your own boat.

Sept 19th, 2015 International Coastal Cleanup Day with The Watershed Project  Where: Vincent Park-1340 Marina Way S Richmond, CA 94804

Oct 5-18th-SUP Source to Sea Expedition on Maine’s Androscoggin River. A core RFC team will be paddling the Androscoggin River in Oct of 2015. More info coming soon to follow along with the journey online and join for a community paddle day.

2014 Events

January 10th, 2014: River to Reel: Nevada City, Lower Yuba River http://rivertoreel.eventbrite.com/

January 30th-February 2nd: 2014 Golden Gate Sea Kayak SymposiumRFC co-founder John Dye will be instructing clinics and providing ERG analysis.

February 8th: 22nd Annual Cow Patty Pageant, Valley Ford, CA. http://cowpattypageant.eventbrite.com

Cal 100 Race Clinics:

Follow the registration links on the website: https://www.riversforchange.org/california-100/california-100-race-clinics-and-training/

February 22, 2014 – California 100 Training Clinic: Half Moon Bay, CA – Pillar Point Harbor

March 1, 2014 –California 100 Training Clinic: Red Bluff, CA – Sacramento River

March 22, 2014 –California 100 Training Clinic. Redding, CA – Sacramento River

April 19, 2014 – California 100 Training Clinic – Kernville, CA – Kern River

April 26, 2014 –California 100 Training Clinic.  Healdsburg, CA – Russian River

May 3, 2014 –California 100 Training Clinic. Carnelian Bay, CA – Lake Tahoe

May 17th, 2014: Redding Community Paddle Day. Open to everyone. Join us for a paddle from Redding to Anderson.

May 24-26th, 2014: California 100, Awards BBQ and River Cleanup http://calriver100.eventbrite.com

July 4th, 2014: San Joaquin StS: Follow along with CNN journalist @jdsutter as he travels Source to Sea on the San Joaquin culminating under the Golden Gate Bridge July 4th. Rivers for Change will journey sections of the river with him.

August 16th: Rare Plant Delta Hunt with the California Native Plant Society https://deltarareplantpaddle.eventbrite.com

2013 Events

January 11th, 2013 • 2nd Annual RIVER TO REEL: Community Conservation Paddle Day Host: Rivers for Change and SYRCL Location: Lower Yuba River Sign up: www.rfcyubapaddleday.eventbrite.com

January 11th-13th, 2013 • Wild and Scenic Film Festival RFC Workshop: January 12th 9:30-10:30 am in the Activist Center Host: SYRCL Location: Nevada City

February 2nd, 2013 • 21st Annual Cow Patty Pageant Host: Rivers for Change Location: Estero Americano Details: www.riversforchange.org/cow-patty-pageant Registration: http://rfccowpattypageant2013.eventbrite.com

February 9th, 2013 • California 100 pre-race Clinic/Training #1 Host: Rivers for Change with Carter Johnson Location: Nimbus Flat, Lake Natoma, Sacramento, CA Details: https://www.riversforchange.org/california-100/california-100-race-clinics-and-training

March 16th, 2013 • California 100 pre-race Clinic/Training #2 Host: Rivers for Change with Carter Johnson Location: Meet at California 100′s Check Point 2 just south of Red Bluff on the Sacramento River Details: https://www.riversforchange.org/california-100/california-100-race-clinics-and-training

April 6th, 2013 • California 100 pre-race Clinic/Training #3 Host: Rivers for Change and The Great Russian River Race with Carter Johnson  Location: Russian River, meet at Veterans Memorial Beach Park just off HWY 101 in Healdsburg, CA Details: https://www.riversforchange.org/california-100/california-100-race-clinics-and-training

April 20th, 2013 • California 100 pre-race Clinic/Training #4 Host: Rivers for Change and Sea Trek with Carter Johnson  Location: Schoonmaker Beach, Sausalito, CA Details: https://www.riversforchange.org/california-100/california-100-race-clinics-and-training

May 19, 2013 • Community Conservation Paddle Day Host: Rivers for Change, Headwaters Adventure Company, City of Redding Recreation, North Country Raft Company Location: Sacramento River, Redding to Anderson Sign up: http://cal100communitypaddle.eventbrite.com

May 25-26, 2013 • California 100 Host: Rivers for Change  Location: Sacramento River, Redding to Chico Details: www.riversforchange.org/california-100 Registration: http://cal100.eventbrite.com

May 27, 2013 • River Cleanup Host: Rivers for Change and The Sacramento River Preservation Trust Location: Sacramento River near Chico-Irving Finch State Park to Wash Out Sign up: http://sacrivercleanup.eventbrite.com

Aug 24th, 2013 • Rare Native Plant Treasure Hunt Host: Rivers for Change and the California Native Plant Society Location: Lower Mokelumne River Sign up: http://sycamoresloughrareplanttreasurehunt.eventbrite.com/

Sept 21st, 2013 • International River and Coastal Cleanup Day Find a cleanup near you! Rivers for Change will be on the water with The Watershed Project.

2012 Events

Rivers for Change: 12 Rivers in 2012

To build a better picture of California rivers in their entirety, Danielle Katz and John Dye set out to travel the length of 12 California Rivers from source to sea in one year. The purpose was to marry high adventure with a conservation message and build continuity among communities along their watersheds. A group of kayakers and photographers comprised the headwaters team to tackle the class V waters of the upper rivers. Another group, including Katz and Dye joined in to complete the lower reaches. Along the way, the groups collected citizen science data, shared paddle days with communities, and documented their travels. Join Katz and Dye as they present the challenges and triumphs of their journey: Racing to float on rivers that were quickly drying up during a drought year, balancing the efforts of data collection with traveling on a schedule, encountering water unsafe for swimming, and mysteries of disappearing rivers.

Jan-Yuba River to Reel

Feb-Russian: Educational Event, Community Paddle Day

April-Friends of the Los Angeles River cleanup. Los Angeles River cleanup up

May-Sacramento River

June-Tuolumne River Trust: Paddle to the Sea, River Rally at the Capital

Native Plant Society paddle-California Native Plant Rare Treasure Hunt


Aug: Community Paddle and Party Klamath Party Day