Seeing Yourself in the Grand Canyon

For each man sees himself in the Grand Canyon – each one makes his own Canyon before he comes, each one brings and carries away his own Canyon. – Carl Sandburg Grand Canyon | Casey Reynolds [flickr] We asked you to tell us why you feel the canyon is grand and deserves to be protected. What does… Read more »

What Do You Love About Rivers?

Originally published on Chaco Blog. Photo: Skip Armstrong We name them after colors: Red, Vermilion, Colorado. Green and White and Black. Bluestone and Yellowstone. We name them after weather: Hurricane, Wind. After size: Little, Rio Grande. After animals: Wolf, Bear, Salmon, Eagle. We call them by their currents: Roaring, Rapid, Rogue. Clearwater, Crescent, Crooked. Sandy,… Read more »

Finding Easter Eggs in Southern Trout Streams

Basin Creek, Doughton Park, NC | Steve White Driving with my son to one of our favorite small streams in the Southern Appalachians this past Good Friday, I found myself thinking about Easter eggs. I’ve always enjoyed the idea of Easter egg hunts, whether watching my kids combing the backyard for hidden bright spots of… Read more »

9 Top River Trips for Wildlife        

Originally published in the North Carolina Wildlife Federation Journal, Fall 2014. Viewing fall color from water level My favorite paddle trip is usually the last river I was on, so it’s no small feat to whittle down the best canoe or kayak trips in North Carolina for experiencing wildlife. North Carolina boasts 17 river basins…. Read more »

Celebrate the Verde River

Today’s post is a guest blog by Wendy Harford, Executive Director of the Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO) Spring breathes new life into the Verde Valley! Not only does the lushness come back to the Valley, but activities and events are abundant along the Verde River as a part of RiverFest. This month-long celebration… Read more »

Let’s Get Every Kid to a Park!

credit: Sally McLagan I remember my first visit to a National Park – at least I remember pieces of it. As a little tyke, I was walking and tripping my way through Rocky Mountain National Park counting all of the pretty “purple and white flower”, as I knew it then, or the Columbine flower as… Read more »

Running with a boy: story behind our Northwest Rivers video

Credit: Skip Armstrong Sometimes the best way to experience a river is through a child’s eyes. Our video following eight year old Parker as he runs and splashes along the wild rivers of the Pacific Northwest has gotten more than 375,000 views. People love the video because it reminds them of their own childhood, and… Read more »

5 Reasons We Need to Fight for the Grand Canyon…Again

Millions of Americans, and citizens from around the globe, recognize the Grand Canyon as one of the most iconic landscapes on the planet. Hundreds of millions of people have gazed into its depths, mouths agape, wondering how a place as stunning and spectacular as this could even exist, not to mention how it was created…. Read more »

A world without rivers

Dry river bed in the Sierra Nevada of CA | Austen Lorenz Imagine a world without rivers. No digging in with your raft paddle as you shoot rapids. No guiding a canoe quietly downstream. No diving into deep river pools or standing in the mist of a waterfall. No casting fly lines into flowing water… Read more »

Exploring the History of the Patapsco River

Today’s post is a guest blog by Taylor Cox. Taylor is a communications intern at American Rivers. She is majoring in Communication, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) with a minor in Environmental Science at American University. Cascade Falls | William Shewbridge (flickr) American Rivers is working to reconnect historic migratory fish routes along the Patapsco… Read more »