Yuba River Cleanup for Schools

Give your school group or classroom an opportunity to show their Yuba love!  Participate in SYRCL’s annual Yuba River Cleanup.  Every September hundreds of volunteers work on restoration and cleanup sites to maintain the Yuba’s beauty.  There’s also a great fundraising opportunity for schools through the Clean-a-thon!

Teach your students about activism and the impact of litter on an ecosystem while giving them a hands-on opportunity to protect our watershed. 

From the headwaters along Donner Summit to the confluence of the Yuba and Feather Rivers, hundreds of watershed stewards turned out for the 20th Annual Yuba River Cleanup. More than 880 volunteers removed nearly 14,000 pounds of garbage and recyclables from dozens of miles of rivers, creeks and lakes at 35 Cleanup sites.

In addition to families, school groups and business teams pitched in to get their hands dirty for the betterment of several waterways including Deer Creek, Wolf Creek, Oregon Creek, the Bear River and Kentucky Ravine. Items pulled out of the river included office chairs, refrigerators, toilets, tires, and hundreds of cigarette butts.

SYRCL volunteers also helped to restore riparian habitat at five locations this year in partnership with Tahoe National Forest, California State Parks, and the Bureau of Land Management. Volunteers removed highly invasive species such as Himalayan blackberry, Scotch broom, and English ivy from Oregon Creek, Carlton Flat, Fiddle Creek, Kentucky Ravine and Edward’s Crossing.

The 2018 Cleanup is set for Saturday, September 15th . 

There are several ways to get involved in the cleanup.  Choose the option that works best for your group!  This is a popular event with hundreds of participants.  Sites fill up fast.  Contact Megan Learned, SYRCL’s River Education Manager, at megan@syrcl.org or (530)265-5961 x218 to learn more!

Cleanup Collage 1Option 1: Sign your class/group up for a cleanup site or restoration site to participate on the day of the cleanup – Saturday, September 15th.

Option 2: Sign your class/group up for a restoration or cleanup site during the week before or after  the cleanup.  This is a great field trip opportunity.

Option 3: Participate in the Clean-a-thon.  This is an online fundraiser where your group creates an online fundraising page to encourage family and friends to support your effort.  Half of the funds raised by your class/group go to keeping the Yuba clean, healthy and safe, and the other 50% goes to your group.  This can be used however you like including funds to go toward Salmon Tours – if you’re participating in one this year.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Megan Learned, SYRCL’s River Education Manager, at megan@syrcl.org or (530)265-5961 x218.