Yuba River Cleanup for Schools

Give your school group or classroom an opportunity to show their Yuba love!  Participate in SYRCL’s 20th 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. 

In 2016 an historic number of volunteers participated in the 19th Annual Yuba River Cleanup, when 851 volunteers enthusiastically removed more than 10,000 pounds of garbage from Deer and Wolf Creeks, and the Yuba and Bear Rivers, in addition to Donner Summit and Marysville. Volunteers filled one 40-yard dumpster on Donner Summit and four 40-yard dumpsters in Marysville. At our restoration sites, we removed English ivy, vinca, Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom. Families, school groups, and business teams all joined together to get their hands dirty for the health of our waterways. Interesting items found included a refrigerator, TV, washer and dryer.  In the words of a volunteer, “basically a whole house!”

The 2017 Cleanup is set for Saturday, September 16th from 9 am to 1 pm. After the Cleanup, come to Pioneer Park, Nevada City from 1pm-5pm.  Registered volunteers will enjoy: a delicious lunch, music by Ayla Nereo and Scott Nice, and great company.  This is a beautiful and inspiring community event and we want to appreciate you, our hard working volunteers!

There are several ways to get involved in this year’s cleanup.  Choose the option that works best for your group!  This is a popular event with hundreds of participants.  Sites fill up fast.  Contact Annika Alexander-Ozinskas, SYRCL’s River Education Manager today to secure your spot!

Cleanup Collage 1Option 1: Sign your class/group up for a cleanup site or restoration site TODAY to participate on the day of the cleanup – Saturday, September 16th.

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, contact Annika Alexander-Ozinskas, SYRCL’s River Education Manager at: (530) 265-5961 ext. 218 or annika@syrcl.org.