River Ambassador Program Kickoff this Saturday at Highway 49 Crossing – Come Meet the New River Captain Team

River Captains Hired for 2013 River Ambassador Program

River Captains Alanna McDermott, Terra Nyssa and Terra Gleeson enjoying a site visit to Edwards Crossing

The 2013 River Ambassador program is ready to hit the river running with four River Captains and 28 trained volunteer River Ambassadors.  SYRCL is excited to introduce returning River Captain: Terra Nyssa, and new River Captains: Terra Gleeson, Alanna McDermott, and Ali Stefancich to the SYRCL River Ambassador team.

Each of these wonderful River Captains brings outstanding skills, knowledge and outgoing personalities to the program.  SYRCL is very proud to have them lead the volunteers this summer to speak to thousands of visitors from all over the world about how to be good stewards of the Yuba River.  Come out and meet the River Captains on June 22nd at the Highway 49 Bridge from 10am – 5 pm to celebrate the River Ambassador program kickoff!

Artist and filmmaker, Terra Nyssa, has spent years on the river.  “It feeds my soul,” says Nyssa.  “So it is natural for me to be on the river as an advocate for everyone’s health and safety.”  Nyssa’s passion for salmon is evident in her paintings now showing at Mowen Solinsky Gallery in Nevada City.

“I am a Nevada County native with a great love for the Yuba.”  Terra Gleeson is an experienced conservationist and educator.  She has spent time educating kids about

River Captain Ali Stefancich enjoying the outdoors

science and working with raptors in Idaho for Boise State University.   “I am looking forward to spending time this summer back at the Yuba, speaking with the community about the river we all love so much.”

Alanna McDermott is also a Nevada County native who recently graduated from UC Berkley with a degree in Forestry.  Alanna is looking forward to sharing her knowledge of our forests and their connection to the River with all the visitors to the Yuba.

Environmental educator Ali Stefancich is new to the community.  “I grew up in the lush beauty of the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, but I dreamed of bigger mountains, trees the size of trains, raging rivers, and vast wild lands.  So, I headed west to attend Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, to study ecology.”  Now Ali lives in Northern California, “I have happily called Nevada City home for the past year and half where I have served as an AmeriCorps member at Sierra Streams Institute. I am so excited to be working with SYRCL and to give back to the river that has brought me so much joy.”

River Ambassador Kickoff Party

June 22nd is the River Ambassadors first day on the River, and we will be celebrating the program’s kickoff with fun and games for the whole family. Come play fish pong, paint river flags, guess Yuba River trivia and visit with SYRCL’s mascot Flo.  Come down to the river at the Highway 49 crossing anytime between 10:00am and 5:00pm and share in the fun of building community while caring for the River.

River Ambassador Upcoming Events

John Daly, expert photographer, on the River

June 29: Photography Class on the Yuba with John Daly

If you are an aspiring photographer, come support the River Ambassador program on June 29th while learning from local expert photographer, John Daly, about the tricks and secrets of how to take quality river photos.  This special workshop will be held from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Purdon Crossing and benefits SYRCL’s River Ambassador program.  A $10 to $20 sliding-scale donation is requested to attend.  Only five spaces remain, so register today by contacting Andrew Collins-Anderson, SYRCL’s Stewardship Coordinator at (530) 265-5961 ext. 209 or andrew@syrcl.org.  Bring your own camera and tripod and enjoy a pleasant evening on the River.

Date: June 29th

Time: 4pm to 6pm

Location: Purdon Crossing (Meet in the Parking Lot)

For more information click here.

July 14: First Annual- Art at the Yuba with Jeanine Christman

Jeanine Christman, artist and educator

Artists of all skill levels come and share the joy of painting outdoors with professional educator and artist Jeanine Christman.  Jeanine, a Nevada County artist, will share her love of nature and the community through her fun and inspirational art and teaching style.  This event will be held at Bridgeport, South Yuba River State Park on Sunday, July 14th from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  A $10 to $20 sliding-scale donation is requested to attend.  There is only space for 12 participants – Register today with Andrew Collins-Anderson, SYRCL’s Stewardship Coordinator at (530) 265-5961 ext. 209 or andrew@syrcl.org.  There will also be a short inspirational and educational talk about the Yuba River by Andrew, so come create and share what makes you passionate for the South Yuba River and our amazing community.

Date: July 14th

Time: 9am to 12pm

Location: Bridgeport (main parking lot)

For more information click here.


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