Salmon Expeditions

SYRCL’s Salmon Expeditions are an amazing opportunity for you, your family or your child’s school to adventure down the Yuba River to see spawning salmon! We work with amazing volunteers, local river rafting guides from H2O Adventures, and scientists from the University of California to offer the community several different options to get its hands (and feet) wet while learning about the salmon life cycle, their ecology, and human impact on these incredible fish. We hope you’ll join us out on the river.

Questions? Contact us!

Ray Lubitz
River Education Manager
(530) 265-5961 ext. 218

Public Salmon Expeditions

Join SYRCL River Science staff and the river guides at H20 Adventures on a float trip down the lower Yuba to see spawning salmon. This educational and fun day on a raft includes learning about the Yuba River ecosystem, how mining has impacted the river, SYRCL’s work to protect salmon, viewing one of SYRCL’s major restoration projects at Hammon Bar, and hiking the Yuba Goldfields.

School Float Expeditions

Are you a teacher or parent with kids you'd like to get outdoors? We partner with local educators to bring school groups out on the river. This educational and fun day on a raft includes learning about the Yuba River ecosystem, how mining has impacted the river, SYRCL’s work to protect salmon, viewing one of SYRCL’s major restoration projects at Hammon Bar, and hiking the Yuba Goldfields.

Naturalist Training

Do you love being outside and working with kids? Do you want to share the beauty of the Yuba with others? Become a River Naturalist. SYRCL is seeking passionate individuals to join us as volunteer naturalists in rafts and on land throughout October and November.

Riverbank Expeditions

In Partnership with the University of California’s Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center, join SYRCL River Science staff for a hiking expedition of lower Yuba Salmon Habitat. This expedition is an excellent way to view salmon spawning habitat without a boat!

Testimonials

“We had a completely great time on one of the Public Trips! Our H20 Raft guide was great with my grandkids, and we enjoyed the cool salmon facts, bug (salmon food) collecting, and had fun going through the rapids. Cody, the Salmon Expedition Facilitator, did a masterful job leading the day.”
– Mary Wade, Public Tours Participant

“Our salmon expedition was such a great experience all around. We felt safe and enriched by the expertise of the guides and naturalists on our journey down the river. The staff was very patient and kind toward our group. What a great day to enjoy some sunshine, some knowledge and a new experience right in our own backyard!”
– Heather Moural, 4th grade teacher, Kynoch Elementary School

“This was, by far, the most engaging and meaningful field trip I’ve experienced in all my years of teaching. I appreciate the module content and communication. I got to enjoy the day as well instead I’d having to deliver the content.” 
– Participating 4th grade teacher, Yuba County Elementary School

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