Yuba River Cleanup for Schools

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

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!

From the headwaters along Donner Summit to the confluence of the Yuba and Feather Rivers, hundreds of watershed stewards turn out each September for the Annual Yuba River Cleanup. More than 900 volunteers removed nearly thousands of 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 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.

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. For more information or to get involved, please contact Monique Streit, River Education Manager at (530) 265-5961 ext. 218 or monique@yubariver.org.

Cleanup Collage 1Option 1: Sign your class/group up for a Cleanup site or restoration site to participate during the Cleanup.

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 Expeditions – if you’re participating in one this year.

Questions? Contact us!

Monique Streit
River Education Manager
(530) 265-5961 ext. 218