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National Rivers Month

Dive into National Rivers Month and connect with the beauty of nature - from kayaking adventures to peaceful picnics by the water, there's something for everyone to enjoy!
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Get ready to dive into the beauty and importance of rivers as we celebrate National Rivers Month this June 1st! This month-long celebration was established in 2007 by American Rivers to bring awareness to the crucial role that rivers play in our environment and communities. Did you know that rivers cover about 0.5% of Earth's surface but support over half of the world's population? They provide us with water, food, transportation, recreation, and more. So let's take some time this month to appreciate and protect these incredible natural resources that have been a vital part of our lives for centuries.

History of National Rivers Month

National Rivers Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Formation of American Rivers</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 2000, the American Rivers organization was established to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean water for people and nature.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2006</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Adoption of Rivers Acts</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United States adopted the "National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act" and the "Clean Water Act" to protect the integrity of our nation's rivers.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2007</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of National Rivers Month</div><div class='timeline-text'>American Rivers declared June as National Rivers Month, a celebration to increase awareness about the importance of rivers in our communities and environment.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rivers Conservation Act</div><div class='timeline-text'>The federal government passed the "Rivers Conservation Act" committing to the preservation and protection of rivers across the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Launch of River Cleanup Initiative</div><div class='timeline-text'>American Rivers launched a major nationwide river cleanup initiative, mobilizing thousands of volunteers to remove tons of trash from rivers.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Rivers Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The celebration reached a global level with the adoption of "Global Rivers Day" aimed at emphasizing the need to protect rivers worldwide.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Rivers Month

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a river adventure</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Explore a new river or revisit an old favorite by going on a river adventure! This could include kayaking, canoeing, or even just taking a scenic hike along the riverbank.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer for a river clean-up</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Give back to your community and the environment by volunteering for a river clean-up. You'll not only be helping to preserve the beauty of our rivers, but also getting some exercise and fresh air in the process.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a riverside festival</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many cities and towns have festivals or events celebrating their local rivers. Attend one of these events to learn more about your local river and its importance to the community.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create river-inspired art</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative and make some art inspired by rivers! You could paint a landscape, make a sculpture using found objects from a river, or even write a poem or song about your favorite river.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Have a picnic by the river</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spend a relaxing day by the river with a picnic! Pack some delicious food and drinks, grab a blanket, and enjoy the beauty of nature while celebrating National Rivers Month.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Rivers Month

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Opportunities for adventure</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Rivers provide endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, from kayaking and whitewater rafting to fishing and camping. National Rivers Month is the perfect time to plan a trip and explore the beauty and excitement of our nation's waterways.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promotes conservation and preservation</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Rivers Month also serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving and protecting our rivers. It's a great opportunity to get involved in conservation efforts and raise awareness about the need to keep our waterways clean and healthy for future generations.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Beauty and serenity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>There's something peaceful and calming about being near a river. National Rivers Month is a chance to appreciate the natural beauty of these waterways and take some time to relax and recharge in nature.</p></div></div>

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National Rivers Month FAQs

When is National Rivers Month?

National Rivers Month is celebrated on June 1 every year. In 2024 National Rivers Month will occur on a Saturday.

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