Young Allies of the River

Young Allies of the River (YAR) is a community of 20 and 30-somethings who share a vision of clean, plentiful waterways now and for future generations. Together, we are improving the quality of our rivers, lakes, and streams.

YAR events are fun, engaging opportunities to get together with other young people who support the Catawba Riverkeeper.


Your YAR membership supports the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation’s (CRF) work to protect the Catawba-Wateree River basin.

Your monthly donation allows CRF to monitor water quality, host lake and stream cleanups, lead education and advocacy programs, and more. Your membership contribution will also help expand Young Allies of the River and the group’s impact on our waterways.

What You Get

  • Priority registration and discounts for YAR events
  • Invitations to special members-only events
  • A membership to the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation (regularly $50)
  • Membership gift upon joining*

Become an official Young Allies of the River member by donating $25/year.

*You can pick up your membership gift at the next YAR event.


If you aren’t ready to be a member yet, that’s ok! You’re still invited to YAR events. Nonmembers will be asked to make a minimum $8 donation at each event to help cover the costs of hosting fun events each month.

Bring a friend!

Members are encouraged to bring friends. If it’s your friends’ first event, the $8 donation will be waived.

Connect with YAR on Facebook

You can also join the Young Allies of the River Facebook group where we’ll share pictures, updates, and more information about YAR events, or sign up for the YAR email list here:

If you have any questions about YAR events or membership, email

2019 YAR Event Calendar