By John Searby, Executive Director
Are you sitting around thinking of things you can still do AND keep your social distance?
Like many area nonprofits, the work of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation doesn’t stop when schools close, disaster strikes, or quarantines arise. Like you, we have some additional time on our hands because many of our group/social/fun/community meetings are being cancelled or postponed. So, we thought we’d give you a list of things you can do to EDUCATE, ENGAGE, and PROTECT with us and still stay safe and separate.
If you are looking for some EDUCATION:
- Read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson or The Riverkeepers by John Cronin and Robert Kennedy Jr. to learn more about the beginnings of the environmental movement and the origin of Riverkeeper organizations.
- Take a virtual water watcher class. Our next class is free and online. REGISTER HERE!
- Read about the awesome history of Landsford Canal State Park and plan a day trip there this summer.
- Take this quiz and test your knowledge of the Catawba River. Entrants that get all 10 questions correct will be entered into a drawing for a two hour paddle trip for up to 6 people with Catawba Riverkeeper staff (all boats, paddles, PFDs provided)!
If you want to ENGAGE with the Catawba River:
- Pick up trash along a greenway, lake, creek, or river – take a pic and tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #IAmARiverkeeper – we’ll select one lucky winner for a Riverkeeper Gear Prize Pack!
- Go for a walk along any number of trails near the Catawba on the Carolina Thread Trail.
- Sign up for the Catawba Riversweep in October.
- Go fishing at one of the many Nature Preserves or public fishing piers in the area.
- Go for a paddle at any number of local access points.
- Hike Catawba Falls, the headwaters of the Catawba River.
- Take some beautiful pics of the Catawba River and tag us on Instagram with #catawbariver – best photo will receive a Riverkeeper hat and sweatshirt!
If you want to help us PROTECT the Catawba River:
- Write your state legislature about repealing SB 469 – Here’s a Sample Letter.
- Become a member of Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation or our Young Allies of the River (if you’re under 40!). Over 1/3 of our support comes from members!!
- Pick up after your pet (and others if you’re really ambitious)
- Clean out and mark a storm drain near you or get your friends and neighbors together to Adopt-a-Stream
Pick a couple of things above and you too can say: “I AM A RIVERKEEPER!”