2017 Deployments

Urban Native Waterlife™ Explorations

                                                               Oxbow Park | March 30th, 2017

 

About this deployment

 

An exploratory study connecting inner-city youth and military veterans through an incredible, local, culturally-rich, scientific one-day outing at Oxbow Park. Connecting the dots between the urban river to seeking out and understanding the migration habitat for salmon in our local freshwater system. By exploring the aquatic life and learning about the river's personal history, we understand our local river and the surrounding area and connect more with the community to protect, preserve, and find healing. We deepen our minds and souls along the river while exploring the art of fly fishing and building a knowledge-base in conservation to become ambassadors of the natural environment. Partnerships SRI will strive to connect with and recruit from include PPS Title VI Indian Education, Urban Nature Partners PDX,

Sista Sistah and other local organizations serving inner-city youth of color.

Goals
• Explore our local natural eco-system
• Instill and apply conservation-minded practices

• Learn fly fishing

• Raise the awareness of Mother Nature’s healing and foster mentor relationships

• Provide a platform for youth leaders to take on leadership roles while orienting new SRI participants

Activities

Trekking, Entomology, River Reading, History, Native Culture, Outdoor Leadership Development, Conservation Advocacy, Field Reporting


Urban Native Waterlife™ Explorations

                                                 Willamette River | May 26-29th, 2017

 

About this deployment
This is where we bridge the gap between inner-city youth and military veterans through an incredible,
culturally-rich deployment along the Willamette River. Connecting the dots between the urban river to seeking out lost, hidden treasures of indigenous culture - all while exploring the aquatic life and learning the river's personal history. We will also implement a Knowledge Tribute, where we will navigate the land and river seeking out specific landmarks, treasures, or species that are native to the land. By understanding our local river and the surrounding area, we then begin to understand and connect more with the community to protect and preserve and find healing. We deepen our minds and souls along the river while exploring the art of fly fishing and building a knowledge-base in conservation to become ambassadors of the natural environment. Partnerships SRI will strive to connect with and recruit from include PPS Title VI Indian Education, Urban Nature Partners PDX, Sista Sistah and other local organizations serving inner-city youth of color.

Goals
• Explore our local Willamette River's natural eco-system
• Instill and apply conservation-minded practices
• Learn fly fishing
• Raise the awareness of Mother Nature’s healing and foster mentor relationships
• Provide a platform for youth leaders to take on leadership roles alongside veteran mentors

Activities
Camping, Trekking, Canoe, Entomology, River Reading, History, Native Culture, Outdoor Leadership Development, Conservation Advocacy, Field Reporting

Angler’s Quest Expedition: Quinault Indian Nation

                                                   Tahloah, WA | June 2–4th, 2017

                                                                              Pending

About this deployment
Angler’s Quest closes the gap between our recently returned military veterans and inner-city youth on an incredible culturally-rich outing. The land of the Quinault Indian Nation is a protected natural space in the Pacific Northwest’s Olympic Peninsula. At this sacred setting, we merge veterans with inner-city youth to build communal relationships and learn the healing nature of fly fishing and conservation on the Quinault River. Here is where Soul River veterans, inner-city youth, Quinault veterans and Quinault youth come together.

Goals
• Explore regional tribal lands
• Develop an awareness of Quinault Indian Nation’s history and traditional practices
• Instill and apply conservation-minded practices
• Learn fly fishing
• Raise the awareness of Mother Nature’s healing and mentor relationships
• Provide a platform for youth leaders to take on leadership roles alongside veteran mentors

Activities
Camping, Entomology, River Reading, History, Native Culture, Outdoor Leadership Development, Conservation Advocacy, Field Reporting

Everglades Wonder-of-Science Angling Exploration

                                                          Florida Everglades | June 18–24, 2017


About this deployment
The largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, the Everglades is an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther. The Everglades is an international treasure being a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected area under the Cartagena Treaty. The Everglades is an expansive area of land in South Florida, which consists of 1.5 million acres of wetland. Our expedition will consist of a seven-day canoe and off-the-grid camping journey and along the 99-mile Wilderness Waterway. We will also integrate an educationally enriching visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to learn more about the impacts of climate change on the Everglades habitat. Youth participants will explore vegetation, river, entomology, wildlife and learn what is happening due to climate change on a personal level! The veterans will guide and lead as mentors as they are an integral part of the process in the learning and
educating the youth leaders. 

Location Focus

Ding Darling Wildlife refuge | Panther Wildlife Refuge

Goals 

• Explore one of our nation’s largest subtropic wildernesses with a climate change perspective 

• Develop a deeper knowledge of the reptilian and entomology life of the subtropics 

• Instill and apply conservation-minded practices 

• Learn fly fishing 

• Integrate educational opportunities with NASA at the Kennedy Space Center 

• Raise the awareness of Mother Nature’s healing and mentor relationships 

• Provide a platform for youth leaders to take on leadership roles alongside veteran mentors

Activities
River Rafting, Off-the-grid Camping, Trekking, Fly Fishing, Entomology, Fly Tying, Navigation/Map Reading, Everglades Ecosystem Assessment, Marsh Habitat Exploration, Scientific Inquiry and Journaling, Outdoor Leadership Development

Angler’s Quest Expedition: Kitchi-gami

                                                   MARQUETTE, Mi | July 16–23, 2017


*In partnership with Northern Michigan University

 

About this deployment
Soul River Inc veterans and youth leaders will merge with Northern Michigan University to connect with 24 inner-city youth from the Flint and Detroit areas. Taking place on the pristine Upper Peninsula, the NMU Fresh Water Fresh Voices writing conference and fly fishing deployment will combine the arts and the sciences. SRI’s team of veterans and youth leaders will conduct and educate through outdoor clinics pertaining to fly fishing and conservation as well as local aquatic life and learning the history on the Chippewa Indian Nation, Ojibwa Indian Nation, and other prominent native cultures. The deployment will be held on Lake Superior which is the largest body of fresh water on Earth and has an average underwater visibility of 27 feet (8.2 meters). The term Kitchi-gami is Ojibwa for “Big Sea.” Situated on the northern edge of Wisconsin, Lake Superior extends from the upper peninsula of Michigan north to Ontario, Canada, and reaches west to the eastern edge of Minnesota. Youth will cultivate new learning from the veterans and volunteers and grow into ambassadors and develop their writing skills centered around freshwater and the environment.

Goals
• Explore the largest freshwater Lake Superior with a climate change perspective
• Develop a deeper knowledge of the entomology life amongst deep freshwater lakes
• Explore regional tribal lands
• Develop an awareness of Chippewa and Ojibwa Indian Nations’ history and traditional practices
• Instill and apply conservation-minded practices
• Learn fly fishing
• Integrate educational opportunities with Northern Michigan University
• Raise the awareness of Mother Nature’s healing and mentor relationships
• Provide a platform for youth leaders to take on leadership roles alongside veteran mentors

Activities
Canoeing, Camping, Fly Fishing, Entomology, Fly Tying, Scientific Inquiry and Journaling, Outdoor Leadership Development, Conservation Advocacy, Navigation/Map Reading

Cross-Cultural Science Expedition arctic

                                     Arctic Village, AK | July 25-August 3, 2017


*In partnership with the Venetie Tribe   

 

About this deployment

Soul River Inc’s Cross-Cultural Science Expedition 2017 will expose and educate 14 youth and seven veterans from the Portland-metro area to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge starting from the East Fork of the 100-mile Chandalar River. We will begin the expedition at the Arctic Village and conclude at Venetie, where we will hold a youth summit fostering young leader development between SRI participating youth and youth members of the Venetie tribe. This collaborative and cross-cultural awareness will provide opportunities to hear and learn from differing perspectives on the direct impacts of climate change. All participants will take part in a formal curriculum on the climate change crisis and the direct impacts it has had on the Chandalar River’s ecosystem and native species. They will develop their own hypothesis on climate change together, which will require them to document their findings throughout the expedition in their own scientific journal. SRI youth and veterans will be empowered to learn how they can protect iconic places like the Arctic. This deployment will be a bridge to opportunities for the youth leader to explore summer programs of their potential career, internships and support for college.

Goals 

• Explore the Chandalar River and the Arctic with a climate change perspective 

• Develop a deeper knowledge of the entomology life amongst deep, Arctic rivers and ecosystems 

• Explore regional tribal lands 

• Develop an awareness of Venetie Indian Nations’ history and traditional practices 

• Instill and apply conservation-minded practices 

• Learn fly fishing 

• Raise the awareness of Mother Nature’s healing and mentor relationships 

• Provide a platform for youth leaders to take on leadership roles alongside veteran mentors

Activities
River Rafting, Camping/Off-the-grid Camping, Trekking, Fly Fishing, Entomology, Fly Tying, Scientific Inquiry and Journaling, Outdoor Leadership Development, Conservation Advocacy, Navigation/Map Reading

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5,000 Miles of Wild™

                                   Morrison's Rogue River Lodge in Merlin, Oregon | August 15-19 |


About this Deployment:

5,000 Miles. 5,000 Stories. One Unified Voice for the Nation's Rivers.

Join Soul River Inc. as we deploy into one of the nations iconic Oregon’s river.
More than 85,000 dams have modified at least 600,000 miles or almost 20% of all rivers and riverside lands in the U.S. In contrast less than one percent of rivers nationwide are protected as Wild and Scenic Rivers free from dams, mining, oil and gas or other harmful development. Many rivers remain unprotected in the nation’s most iconic landscapes such as the Greater Yellowstone in Montana, the Rogue in Oregon, the wild rivers Wild Olympics and North Cascades in Washington, and the Gila in New Mexico. The wild rivers that flow through these areas represent one of the most valuable unprotected environments left in the country providing clean water, outstanding recreation and exceptional fish and fish and wildlife habitat.

October 2, 2018 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The Act spawned the idea that we should balance the centuries of development of our rivers with a system of protected rivers. The 50th Anniversary presents a major opportunity to celebrate this powerful idea and to permanently protect our nation’s most significant rivers and the lands along them forever creating a legacy worthy of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Conservation groups and outdoor companies including American Rivers, American Whitewater, O.A.R.S., NRS and Yeti have launched the 5,000 Miles of Wild campaign to organize a groundswell of public support to protect Wild and Scenic Rivers and defend the public lands they flow through. Our work to protect the exceptional wild Rogue River watershed is a cornerstone of this broader campaign.

Goals

• Explore the Rogue River and sensitive environment

• Develop a deeper knowledge of the entomology life on the iconic Rouge River

• Explore tribal history

• Instill and apply conservation-minded practices

• Learn fly fishing

• Raise the awareness of Mother Nature’s healing and mentor relationships

• Provide a platform for youth leaders to take on leadership roles alongside veteran mentors

Activities
River Rafting, Camping/Off-the-grid Camping, Trekking, Fly Fishing, Entomology, Scientific Inquiry and Journaling, Outdoor Leadership Development, Conservation Advocacy, Navigation/Map Reading

Hours

Monday10:00AM - 6:00PM
Tuesday10:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday10:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday10:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday10:00AM - 6:00PM
SaturdayCLOSED
SundayCLOSED

Contact us

keep in touch

Soul River Inc

1926 N Kilpatrick St,

Suite B,

Portland, OR 97217

Phone. 503-954-7625

Email. info@soulriverinc.org