Applications must be received by 11:59pm on January 21, 2018!


Be Thorough: It is really important to complete your application questions with thought and clarity. These will be reviewed by the Application Review Committee and are truly the "first impression" of the applicant. They want to know that you are genuinely interested in the program - not just a trip!

Brag...a little: We want to know what interests you about the program, what motivates you, and what makes you stand out!

References Matter: The Application Review Committee will be reaching out to some or all of your references. List people who know you in a group setting, have partnered with you, seen your strengths, and can brag some more about you! One immediate family member (i.e., a parent to a youth or a partner to a volunteer or veteran) is ok. 


Please scan and send completed application to or mail to Soul River Inc., ATTN: Application Review Committee, 1926 N. Kilpatrick St., Ste. B, Portland, OR 97217. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS PERSONALLY DROPPED OFF AT OUR OFFICE. PLEASE RETAIN A COPY OF THIS APPLICATION FOR YOUR REFERENCE.


Our objective is to educate and empower two major, underserved demographics within our community through rich, investigative learning experiences, and environmental justice: inner-city youth and recently returned military veterans. We merge these two groups together on outdoor educational “deployments” to wild rivers and public lands that are accessible to all. Mother Nature provides the raw beauty, we provide the opportunity of a lifetime, and youth and veterans build authentic relationships in safe places to heal from battle wounds of the streets and war zones. SRI stands out from other organizations or program as each deployment focuses on simultaneously integrating four components:

Learning and exploring entomology and identifying various species
Utilizing river navigation tools
Studying river habitats and learning about restoration and conservation
Transferring insect knowledge to the art of tying river-specific flies
Integrating conservation-focused dialogue and education
Translating information and scientific observations to prepare for peer-to-peer presentations
Field Journalism

Outdoor Leadership
Instilling morals and ethics around being ambassadors of nature and environmental justice
Teaching and incorporating survival skills, wilderness preparation, land and river navigation
Building opportunities for small group leadership
Integrating professional career development with an emphasis on STEAM and outdoor careers
Mentoring, peer-to-peer and veteran-to-youth

Fly Fishing
River reading and navigation
Casting instruction
Casting instruction and teaching rod/reel basics (anatomy of the rod and reel, knot tying)
Tying river-specific flies
Instructing on river ambassadorship and angler etiquette

Culture & Community
Creating small groups for learning, maintaining a strong youth to veteran ratio (3:1)
Providing a safe space for conversation and authenticity amongst all participants
Inviting prior participants on future outings for relationship sustainability and mentorship


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

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Soul River Inc

1926 N Kilpatrick St,

Suite B,

Portland, OR 97217

Phone. 503-954-7625