2018 Deployments

Urban Native Waterlife™ Explorations | Oakridge, OR | May 25-28, 2018 In partnership with Meyer Memorial Trust THREAT LEVEL 2

 

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 riverto seeking out lost, hidden treasures of indigenous culture - all while exploring the aquatic lifeand learning the river's personal history. We will also implement a Knowledge Tribute, where we willnavigate 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 andconnect 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.


Deployment 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

Cross-Cultural Science Expedition – Bears Ears | Utah |
June 21-26, 2018

About this deployment
Known as one of United States of America’s most iconic landscapes and considered an imprint on the rich cultural history of America, Bears Ears is at the threshold of politically charged discussions and threats to our Native tribal communities. Soul River Inc will mobilize youth and veterans into the Grand Gulch, often considered an ‘outdoor museum’ because of its dense concentration of Ancestral Puebloans’ ruins and rock art, it is a destination that offers many opportunities for recreation, exploration and discovery. As a whole, the Grand Gulch Primitive Area sprawls over 37,580 acres of canyons and mesas. Many of the ruins are 800 to 1,200 years old. Around every corner in Grand Gulch and its adjoining canyons, you will see the real dwellings, buildings, tools, pottery, art and other signs of civilization left behind by the ancestors of the region. The canyon is thought to have been one of the most densely populated areas before colonization in North America. It is surmised that a severaldecades-long drought at the end of this period made those who called Grand Gulch home head for more precipitous environs, leaving the ruins behind.
SRI will be merging with one of the four tribes that is most greatly impacted by the recent Bears Ears political events. Our goal is to align with the tribal community and provide support through a project that will leave them with a resource or something that they are able to utilize which will support their efforts to maintain their culture and land. The project will be hands-on skill-building and develop young leaders to be advocates and activists.


Deployment Goals
• San Juan River float and explore natural eco-system
• Instill and apply conservation-minded practices
• Learn fly fishing • Raise the awareness of Bears Ear 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 – Owyhee Canyonlands | Nyssa, OR |
July 6-9, 2018

In partnership with Oregon Natural Desert Association
THREAT LEVEL 3

About this Deployment
Back by popular demand and the fight for our public land still needs all of our voices! Soul River Inc. will be mobilizing youth and veterans back to the Oregon’s pristine and surreal Owyhee Canyon Lands. A treasure that is still unknown by many urban dwellers. It’s remote, wild, deep dark night skies, red rock canyons, blue ribbon brown trout streams and untouched land boasts natural conditions that have prevailed for generations. Literally this place is truly amazing!!! As ambassadors to Mother Nature, Soul River Inc. considers it our role in honoring this land’s past, embracing it in the present, and protecting it for the future. We plan to harness the young minds of inner-city youth and the matured minds of veterans with the passion and spirit to share this vast land of beauty filled with hundreds of miles of wild, scenic rivers with preserved river habitat with a crazy feel of adventure. Participants explore this uncharted desert ecosystem while also learning about conservation and protection of our shared public lands.


Deployment Goals
• Explore the Owhyee Canyon land river natural eco-system
• Instill and apply conservation-minded practices • Outdoor leadership
• 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
• Advocacy of the Wild Owhyee - Youth Leaders and Veterans meeting with congressional staff


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

Conservation & Humanitarian Task Force | Arctic Village, AK
July 17-August 1, 2018

In partnership with Wilburforce Foundation and US Fish & Wildlife Services
THREAT LEVEL 4

About this Deployment
Soul River Inc will work in collaboration with the Gwich’in community to protect rugged landscapes, adventure through story and culture, witness nature’s global conditions, awaken our voice, stand sideby-side as youth leaders and veterans assist in making a lasting supportive change. We will establish an environmental, educational basecamp to engage, build, and advocate for one of our planet’s few remaining pristine ecosystems - the Arctic. 

This deployment is the pinnacle of joint efforts, combining veterans and young leaders of tomorrow into a folding partnership with the Gwich’in community. Through a cultural immersion and environmental engagement, SRI will lead a joint task effort into building and developing a constructional experience based on needs of the Gwich’in community. Whether it’s building a play ground for the children, putting in solar-powered street lights, helping construct a community center for youth, or helping repair picnic tables in communal spaces, the mission is to help be a part of the solution. This deployment will essentially reveal a larger, more communal image of this Arctic tribal community’s reality due to global warming. We will implement an interactive, non-traditional classroom in the village where SRI will observe and discuss concerning issues and gross impacts both environmentally and socially, with the Gwich’in community. SRI will partner with conservation and environmental justice influencers, such as members of the Wilderness Society and USFW allies, to build a bridge between SRI youth leaders and congressional leaders and policy change-makers. Together, we will be the voice in the Lower 48 for the Gwich’in community in order to support the efforts of protecting the Arctic and it’s refuge system.


Deployment Goals

• Take grassroot efforts to protect the environment and strengthen understanding of environmental issues
• Create links among Gwich’in youth and community and SRI youth and community.
• Discuss impacts of climate change, wildlife, ecosystems, culture, etc.
• Instill community-building leadership skills in youth
• Build and repair side-by-side amongst multiple, diverse communities
• Apply conservation-minded practices
• Provide a platform for public policy and advocacy (post-deployment)


Activities
Camping/Off-the-grid Camping, Trekking, Fly Fishing, Entomology, Fly tying, Scientific Inquiry andJournaling, Outdoor Leadership Development, Land Navigation/Map Reading

Angler’s Quest – Ochoco Mountains | Prineville, OR |
August 13-18, 2018

In partnership with Oregon Wild
THREAT LEVEL 2

About this Deployment
The Ochoco Mountains are home to stunning old-growth ponderosa pine forests, sparkling streams, and abundant wildlife. This off-the-beaten-path forest is far from the mental noise of text and emails; where youth leaders will live, learn, and travel in the backcountry, pushing beyond comfort and convention to establish a deeper understanding of their own skills and to build confidence as a leader.

Soul River Inc veterans and youth leaders will work with Oregon Wild on a five day/four night deployment exploring the beautiful and secluded Ochoco National Forest in central Oregon. This deployment will combine outdoor adventures in old-growth forests and rugged river canyons with education on forests and fire ecology, horses and horse packing instruction, fly-fishing, and real life leadership experience.

The first part of this deployment will take place at scenic Walton Lake. From here, SRI will travel to different parts of the forest to participate in fly fishing clinics, day hikes, trail work, and ecology and conservation lessons. This deployment will culminate in a two day/one night backpacking trip up Lookout Mountain with the aid of horses. Camping at the summit of the highest peak in the Ochocos, we will explore how youth can find their own voice and skills as a leader, and advocate for the protection of wildlife and wild places.


Deployment Goals:
• Learn to fly-fish on the Wild and Scenic North Fork of the Crooked River
• Meet and interact with horses and people who explore Oregon’s wilderness on horseback
• Develop a deeper understanding of old-growth forests, and the role forest fires play in healthy forests
• Develop an understanding and appreciation for the role of wilderness on our public lands
• Instill the skills, awareness, and competence to make every group a team; to empower all people, of all backgrounds, to feel comfortable and confident in the outdoors
• Encourage a strong work ethic by engaging in physical stewardship work maintaining the local hiking trails
• Learn backcountry camping, hiking skills, trail etiquette, map reading, and land navigation
• Outdoor leadership skills training and development
• Provide a platform and structure for youth leaders to take on leadership roles alongside veteran mentors


Activities:
Fly-fishing, backpacking, horse-packing, conservation advocacy, forest ecology, backcountry camping, cooking, travel skills, outdoor leadership development

Yanaguana Rio de Vida Exploration

Date - March 11-15

Location : San Antonio, Texas

About this Deployment:

The term Water is Life is a mantra against which few would choose to argue and the history of the city of San Antonio is deeply intertwined with the history of the San Antonio River. As the land surrounding the river passed from Native American hunter-gatherers utilizing the Olmos Creek Basin to the Spanish explorers who documented this area in the mid 1500’s, the river has been a part of each individual and community story. By the 1850’s the river was hard at work for the people of San Antonio, powering waterworks and mills, feeding irrigation ditches, providing drinking water, putting out fires, and carrying sewage downstream. As time went on, a new reliance on wells led to a decline in the springs that fed the river. Even when floods threatened to wipe out the citizens of San Antonio and when regular evacuations became a part of daily life in the town, attempts to pave over the river were met with staunch opposition. The river was a part of daily life for those in San Antonio. Hundreds of years later, while the city has changed drastically and systems of dams have been implemented to protect the downtown, the protection of the river remains top of mind for the city. Beautifufication led to the famed river walk and modern day technology has allowed the city to maintain a strong river through an intensive water recycling project. The San Antonio River Authority has been front and center in this process and the 2002 discovery of a logperch (fish species) has only underline their efforts to assure a clean river for both residents and for wildlife.

Soul River Inc will deploy youth and Veterans back in time to explore the rich history of the San Antonio River . The river flows 240 miles, converging with the Guadalupe River before finally flowing into San Antonio Bay on the Gulf of Mexico. Filled with wildlife and framed by a diversity of tangled landscapes, this deployment will work closely with local leadership to learn about the restoration of this historical river. While our deployments normally explore areas experiencing environmental threat, this deployment allows a deep dive into the backstory of what happens when a community comes together to protect an important place and an essential resource. The San Antonio River is now one of the world’s top two recyclable rivers. Partnering with the San Antonio River Authority allows access to scientists and engineers who will share their experience and how the advancement of green technology and practices has allowed for conservation. The youth leaders of tomorrow and Veterans will thus explore unconventional approach outdoor leadership and environmental advocacy.

Mission Forward Project: TBD
Partner - San Antonio River Authority

Arctic Conservation & Humanitarian Task Force 2019

Date: June 18 - June 30th

Location : Ivishak River & Venetie, Arctic Circle

About this Deployment:

Soul River Inc will return to the Arctic to deepen and continue to enrich our strong partnership with the Gwich’in community. Together, we will work to protect rugged landscapes, adventure through story and culture, witness nature’s global conditions, awaken our voice, and stand side-by-side with local leaders as youth leaders and Veterans assist in making a lasting supportive change. We will establish an environmental, educational basecamp to engage, build, and advocate for one of our planet’s few remaining pristine ecosystems - the Arctic.

This deployment is the pinnacle of joint efforts, combining Veterans and young leaders of tomorrow into a partnership with the Gwich’in community. In addition to cultural immersion and environmental engagement education, SRI will lead a joint effort infrastructure project based on the predetermined wishes of the Gwich’in community. Whether building a playground, installing solar-powered lights, or helping repair picnic tables in communal spaces, the mission is to help be a part of the solution.

At the same time, this deployment offers education about this Arctic tribal community’s reality due to global warming. Faced with climate change, extractive development and drilling, traditional life among the Gwich’in Nation is at threat. We will implement an interactive, non-traditional classroom in the village where SRI will observe and discuss and learn from community elders about the gross impacts both environmentally and socially. SRI will partner with conservation and environmental justice influencers, such as members of the Wilderness Society and USFW allies, to build a bridge between SRI youth leaders and congressional leaders and policy change-makers. Together, we will be the voice in the Lower 48 for the Gwich’in community in order to support the efforts of protecting the Arctic and it’s refuge system.

Deployment Goals:

  • Take grassroot efforts to protect the environment and strengthen understanding of environmental issues

  • Create links among Gwich’in youth and community and SRI youth and community.

  • Discuss impacts of climate change, wildlife, ecosystems, culture, etc.

  • Instill community-building leadership skills in youth

  • Build and repair side-by-side amongst multiple, diverse communities

  • Apply conservation-minded practices

  • Provide a platform for public policy and advocacy (post-deployment)

Mission Forward Project: Gwich’in Nation Infrastructure Development
Partner - US. FISH AND WILDLIFE | WILBURFORCE FOUNDATION

ALPHA WILD | The Gray Wolf

Date: July 7-12

Location : Location Wallowa Mountains https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallowa_Mountains Joseph, Oregon

About this Deployment:

Gray wolves (Canis lupus) were once common in Oregon, occupying most of the state. However, due to a deliberate effort to eradicate the species, wolves were regionally extinct by the late 1940s and remained so for over half a century. After a hard-fought legal settlement, Oregon’s fragile wolf recovery is back on track under the most progressive wolf conservation plan in the country. We now have a population of 110 wolves – however, many of those are isolated in the northeast corner of Oregon.

Soul River will join in partnership with Oregon Wild and journey into the Wallowa Mountains https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallowa_Mountains, an area where Wolf Conservation is underway. Youth leaders will back pack into the wild accompanied by Veterans and the Oregon Wild Wolf Conservation Team with a mission to install wildlife cameras in a sensitive areas of wolf habitat and to learn and observe the behavior of wolves in its natural environment. While wolf sightings are extremely rare, youth will learn about tracking wild species through scat and footprints. Additionally, they will learn about opposition to Wolf Conservation from local leaders whose livelihoods are threatened by wolves. Youth will be challenged to evaluate and form opinions and action plans related to how humans and animals can co-exist here in Oregon.

Additionally, this journey into the backcountry will include time on the Snake River with Winding Waters for a river run and fly-fishing for some amazing trout and steelhead.

Mission Forward: Trail Cam Installation
Partner - Oregon Wild, Winding Waters

Bears Ears

Date: July 17-26

Location : Utah, Monument Valley

About this Deployment:

Known as one of United States of America’s most iconic landscapes and considered an imprint on the rich cultural history of America, The Bears Ears National Monument is at the center of politically charged discussions regarding land designations in our country. With specific significance to multiple Native Nations, this is a place where Soul River youth and Veterans can learn about the rich history of Native peoples in the United States as well as the contemporary issues they face.

Within the Navajo Nation, with the guidance and support of partners Jonah Yellowman of Utah Dine Bikeyah and Charlotte Morris of the Olijato Veterans Organization, Soul River will make base camp. This year, Soul River will attend the Bear’s Ears Summer Gathering with our hosts.

This deployment mobilizes Soul River Inc. youth and Veterans into Monument Valley and fosters deep connections with local leaders while exploring some of American’s most stunning landscapes, including The Valley of the God’s outdoor museum’ and the area’s dense concentration of traditional homes, rock art and cultural artifacts. This is a destination that offers many opportunities for recreation, exploration and discovery. It is said this was once densely populated areas of the U.S. before colonization in North America.

SRI will be merging with the Navajo Nation, members of which have been widely united in standing together as a voice on the front lines for the protection of Bears Ears as a place of cultural importance to tribal nations. Our goal is to align with the community, learn their values, build strong relationships and engage in a project which can provide support for their ongoing efforts to maintain their culture and land. The project will be hands-on skill-building and will develop young leaders to be advocates and activists.

Mission Forward: Trail Cam Installation
Partner - Oregon Wild, Winding Waters

DOOMSDAY RANCH

Date: August **th-**th

Location: Scott Mountains

About this Deployment:

The Scott Mountains are a subrange of the Klamath Mountains located in Siskiyou County, ranging from Southern Oregon into northwestern California. A high point is Scott Mountain Summit, a mountain gap-pass at 5,554 feet in elevation. Soul River Inc. will deploy youth and Veterans into this new area for the organization to experience and rehabilitate the future home of Soul River Inc.’s headquarter, the Doomsday Ranch. This 765 acres ranch is located along the southern portion of the Noyes Valley.

Surrounded by mountain terrain, wild land, wildlife and freshwater rivers and lakes, this deployment will focus on the exploration of wilderness areas and the relationship between human impact, land development and conservation. Through outdoor leadership classes, fly fishing, hiking and making journalistic observations, we will survey the land and work closely with the surrounding community to plan for its future development.

Cross-Cultural Exploration: This deployment is located in the heart of the Karuk Tribe’s ancestral territory, which extends along the Klamath River form Bluff Creek (near the community of Orleans in Humboldt County) through Siskiyou County in Southern Oregon. The name "Karuk," also spelled "Karok," means "upriver people", or "upstream" people.

Hours

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

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Soul River Inc

1926 N Kilpatrick St,

Suite B,

Portland, OR 97217

Phone. 503-954-7625

Email. info@soulriverinc.org