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Volunteers cleaned up!

Great to see multiple generations working to improve the banks of White River at the 2022 Downtown White River Cleanup! Tons of trash and illegally dumped debris collected by this dedicated group of volunteers. Thanks to all of you for a job well done!

cleanup volunteers

Come learn at a Stream Steward Workshop

Join staff from the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District and Friends of the White River for a Stream Steward Workshop to learn how to become a more responsible riparian property owner! The workshop is free, but registration is required.

9:30 a.m. to noon EST, Saturday, May 21, 2022 at the Indianapolis Art Center, 820 East 67th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220.

register for the workshop

The workshop will be held at a beautiful location adjacent to the White River and will highlight several facets of stream bank management including the following topics:

  • Keeping trash out of our waterways
  • Invasive plant identification and treatment options
  • Sediment and erosion control strategies
  • Stream ecosystems and the macroinvertebrates
  • Native plant and live stake installation options
  • Tree and shrub planting activities

The program is funded with the generous support of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and its Partners for the White River efforts involving more than a dozen organizations, working towards enhancement of the waterway. Another component of the grant in addition to the Stream Steward Guide and workshops focuses on the problem of illegal dumping along the river’s banks.

people in the woods
Stream Steward Workshop, October 2021

2022 River School Volunteer Trainings

This spring, Friends of the White River is offering three River School Volunteer Trainings. If you’ve ever wanted to join our River School team as a raft guide, this is the best way to get involved. Register for the volunteer trainings held April 23, May 7, and June 4, 2022.

Trainings are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are free to current or prospective Friends of the White River members at least 21 years old.

Each workshop will include hands-on training on appropriate gear and clothing, equipment use and care, small group leadership and briefing practice, river safety procedures, and a 1.5 hour float along White River if conditions permit.

Volunteer Raft Guides are the core of the River School program and we cannot do it without you!

paddlers in a raft on White River