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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

Volunteer for the 2022 Downtown White River Cleanup

Registration is now open for the 2022 Downtown White River Cleanup in partnership with Citizens Energy Group.

Join your fellow Friends on Saturday, April 30 from 8 a.m. to noon. Your advance registration ensures you will receive a free tee shirt recognizing your volunteer efforts.

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Please dress for the weather: Wear long pants and shoes that can get muddy, wet, or dirty (no sandals or flip flops, please). Also bring sunblock, a hat, and a filled reusable water bottle.

Free parking is located at 700 West Morris Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46225.

If you can’t participate as a volunteer, please consider making a donation to Friends of the White River to help support this and other restoration efforts. Your contribution helps pay for work gloves, masks, trash bags and garbage pickers, refreshments, and other supplies used for this and other cleanups throughout the year.

Thanks for being a part of this and our other efforts on behalf of a waterway we know you love!

cleanup volunteers

Friends annual meeting is postponed

Friends of the White River is postponing our Annual Member Meeting due to the Covid-19 Omicron variant. We are hoping to reschedule for warmer weather this spring or summer, when we can hold the event outside.

You can expect a Save the Date announcement this spring on our web site and social media accounts. All members will also receive an email. Thank you for your understanding and stay safe!

Friends of the White River relies heavily on memberships and your generous donations to conduct our River School and Cleanup programs, as well as advocate for public policy decisions that improve water quality in and recreational access to White River.

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White River at Southwestway Park, Indianapolis. Photo by Kyle Doles.