Rios to Rivers Youth with Klamath Tribal Council, The Klamath River Keeper Board, and Youth from Chile’ the Klamath, Karuk, Yurok, and Hoopa Tribes.

Rios to Rivers 2017 with the Klamath, Karuk, Yurok, and Hoopa Youth

From July 10-13, 2017, the Youth from Patagonia, Chile’ and the Klamath River Tribes (Klamath, Karuk, Yurok, and Hoopa), and community youth, was in the homelands of the Klamath Tribes in Chiloquin, Oregon. The Rios to Rivers Cultural Exchange will be touring the Klamath Basin and the Klamath River over the next 3 weeks, to share the Chile’ youth’s experience opposing proposed dams in Chile (which are owned by the Corporations). They will tour from the headwaters (Klamath Tribes) along the entire river system of the Klamath River… thru the homelands of the Karuk, Yurok, and Hoopa people.

The field program will last three weeks and be composed of ten students from Chile and ten students from the Klamath Basin and Klamath River Tribes.  During the first week of the program they will visit the Klamath dams and study the effects that they have upriver. Over the course of 3 weeks they will raft and kayak over 100 miles of the Klamath River from Klamath County to the Pacific Ocean.

They will arrive at the mouth on July 29th to celebrate a Youth for Rivers Day of Celebration.

Through cultural exchange and place-based experiences, everyone aims to educate and empower the next generation of river stewards. Four dams are slated for removal from the Klamath, by 2020, which will be the largest dam removal in history. We are excited to bring all these youth and communities together; one that is dealing with the embodied costs of large dams and one that is working to protect its rivers from proposed dams. Students, community members, and local experts will share their connections to and knowledge of their home watersheds with one another, while exploring questions around the current and future management of the rivers they call home.

In February, 2018, some of  these same Klamath Basin youth will travel to Patagonia, Chile to experience an un-dammed, pristine river via raft and kayak from source to sea and share their experiences of a degraded river with local people from Patagonia. We will leverage the impact of these exchanges by sharing this intriguing story with Latin American and world audiences via press, a new film and community discussions.

Their Time here with the Klamath Tribes was Beautiful!

Thank you Everyone for your time, efforts and support of these Youth Leaders!

See their journey here below…

Rios to Rivers: MISSION

To inspire the protection of rivers through river-running, hands-on education, and the support of outdoor programs.

With a focus on education and cultural exchange, we aim to give students the information and tools they need to form

their own conclusions and become knowledgeable spokespeople for the world’s rivers and the people who depend on them.





Ríos to Rivers was founded to empower and educate the next generation of river stewards to protect pristine and restore degraded river ecosystems in Chilean, Patagonia and the U.S. We first started the program to keep the Baker and Pascua rivers in Chilean Patagonia from being destroyed by massive hydroelectric dams. Chilean and US students took part in hands on studies of river ecology, ran the Grand Canyon to learn the positive story of its successful protection and learned about the tragic fate of Glen Canyon. Students from the US also traveled to the Baker to learn, alongside their Chilean peers, the value of pristine un-dammed river ecosystem.

This positive approach to protecting rivers led to mass media coverage and helped to spread public awareness of the threats to the rivers. Inspired by the success of the inaugural exchanges, this year Ríos to Rivers is conducting exchanges between students who live along the Klamath River in the North-West of the U.S. and students from Patagonia, Chile.

We see the value in bringing these two communities together: one that is facing the true embodied costs and devastating results of large dams and one that is still working to protect its pristine rivers from proposed dams. Our goal is to further our mission by catalyzing the discussion around a central question: Why do we continue to build new dams on one side of the world while dams are being removed much sooner than expected on the other side of the world?

Both groups of students come from low-income families and both share a common bond: a love and dependence on a mighty river in their backyard. The Patagonian youth live on the banks of the Río Baker, Chile’s most voluminous river. The U.S. students are predominately from Native American tribes that have called the Klamath Basin home for millennia. We are excited for the students to share their stories with each other and the world!

We are always seeking support both to fund direct student costs and to ensure the long-term sustainability and distinction of Ríos to Rivers today and into the future.

The total cost to support one student in our exchanges is $5,000. Considering the profound experience and lifelong impact a trip like this will have on these exceptional young men and women, we know that it is money well spent.

We invite you to sponsor one or more students or to help support Rios to Rivers at any level you can! *Students Sponsored by the Riostorivers Organization.




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under the 501(c)(3) tax-code.