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RiverTrek 2023: Overview
The annual RiverTrek fundraiser-awareness campaign supports the advocacy, education and outreach work of Apalachicola Riverkeeper (AR), a member based non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Apalachicola River and Bay. AR staff and volunteers organize RiverTrek.
This year’s RiverTrek paddling trip occurs October 4-8, 2023 with backup time period (in case of high water or severe weather) October 18-22, 2023. Participants need to be available during both time periods.
Volunteer kayak paddlers are selected by May 1, 2023. Fundraising begins in early summer.
The RiverTrek team, a limited group of 12-15 kayak paddlers, will travel the 107-mile length of the Apalachicola River in 5 days, averaging 20+ miles per day with additional side-trip options. Each night paddlers camp along the river’s bank. Prior to launch, the volunteer paddlers seek donations in their respective communities from friends, family members, businesses and community members.
The team works with staff and the board to leverage the RiverTrek campaign collectively. The fundraising goal is a team (staff, board, volunteer paddlers) effort. Events and other activities will develop with each team. Previous Trekkers will also assist in this effort. Applications are due April 15, 2023.
Questions? Please contact Outreach Director Cameron Baxley. [email protected]
Enjoy some RiverTrek videos and related short videos from the WFSU Ecology Blog.