River Guide Education Program

Community Education

Our community is inextricably connected to the Eagle River watershed through economic, recreational, and aesthetic ties. For this reason, we at the Watershed Council believe that everyone in this valley, residents and visitors alike, should have access to a basic understanding of our local rivers and streams.

River Guide Education ProgramWe recognize that river guides have a unique opportunity to connect with the visiting population and act as ambassadors for our watershed. Whether fly fishing, rafting, kayaking, or stand-up paddling, consistent client contact gives guides the chance to educate individuals who otherwise might not have access to such information.

“The River Guide Education Program is very beneficial. We have a lot of families and children on our tours. If we can pass on this information while they’re out having a good time on the river, that sticks with them and they carry it forward.”
-Greg Kelchner, owner Timberline Tours

We created this River Guide Educational Program as a way to teach the teachers. Through this free, convenient certification process, guides are introduced to the Eagle River Watershed and its history, water law and policy, an overview of the Colorado River, threats to our waterways, and a look at local flora and fauna.

“The program gives a unique and inspiring view of our local watersheds. The presentation is packed with facts and tidbits for future conversations.”
-Dylan Heaney, manager Gore Creek Fly Fisherman

We are happy to announce the shops who were certified so through the 2015 River Guide Education Program. These shops are dedicated stewards of the rivers & streams on which they guide clients year round. We are thrilled to have them on board!

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Join the River Guide Education Program! If you are interested in learning more or want to get your shop involved in 2016, please contact us at outreach@erwc.org.

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