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Earth Day American River Cleanup - April 18
Your opportunity to give on the Big Day of Giving May 5
2015 High School Scholarship Essay Contest Awards Increased
Lake Clementine Hydro Project  |  River-Friendly Landscaping at Home
Paddle the Confluence to China Bar
Preview the new Guidebook in a Flipbook Tour!   |  Retail Outlets for our new Guidebook
PARC Film in W&S Film Festival

Earth Day River American River Cleanup
Saturday April 18th, 8 am to 1 pm at the Confluence

Earth Day American River Cleanup - click to view large posterDown-by-the-Riverside

8:00 am   Registration at information booth, and after Safety Talk, clean-up begins.

9:00 am  Canyon Keeper led Confluence Historic Bridges hike begins.

9:30 am  Award winning watercolor artist Juan Peña paints the Confluence.

High Noon  Lunch subs provided by Togo's for cleanup volunteers.

1:00 pm  PARC High School Scholarship Essay Contest winners receive awards.

1:00 to 3:00 pm  Loping Wolf Cedar Flute Music and Drumming with Pierre.

Meet at the Old Auburn-Foresthill Curved Bridge near the Confluence, 3 miles below Auburn near the Highway 49 American River Crossing. See map.

Check in at the Protect American River Canyons information booth to register. Receive your free map of the American River Confluence Parkway (first 50 volunteers), trash collection bags, water, snacks, and Starbucks coffee. Wear sturdy shoes. Bring gloves.

For more information about the clean-up contact the Auburn State Recreation Area office @ 530-885-4527 or PARC @ 530-885-8878.

Free Earth Day activities continue on April 19th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the School Park Preserve, 55 College Way in Downtown Auburn. Featuring music, live art, interactive booths, activities and food.

A very special thanks to all our sponsors.

Sponsored by Auburn State Recreation Area, Protect American River Canyons
and the Canyon Keepers.
Special thanks to PG&E, Recology-Auburn, California State Parks Foundation, Placer Arts, and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Co-Sponsors of the Clean Up
Protect American River Canyons logo
Auburn SRA California State Parks Badge
Canyon Keepers logo
Recology-Auburn Placer logo
California State Parks Foundation logo
Placer Arts logo
PG&E logo

Tuesday, May 5th: Your opportunity to give where your heart is on the BIG Day of Giving

For 24 hours, from midnight to midnight on May 5, go to to give a donation to Protect American River Canyons (PARC). Donations made on May 5 through the BIG Day of Giving website will receive a boost from Incentive Pool funds which will amplify every donation. Donors can be assured that their investment will go farther!

BIG Day of Giving is a collaboration of GiveLocalNow and Placer Community Foundation to rally support for the vital work of local nonprofits.

Thank you!

Scholarship Awards increased to $1500 for 2015 Essay Contest

The Essay Contest topic for High School Seniors graduating in 2015 will be:

Why do I care about the American River, and what is my vision for protection of the river and its canyons for future generations?

Protect American River Canyons Scholarship logoStudents can apply for the Scholarships by submitting an original essay of no more than 500 words describing their response to the topic question about the North and Middle Fork American Rivers and canyons located upstream of Folsom Reservoir, in the Auburn State Recreation Area.

Download the essay contest rules and entry form below:

Scholarship Essay Contest rules and application

See more about the Scholarship Essay Contest here

The American River Fall Cleanup

The American River Fall Cleanup held on September 20, 2014 was an overwhelming success despite the cool breeze in the morning with raspy smoke so thick that the cleanup came within seconds of being canceled. Thanks to all who turned out and all who clean the river and canyons on a regular basis making it cleaner and safer for all. YOU ARE OUR HEROES!!

American River Cleanup Fall 2014
Historic Boiler removal at Pennyweight on North Fork

Paddle Safety Day Fun

Many thanks to Sierra Outdoor Center and Canyon Raft Rentals for providing gear and the Canyon Keepers for hosting the Junior Ranger Activities.

2014 Paddle Safety Day

River-Friendly Landscaping

River-Friendly Landscaping at Home

Easy steps for creating healthy, beautiful landscapes while protecting and caring for our environment.

Click here for the brochure: The 7 Principles of River-Friendly Landscaping

Courtesy of River-Friendly Landscaping

Auburn Deserves a Good Paddling!

Yonica and Family
Paddle Auburn! Confluence to China Bar Whitewater Run available weekends. Water comes up at the Confluence from Middle Fork
Hydro release around 5:00 PM.

These long summer solstice days are perfect for paddling from the Confluence Area to China Bar below the City of Auburn. The China Bar Auburn SRA access is open on weekends till sunset. The PCWA hydro release reaches the Confluence Area around 5:00 PM - plenty of time to paddle this 4.5 mile stretch of river before sunset. Otters, blue herons and, rarely, bear and bald eagles have been observed along this stretch of river.

Otters playing on rocks
Otters playing on rocks

PARC participates in the American River Cleanup twice a year, in spring and fall.
In 2014, the Fall American River CleanUp will be held on Saturday, September 20.
Great Sierra River Cleanup 2014
Rex removing metal from the river

Removal of shopping carts and other trash on double kayak

Bill finds a tire

Collaborating with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy
to Keep the American River Clean & Safe
on Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Auburn SRA California State Parks Badge
Canyon Keepers Logo
Recology-Auburn Placer Logo
Co-Sponsors of the Clean Up

American River Guidebook Is Now Printed!
It's ready to ship and is also available at local stores

Order Guidebooks Here

Front and Back cover of new 'The American River Insider's Guide to Recreation, Ecology and Cultural History of the North, Middle and South Forks'

Update: The book is fresh off the printers! It is ready to ship per orders from this website. It's also available at local stores. See list of stores below.

Looking for the most up-to-date recreational, historical and ecological information for the Auburn State Recreation Area? PARC's completely revised 416-page 3rd edition is now available.

Mystic Design's Laurel Mathe has redesigned the book format making it easier to access specific information on the river and canyons. The guidebook first published over 20 years ago includes a new color natural history chapter, with illustrations by John Muir Laws. The trails chapter has been completely revised with new maps, trails descriptions including the Western States Trail, natural and cultural history sidebars, activities to do while hiking with kids and contributions from the Canyon Keepers and local guidebook authors. A complete concise mile-by-mile whitewater chapter written by river guides includes: rapid difficulty ratings and descriptions, maps, geology, Gold Rush history and access information to the North, Middle and South Forks. The richly illustrated Native American River History chapter features Native American traditions as viewed through song, dance, basket making, acorn food preparation and creation myths. Romanticized stories and songs of the Gold Rush, complete with Charles Weed's historic photos of the Grand Flume on the Middle, and other photos from the early days of the Gold Rush are featured in the history chapter. The final pages of the guidebook are devoted to options for permanently protecting the American River.

It is with deep appreciation that PARC would like to thank all the authors, editors, photographers and artists who collaborated to create this book out of their concern for the future of the American River.

The Guidebook is now available at the following locations.

Auburn Area Retail Outlets:

Sacramento Area Outlets:

Coloma-Lotus-Placerville Area Outlets:

Other Areas:

Or order from this website:

PARC Produced Wild and Scenic Video shown at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Wild & Scenic North Fork American River Video

Earlier this year PARC started working on producing a DVD video promoting California Wild & Scenic designation for a 16 mile segment of the North Fork American River from Colfax Iowa Bridge to Lake Clementine. This part of the river has already been deemed eligible for Wild & Scenic designation. The DVD was made with support of a grant from Patagonia and is hosted by local educator, Bart O’Brien. Ridgeline Entertainment, an Auburn based film production company, assisted PARC in the filming and editing of this educational DVD.

This video will be part of PARC’s on-going campaign to garner local and statewide support to keep the North Fork free-flowing from the threat of the still authorized Auburn dam. Local Congressman Tom McClintock has been actively working on lobbying support to build the dam with his recent keynote address to the revived Auburn Dam Council.

SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City featured the premiere screening of PARC’s "Wild & Scenic North Fork American River" DVD on Saturday, January 11, 2014.

See more about Wild & Scenic American River

Protect American River Canyons is dedicated to the protection and conservation of the natural, recreational, cultural, and historical resources of the North and Middle Forks of the American River and its canyons, for all to care for and enjoy.

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