Know Your Watershed Kick-Off

Sunday, March 29 2020

Know Your Watershed Kick-Off

FREE EVENT: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at Bear River Campground Day-Use, Colfax, CA


This event kicks off the month long celebration of the Yuba, Bear and American River watersheds with a Nisenan Blessing, Neena McNair Family Singers praying and singing with the Mother Drum. Learn about watersheds from many of our collaborating organizations at display booths. Discover plants and animals of this watershed at our Bear River Bio-Blitz or afternoon hike! Children’s activities and music by Riparia. Join us for a picnic at noon after the bio-blitz.

KYW Kick-Off Schedule of Events
  • 10:00 – 12:00

Bioblitz Training and biological inventory of the Bear River. Rick Ramos leads with several experts in plants, birds, other animal types. Come as a participant or learn how to lead a bioblitz of your own!

We will record species using the app INaturalist. If you choose to use the app please download it before the bioblitz. When you are setting it up, search Projects (top right) and add the Bear Watershed Naturalists project, with an icon photo of the river, not the Sierra Streams Institute project with similar name. You may also use a pad and pencil, camera, or just bring your curiosity. Other helpful items include binoculars, magnifying glass or hand lens. Also bring, water, hat, sunscreen, tick protection, snacks, sturdy walking shoes (it could be wet in spots).

  • 11:00 – 3:00

Enviro-Fair features dozens of environmental nonprofit from all four watersheds sharing information about their watershed issues, their events in April and how you can get involved

  • 11:00 – 2:00

The Neena McNair Family Singers will be praying and singing with the Mother Drum

  • 11:00 – 2:30

Gold Country Fly Fishers will have a hands on aquatic bug tank and identification for kids and adult’s, and also they will have practice fly rods, and casting instructions.

  • 12:00 – 12:30  or as long as you want

Bring your picnic lunch, blanket and or chairs and join your neighbors and friends at the riverside.

  • 12:30 – 1:00 

Nisenan Blessing by Clyde Prout and family from the Colfax- Todd’s Valley  Consolidated Tribe

  • 1:00 – 1:30

Music by Riparia

  • 1:45 – 2:15 

Water Quality Monitoring Demonstration from Wolf Creek Alliance and Sierra Streams Institute

  • 2:30 -3:30

Guided tour by our experts Richard Marks and Kristen Hein Strohm as you hike the Bear River campground trail network, maintained by the Meadow Vista Trails Association

  • 4:00 

Riverside activities end and the KYW Kick-off Celebration moves to the Sierra Vista Community Center

Bear River Rising Film Festival

FREE EVENT: 4:30 pm doors open, to 8 pm, At Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St, Colfax, CA

Come on down….. it’s FREE. Join your neighbors and friends in celebrating the Bear River Watershed!

Bear River Awakening Schedule of Events
  • 4:30 PM

Doors Open, with pizza by the slice and complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and refreshments

  • 5:00 PM

Program begins

Citizen Science in the Bear River presented by Sierra Streams Institute
Sierra Streams Institute has been collecting data in the Bear River watershed with the help of citizen scientists for 4 years. We are in the midst of building a comprehensive data set that will be used to make decisions in the watershed in the near future. Come learn about the work that’s being done and learn how you, too, can become a citizen scientist.
  • 5:30 PM

Bear River Films begin

Bear River Watershed in photographs, with an update on the Bear River Watershed hiking trail

  • 6:15 – 8:00 PM

More Bear River and Wild & Scenic inspirational short films

Register to be an Exhibitor


Join our first Know Your Watershed Kick-Off Celebration on Sunday March 31st, 2019 at the Bear River Campground!

Be an exhibitor and let guests know about your nonprofit, watershed issues and how they can get involved. 

Each booth is required to bring tables, chairs, tents that you may need for the day.

This is a zero waste event, please pack out what you pack in and keep single-use materials at your booth to a minimum.  

We encourage booths that are interactive for guests to help them interested and asking questions. 

Complete the form below to register for a table.  

Directions:To reach the day use area from Colfax via Milk Ranch Road, you continue past that sign maybe half a mile, through the campground; the day use area is on the right, between the road and the river, just before the road heads back uphill on Plum Tree.