Event Details

Connecticut River Conservancy's River Celebration is our annual event that celebrates the nationally-recognized Connecticut River watershed and the people who love it.

Enjoy a day on the river with awesome excursions, delicious local lunch, the Bud Foster awards ceremony, and a unique roundtable discussion led by farm and river advocates. We'll also share important news and updates from CRC.

Farm/River Roundtable: “Doing Right by Our Rivers”
The fertile river valley supports our thriving farm economy. What are local farmers doing to keep our rivers clean? This panel of experts will answer that question and more. Moderated by Vermont Lt. Governor David Zuckerman.

Bud Foster Awards: These awards highlight individuals who have shown outstanding devotion, service and commitment to our rivers.
Marie Levesque Caduto, Watershed Coordinator of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Adair Mulligan, Executive Director of the Hanover Conservancy.

There will be additional surprises and loads of fun. Come out and celebrate CRC and our rivers and farms!



Schedule of the day:

Check-in: 9:30am-10:15am

Demonstrations: 9:30am-12:30pm

  • Stream table
  • Soil infiltration table
  • Water quality testing
  • Urine diversion

Morning Excursions: 10:15am-11:30am (unless otherwise noted)
You must pre-register for excursions!

  • Paddling Adventure with Annette Spaulding (BYO canoe/kayak preferred, rentals available - see note below*)
    Relaxing, calm, exploratory paddle at one of the most significant Native American meeting and fishing sites -- the junction of the West River and Connecticut River. Over 200 species of wild birds have been identified. Home to mink, beaver, many mammals as well as turtle species.

    * Canoes and kayaks for rent for $20/boat from
    Vt. Canoe Touring Center. Please contact them directly to rent and be sure to tell them you’re part of River Celebration. Your boat(s) will be waiting for you at the Retreat Farm!
  • Fly Casting Workshop with David Deen
    Come learn about casting fly line. It is an art and fun. You will learn some of the casting basics and know enough to go further on your own. This is a casting workshop only - no fishing today.

  • Freshwater Mussel Ecology Workshop with Ayla Skorupa
    Learn about mussels and the challenges of restoration. Rotate to different stations where you will learn about freshwater mussel species, their life cycle and applied conservation techniques.

  • Pontoon Cruise with CRC staff
    Explore CRC’s influence on your rivers as we head south on the Connecticut. We'll lay out the local history of the river from 19th century to the present.

  • Retreat Farm Trail Walk: Past, Present and Future (begins at 10:30)
    Join the staff of the Retreat Farm to walk the trails and learn about their vision and plans.

  • Self-guided Farm Experience (ongoing 10am–12:30pm)
    Visit the animals, trails and play areas at your own pace. Great fun for the kids!

Lunch by Tito's Taqueria and Vermont Country Deli and Live music by River Rhapsody 11:15am-12:30pm

For Kids Only! - Ice cream-making workshop: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Program: 12:30pm-2pm

  • Welcome from Andrew Fisk, CRC Executive Director
  • Bud Foster Awards Ceremony, honoring Marie Levesque Caduto and Adair Mulligan
  • Farm/River Roundtable: “Doing Right by Our Rivers” - moderated by Vermont Lt. Governor David Zuckerman
  • News & Announcements from CRC