Take part in the ongoing
preservation of Rock River!
The River is here today thanks to the work and financial support of many individuals over the last several decades. It will be here in the future only with YOUR SUPPORT!
Maintaining the River is not free! Our 2021 expenses totaled over $6,000, including:
- Real Estate Taxes - $1,900 (yes, even as a nonprofit organization, we must pay local property taxes!)
- Insurance - $1,500
- Donations to local organizations - $1,000 (including to the first responders who keep River visitors safe!)
- Trail safety improvements and new River signage - $1,600
If your budget allows, please contribute to our regular annual expense fund today! Please consider automatic monthly donations: this commitment helps ensure reliable support for ongoing expenses. Contributions may be made at our PayPal donation link below, or by check to Rock River Preservation, Inc. at the address on our contact page.
Additional Ways to Support the River
Rock River Preservation needs help from dedicated individuals for our regular trail maintenance and cleanup work. Please email us to sign up for our newsletter to hear about opportunities as they're announced.
Rock River Preservation recently established an endowment fund to help ensure financial stability for the River for years to come. You may direct a donation to this fund in the notes section you'll find when clicking the "Donate" link above, or contact us to discuss a large gift or bequest.
Rock River Preservation typically holds an annual fundraising party. We are planning to bring back this tradition in the summer of 2022. Contact us to sign up for our newsletter to stay informed!
Rock River Preservation has designated some regular visitors as River Stewards. New River guests often need help being introduced to the guidelines not having discovered the RRP website or rushing past the informative kiosk at the first swimming beach or the posted signs. Others simply seem not to care and continue with bad behaviors. It is the mission of the River Stewards to counsel badly behaving individuals or groups to ensure the harmony, safety and unique spirit of the place. The Stewards inform such folks of the guidelines and the value of following them. There is a fine old Vermont saying that “no one should piss in the village well”.
Being a River Steward and known to others as such allows you to approach badly behaving individuals. Concerned users on seeing bad or dangerous behavior will feel comfortable approaching you with such information you can act upon. Often simply approaching the offending folks with the information is enough. But there are those who simply do not care and will continue their negative behavior. So, the benefit of a core of Stewards and with the support of many sympathetic users if the first request to change behaviors fails, the Steward can approach other Stewards and users and as a group approach the offenders and by weight of the written guideline, your convictions and numbers, behaviors are altered to the better.
River Stewards are designated by the board of Rock River Preservation. If you are a frequent River visitor and are interested in becoming involved as a Steward or learning more, please contact us!