A River Gathering, June 20-22

To celebrate the ecology, beauty, and recreation of our region’s greatest natural assets.

The Four Rivers Environmental Coalition and Rock Valley College are hosting a four-day festival to celebrate the ecological, recreational, cultural and aesthetic value of the rivers in our region and to offer ways in which people can work to preserve them as resources and places of inspiration.

Featuring Nationally Acclaimed Environmental Author Brian Doyle, Friday Night Key Note Speaker At Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort in Rockford, 700 West Riverside Blvd.815-282-3033

Listen to the wit and wisdom of Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland – “the finest spiritual magazine in America,”– and the author of thirteen books, among them the Oregon novel Mink River.

Download Registration Packet here!

A River Gathering Overview

Four days in north western Illinois and Southern Wisconsin to learn about, explore and celebrate rivers, wetlands, trails and woods and all that make their homes there. Here is your chance to visit some of the Midwest’s highest quality and culturally significant rivers and surrounding habitat. Join your neighbors and visitors, bring your back packs and be ready for four full days of guided tours, hands-on workshops, wonderful people, distinctive art and music, and beautiful rivers.

A River Gathering: The Spirit of the River  is designed to appeal to people of all ages and from all walks of life. The format, a hybrid between a festival and conference, will offer diverse educational, cultural and recreational experiences. Rock Valley College’s Stenstrom Center in Rockford, Illinois will be Gathering headquarters for the exhibitor/vendor booths, and Saturday workshops. Opening reception and keynote speaker will be at Cliffbreakers Resort on the Rock River.  Field trips, clinics, demonstrations and guided adventures will take place on and near the Rock, Kishwaukee, Pecatonica and Sugar Rivers in Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties in Illinois, and in Rock and Green Counties in Wisconsin. This event is family-friendly and children’s activities will be geared for youth age 5+.

We need help to launch this new event! We invite businesses and organizations to ensure the success of A River Gathering and make it accessible to individuals from all segments of our communities by becoming a sponsor. There are several levels of sponsorship available. Each ascending level of sponsorship has layers of value added to meet your organization’s marketing needs. Please view theSponsorship Packet for detailed descriptions of benefits of each sponsorship level. If you have questions or require any additional information, please contact Jamie Johannsen at (815) 877-6100. Print the registration form and return with a check to reserve your spot!

Check out the Thank You To Our Sponsors page to see the many generous sponsoring organizations who are already on board!

Join us and share information about your services with the public! The Four Rivers Environmental Coalition is accepting exhibitor registrations for the Saturday, June 22  A River Gathering at Rock Valley College’s Stenstrom Center. It’s a great way to reach families and individuals interested in recreation, ecology and cultural experiences associated with rivers and the outdoors. Please go to theVendor/Exhibitor Packet for details. If you have questions or require any additional information, please contact Jamie Johannsen at (815) 877-6100.

Read the impressive list of scientists, artists, writers, educators, environmentalists, explorers and recreationalists who will be speaking, teaching and leading field experiences throughout the weekend.


Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort
Hampton Inn Beloit

Several camping options are available, including:
Rock Cut State Park dnr.state.il.us
Winnebago County Forest Preserve campgrounds- www.wcfpd.org
Lowden-Miller State Park dnr.state.il.us

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