Ríos to Rivers putting on the Río Baker for the 5 day trip to the Pacific Ocean.
Ríos to Rivers at the scout for the famous Lava Falls Rapid during their 12 day kayak trip in the Grand Canyon!
Club Náutico Escualo paddling on the endangered Río Baker
Celebrating a beautiful day on the Río Baker.
The youth kayak club from the remote town of Cochrane, Chile participating in the 59th birthday for the town.
Chilean Senator Antonio Horvath paddling the Baker with Rios to Rivers.
Conversation with Senator Horvath
From the Andes to the Pacific Ocean: Ríos to Rivers' triumphant arrival to the mouth of the Río Baker.
Meeting with Daniel Fernandez, CEO of HidroAysén, the dam building company working to build 5 dams on the Río Baker and Pascua.
To inspire the protection of rivers through river-running, hands-on education, and the support of outdoor programs.
With a focus on education and cultural exchange, we aim to give students the information and tools they need to form
their own conclusions and become knowledgeable spokespeople for the world's rivers and the people who depend on them.
New Ríos to Rivers Exchange!
Ríos to Rivers is excited to announce a new exchange between the Klamath River in the North-West of the USA and the Río Baker in Patagonia, Chile. Through cultural exchange and place-based experiences, we aim to educate and empower the next generation of river stewards. Four dams are slated for removal from the Klamath, by 2020, which will be the largest dam removal in history. We are excited to bring two communities together; one that is dealing with the embodied costs of large dams and one that is working to protect its rivers from proposed dams. Students, community members, and local experts will share their connections to and knowledge of their home watersheds with one another, while exploring questions around the current and future management of the rivers they call home.
Learn More About Ríos to Rivers
Los Escualos and Ríos to Rivers Featured on Chilean National TV
Millions of Chileans watched a 25 minute documentary about the Escualos Kayak Club and their trip down the Grand Canyon with Rios to Rivers! The film, which aired on TVN, (Televisión Nacional de Chile) delves into the young kayakers role in protecting their imperiled rivers and the lessons they learned while running the Grand Canyon, and meeting with energy experts, ecologists, politicians and dam builders.
When we first met the young kayakers of the Escualos Kayak Club and saw the love and joy the endangered Río Baker gave them; our hearts were broken. The Baker was slated to be dammed and there seemed little hope of changing this fact. Over the last few years through the dedication of many NGOs, the tireless work of countless volunteers, and support from individuals, including you, the Baker and nearby Pascua rivers run free, for now.
Ríos to Rivers united young kayakers from Patagonia, Chile and Colorado with kayaking expeditions in Chile on the Río Baker and in the US on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The Chilean kayakers saw for the first time a mega-dam and the resultant impacts on the river. US students experienced the majesty of an undeveloped river flowing through a pristine wilderness. The group learned about the ecological impacts of dams, explored viable renewable energy sources, and took part in cultural exchange.
Learn about the rivers in peril in Patagonia and the youth kayak club that inspired the creation of Ríos to Rivers: