The San Antonio River Foundation’s mission is to preserve, enhance, and transform the San Antonio River Basin as a vibrant cultural, educational, ecological, and recreational experience.
The San Antonio River Foundation’s mission is to enhance the San Antonio River Basin as a vibrant cultural, educational, ecological, and recreational experience.
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Be a Proud RIVER WARRIOR Volunteer! This program aims to build a volunteer community that supports and strives toward healthy waterways for the benefit of the flora, fauna, and people on the San Antonio River Watershed.
WHO ARE THE RIVER WARRIORS?
- River Warrior volunteers are River Proud constituents of the San Antonio River Watershed, ages 15 years and above, who love rivers and believe in the San Antonio River Authority’s mission of safe, clean and enjoyable creeks and rivers.
- Warriors are interested to learn more about watersheds, ecology and sustainable practices to help rivers, and they dream of a vibrant, thriving river and watershed for the future generations.
- Warriors know that together we can make a difference and so they strive and donate their time and energies to achieve our shared vision.
HOW DO THE RIVER WARRIORS HELP THE SAN ANTONIO RIVER AND COMMUNITY?
- River Warrior volunteers help the River Authority’s Watershed Park Operations team with ecosystem restoration activities like planting native grasses and trees, removing invasive species, pruning, mulching trees and helping maintain native habitats at Confluence Park on the Mission Reach.
- River Warriors respond to post-storm volunteer requests from the River Authority Park team and they help with litter pickup on the river banks and in the river.
- River Warriors supports our sustainability efforts at River Authority and River Foundation events and spearhead individual neighborhood clean-ups.
- River Warriors help spread our ‘Safe, Clean and Enjoyable’ message through educational field trips support and social media engagement.
- River Warriors attend trainings and take part in educational events to gain knowledge on Low Impact Development (LID) strategies like building rain gardens and become river protection ambassadors.
If any of the above resonates with you, come join our generous and passionate community of volunteers. We would love to meet you and welcome you to our volunteer team.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE A RIVER WARRIOR?
- Sport a love for the San Antonio River and a passion for the outdoors
- Be age 15 years or older
- Sign up for the River Warrior program
- Be required to sign a liability waiver for program activities
- This program is free and open to anyone living in the San Antonio River Watershed.
Click here to join the River Warrior Volunteer Program.
The importance of the North American Friendship Garden goes well beyond a symbolic gesture of tri-lateral good will. This 2,500 square foot pollinator garden enhances the existing ecosystem restoration benefits found nearby on the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River Walk by adding native grasses, wildflowers, trees, and shrubs that provide year-round opportunities for Monarch Butterflies and other pollinators, as well as resident and migratory birds.
In addition to the plantings in this pollinator garden, artistic features, including art benches and a bug hotel, add locations for thoughtful contemplation and environmental education.
The North American Friendship Garden is located within important migratory flyways, including the Texas Funnel, which supports Monarch Butterflies as they travel through this area each year using San Antonio as a rest stop while heading north towards Canada in the spring and south towards Mexico in the fall.
The Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project has transformed an 8 mile stretch of the San Antonio River into a quality riparian woodland ecosystem. This unique project restored riverine features and riparian woodlands, reintroduced native plants, enhanced aquatic habitat and reconnected cultural and historical features. Confluence Park is a gateway to the hike, bike and paddling trail, which begins near the Blue Star Arts Complex and ends near Mission Espada.
Click here for more information and recreational maps.