San Diego River Days was initially conceived as a way to highlight the year-round work done by local groups to improve the health of the San Diego River, educate people about our River, and engage community members in River-friendly recreation or action. Many amazing organizations, agencies, and businesses offer opportunities for community members to get involved all along the River, from the mountains to the ocean. For San Diego River Days each year, the different groups plan a series of events to give the community a sampling of their exciting work.
The 2019 San Diego River Days was the event’s 16th year. The San Diego River Park Foundation and 41 partners offered 54 activities over two weekends, May 11-12 and May 18-19, 2019. These free activities are designed be approachable and fun. By trying out something new, attendees can get to know a local group, explore a new place, or learn something new about their community.
About the San Diego River Park Foundation
In 2000, the largest sewer spill in California’s history dumped 34 million gallons of untreated sewage into the San Diego River. This spill ran for almost a week, while few people noticed or cared. Out of this tragedy, a group of concerned citizens formed the San Diego River Park Foundation on July 18, 2001. Since this tragedy, the San Diego River Park Foundation has worked with the community to change San Diego’s relationship to its namesake waterway.
We are working to create a better future for our San Diego River by: advocating for the creation of a 52-mile river-long park and trail system, cleaning up trash from the river, educating youth about nature, restoring native habitat, conserving land for wildlife, researching and monitoring the riparian environment, and engaging the community in volunteerism and advocacy. We remain a local, grassroots non-profit organization and we rely on donations, support from the community, and public and private grants for our work creating the San Diego River Park, connecting people to the River, and conserving local resources.
We welcome members of the media to join us to showcase the fun, enthusiasm, and community involvement of San Diego River Days. For a full 2019 event list, please click here.
Thank you to our 2019 event partners!
- Adventure 16 San Diego
- Anza Elementary School
- Art FORM San Diego
- Back Country Land Trust
- City of El Cajon
- City of San Diego Shoreline Park Rangers
- City of San Diego, Open Space Division
- Dog Beach Dog Wash
- Earth Discovery Institute
- Endangered Species Coalition
- Friends of Dog Beach
- Friends of Famosa Slough
- Friends of the Point Loma Native Plant Garden
- Friends of Tierrasanta Canyons
- Julian Woman’s Club Ramblers
- Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy
- Michelle Renaud
- Mission Hills Nursery
- Mission Trails Regional Park
- Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation
- Mission Trails Regional Park Trail Guides
- Moosa Creek Nursery
- Parkway Plaza
- Project Wildlife
- San Diego Audubon Society
- San Diego Canyonlands
- San Diego City Open Space Canyon Rangers
- San Diego County Rangers
- San Diego Fly Fishers Club
- San Diego Library Mission Valley Branch
- San Diego Mountain Biking Association
- San Diego Plein Air Painters Meetup
- San Diego Sprockids
- San Diego Tracking Team
- Santee Historical Society & Museum
- Surfrider Foundation
- Tecolote Nature Center
- The Wyland Foundation
- The Zen of Monarch Butterflies
- Volcan Mountain Foundation
- Walkabout International
Thank you to our fantastic sponsors for your support of San Diego River Days 2019!
2020 sponsorship opportunities are available. San Diego River Days sponsors receive more than 500,000 impressions in the community.
Click here to Download 2019 Sponsor PDF.