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 2021 San Diego River Days was the event’s 18th year. The San Diego River Park Foundation and partners are offered a variety of fun and free activities from May 8th through May 16th that engaged over 400 participants! These free activities were designed be approachable and fun. By trying out something new, attendees were able get to know a local group, explore a new place, or learn something new about their community. For a list of 2021 activities, click here.
COVID-19 Safety Statement:
All San Diego River Days events will meet or exceed the health and safety guidelines established by county, state, and federal agencies. This San Diego River Days will offer a combination of small in-person events, live virtual events, and self-guided activities. Click here to view events and here to read our full safety statement.
PLEASE NOTE: By attending any San Diego River Days events, you agree The San Diego River Park Foundation and partners are NOT responsible for any injury suffered and you waive any claim arising from participation in the event.
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 2021 event list, please click here.
Thank you to our 2021 event partners!
- City of San Diego Open Space Canyon Rangers
- Earth Discovery Institute
- Friends of Navajo Canyon
- Friends of the Point Loma Native Plant Garden
- I Love a Clean San Diego
- San Diego Audubon Society
- San Diego Canyonlands
- San Diego Coastkeeper
- San Diego County Parks & Recreation
- San Diego Library Mission Valley Branch
- Santee Historical Society & Museum
- Volcan Mountain Foundation
Thank you to our fantastic sponsors for your support of San Diego River Days 2021!
2022 sponsorship opportunities are available. San Diego River Days sponsors receive more than 500,000 impressions in the community. For information about sponsoring San Diego River Days, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.