A Message from Our Director of Partnerships:
To Our Tuolumne River Trust Community:
I hope this message finds you in good health and positive spirits despite the challenges we are currently facing. It’s likely that you’ve been receiving multiple emails a day about how the organizations and businesses you support are handling COVID-19. The last thing I want to do is add to that noise. Instead, I’d like to offer some ideas and resources for how to cope with the challenges ahead.
We’ve been having a lot of conversations at the staff level about how to best continue our work during this difficult time. Some of the questions we’ve been grappling with are about how we’re going to deliver our programs when we can’t show up in person, what types of messages we should send, and how to mindfully fundraise so that we can continue this work.
While we don’t have immediate answers for all of those questions, one thing remains certain: nature, and the Tuolumne River Watershed, will continue to provide us with inspiration and peace. They will continue to be a refuge for us when times get tough, but only if we continue to take care of them too.
We hope that you will find some solace (and maybe even escape) in the resources we’ve compiled for you below.
- Get outside! If you live in an area where you can get outside and maintain safe social distancing, take a walk, go for a hike, ride your bike, grab your fishing pole, or hop in a single kayak and get your paddle on. Being outside improves our immune systems and helps us cope with stress.
- Float down the river and let your stress melt away on this virtual trip down the Tuolumne.
- Learn about the history of the Tuolumne River Watershed through our interactive timeline that highlights key conservation milestones and TRT’s accomplishments.
- Curious how the Tuolumne River rapids got their names? We’ve got the history mapped out for you here. Spoiler alert: one of the rapids was named after India Fleming, who was 14 when she conquered the “India” rapid. She was the first woman to run the Tuolumne! #womenshistorymonth
- Watch some river lovers charge down Clavey Falls. Make sure you click and drag to rotate the video and get the full 360 experience.
If you’re in need of a breath of fresh air on your congested social media feed, we are posting daily photos and inspirations on our Instagram account that we hope bring you a few moments of reprieve. We’ll be featuring stories from our staff over the next few weeks and hope you’ll tune in.
If you love the river and our work to protect it, please support us by making a contribution to our Great Race for Saving Water (virtual) fund-racer. It’s a small gesture that goes a long way for grassroots organizations like ours. Thank you for your support – we appreciate you!
From my river-loving heart to yours,
Director of Partnerships