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River Celebration is our annual event that celebrates the nationally-recognized Connecticut River watershed and the people who love it.

Join us on Saturday, June 16 at the Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, VT. 

  • Enjoy our Farm/River Roundtable: Doing Right by Our Rivers, with featured scientists, farmers and environmentalists – moderated by Vermont Lt. Governor David Zuckerman.
  • Participate in one of our morning excursions
  • Eat a fabulous lunch while listening to live music
  • Honor our Bud Foster Awardees – Marie Levesque Caduto and Adair Mulligan – individuals who are outstanding, devoted and accomplished river advocates
  • Learn more about CRC’s important work
  • and more!

Schedule of the day:

Check-in: 9:30-10:15am

Demonstrations: 9:30am-12:30pm

  • Stream table
  • Soil infiltration table
  • Water quality testing
  • Urine diversion

Morning Excursions: 10:15-11:30am (unless otherwise noted)
You must pre-register for excursions!

  • Paddling Adventure with Annette Spaulding (BYO canoe/kayak preferred, rentals available – see note below*)
    Relaxing, calm, exploratory paddle at one of the most significant Native American meeting and fishing sites — the junction of the West River and Connecticut River. Over 200 species of wild birds have been identified. Home to mink, beaver, many mammals as well as turtle species.

    * Canoes and kayaks for rent for $20/boat from Vt. Canoe Touring Center. Please contact them directly to rent and be sure to tell them you’re part of River Celebration. Your boat(s) will be waiting for you at the Retreat Farm!

  • Fly Casting Workshop with David Deen
    Come learn about casting fly line. It is an art and fun. You will learn some of the casting basics and know enough to go further on your own. Fishing comes later. This is a casting workshop only.
  • Freshwater Mussel Ecology Workshop with Ayla Skorupa
    Learn about mussels and the challenges of restoration.Rotate to different stations where you will learn about freshwater mussel species, their life cycle and applied conservation techniques.
  • Pontoon Cruise with CRC staff 
    Explore CRC’s influence on your rivers as we head south on the Connecticut. We’ll lay out the local history of the river from 19th century to the present.
  • Retreat Farm Trail Walk: Past, Present and Future (begins at 10:30)
    Join the staff of the Retreat Farm to walk the trails and learn about their vision and plans.
  • Self-guided Farm Experience (ongoing 10am–12:30pm)
    Visit the animals, trails and play areas at your own pace. Great fun for the kids!

Lunch by Tito’s Taqueria and Vermont Country Deli: 11:15am-12:30pm
Live music by River Rhapsody

For Kids Only! – Ice cream-making workshop: 12:30-1:30pm

Program: 12:30-2pm

  • Welcome from Andrew Fisk, CRC Executive Director
  • Bud Foster Awards Ceremony, honoring Marie Levesque Caduto and Adair Mulligan
  • Farm/River Roundtable: “Doing Right by Our Rivers” – moderated by Vermont Lt. Governor David Zuckerman
  • News & Announcements from CRC

For more information contact Stacey at 413-772-2020 x211 or slennard[at]

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Retreat Farm

350 Linden Street |  Brattleboro, VT

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Meet our Bud Foster Awardees!

Adair Mulligan is an environmental biologist living in Lyme, NH. Currently Executive Director of the Hanover Conservancy, she served for 20 years as Conservation Director of the Connecticut River Joint Commissions, working with valley citizens to create the Connecticut River Management Plan. An avid writer, photographer, historian, and outdoorswoman, she has also contributed to a number of publications, including Proud to Live Here in the Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire and Where the Great River Rises, An Atlas of the Upper Connecticut River. Adair holds a master’s degree in Environmental Biology from Smith College.

Marie Levesque Caduto is the Watershed Coordinator for the watersheds in southeastern Vermont with the Watershed Management Division of the Agency of Natural Resources.  Marie works with local communities to develop and implement water quality improvement plans for surface waters throughout the region.  Growing up in southeastern Massachusetts on a combination of ocean, lake and stream, Marie moved to Vermont in 1988 and has been working in and on Vermont’s watery environments ever since.  She has taught natural history, run a water quality monitoring program in the Connecticut River watershed, and worked with farmers on water quality issues. Marie holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. Ed. in Environmental Education and has worked in the environmental field for over 30 years.


Thank you to our Sponsors:

Brattleboro Reformer logo

The Marina Restaurant

Renaud Bros., Inc.

Paul Redeker Tent and Rental Company

Tito’s Taqueria

Vermont Country Deli

Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy

Vermont Canoe Touring Center

Brattleboro Savings and Loan