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

We wish to thank all of our guests, presenters and sponsors for a fabulous day of farm and river fun!

Energetic and informative morning excursions and displays:

  • Paddling Adventure with Annette Spaulding
  • Fly Casting Workshop with David Deen
  • Freshwater Mussel Ecology Workshop with Ayla Skorupa
  • Pontoon Cruise with Andy Fisk and Kathy Urffer
  • Retreat Farm Trail Walk and Kids’ Ice cream-making workshop with Conor Floyd
  • Self-guided Farm Experience
  • Demonstration booths:
    • ECO AmeriCorps — Stream table
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service — Soil infiltration table
    • Rich Earth Institute — Urine Diversion Program & Portapotty!
    • Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance — Water quality testing table
    • USGS Conte Fish Lab — Live shortnose sturgeon

Delicious Lunch by Tito’s Taqueria and Vermont Country Deli
Live river-themed music by River Rhapsody

An inspiring afternoon program:

  • 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
    • Tom Beaudry, Connecticut River Watershed Farmers Alliance
    • Michael Colby, Regeneration Vermont
    • Lisa Knapton, Moonstruck Farm
    • Kim Nace, Rich Earth Institute
    • Ron Rhodes, Connecticut River Conservancy
  • News & Announcements from CRC
Selected images above of River Celebration 2018 by Allison Teague, Alan Morgan and Stacey Lennard

See you next year!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Retreat Farm

350 Linden Street |  Brattleboro, VT



CONGRATULATIONS 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