TNCC’s Rivers Day 2022 Celebrations


Did you know that World Rivers Day started off with one cleanup on the Thompson River and is now celebrated in over 100 countries? TNCC celebrated by participating in two events in the Thompson Watershed.

North Thompson Riverside Cleanup

On September 25, TNCC co-hosted a riverside cleanup with Kamloops Naturalists Club along the North Thompson at McArthur Island. The event encouraged the public to get involved in the cleanup of our riverbank and create an overall awareness of the importance of the Thompson, in additional to those in BC and throughout the world. The event also paid homage to the original BC Rivers Day which began with one cleanup event on the Thompson in 1980. In 2005, BC Rivers Day evolved to World Rivers Day and this year more than 100 countries across 6 continents participated in what has become one of the planet’s biggest environmental celebrations.

Kamloops School Rivers Day Celebration

On October 7th, our conservation stewardship intern Kimberly Parno and Melissa Maslany of the Kamloops Naturalist Club (KNC) joined the Bert Edwards Elementary School of Science and Technology to celebrate their annual Rivers Day event. The event was also attended by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the City of Kamloops who shared the importance of rivers. Together the representatives hosted interactive activities with the students, including a watershed model, learning about salmon, microscope work, and Secwepemc teachings. KNC and TNCC led a scavenger hunt and bingo activity on the Thompson River’s plant and animal life, with Kimberly and Melissa teaching the students about the importance of biodiversity in river systems.