Adopt a River
After a lot of conversation, we’ve decided to cancel the 2020 Adopt A River out of an abundance of safety due to COVID-19. We’re disappointed, but know this is the right decision to keep everyone safe and hope to see you back in 2021! Please note the 2021 date shown is only tentative.
Adopt a River was started by BWL in 1994 to restore pride in one of our area’s great natural resources. The event encourages businesses, unions, schools and civic groups to adopt sections of the Grand and Red Cedar rivers and to keep their banks and nearby areas clean and free from litter.
Volunteers can enjoy a free lunch and admission to Impression 5 Science Center. Stop by the Environmental Fair for a tree giveaway and to chat with some of our exhibitors, like Potter Park Zoo, Fenner Nature Center and Dart Container. These exhibits focus on local Grand River ecology, local fauna, green energy and community volunteerism.
Since the program began, nearly 500 Adopt a River volunteers each year have cleared thousands of pounds of litter from the rivers and banks. They are a major reason why Lansing resources are being returned to their natural beauty and why the event has been award winning, setting an example for other communities to follow.