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River Center Rally

River Center Rally: What is it?

River Center Rally is an opportunity to connect with the outside world in your favorite way while raising funds to support education programs of the Dungeness River Audubon Center and maintain Railroad Bridge Park. These vibrant community resources provide cultural and environmental education for over 3,000 students of all ages and host over 600 classes, programs, and events each year. In 2018, more than 150,000 people used Railroad Bridge Park. Many walkers and bikers used the Olympic Discovery Trail and crossed the historic bridge without realizing that the first mile of the Trail was completed in Railroad Bridge Park and is operated on donations from individuals.  The River Center Rally is a walkathon-modeled event that lasts a few months and encourages participants and donors to celebrate all the ways we connect with the outdoors while at the same time supporting the mission of the Dungeness River Audubon Center.

 Spring is the time to Rally!

Our teams, or yours, have many reasons to rally during the event period of March through late June. There are many reasons to connect with the outdoors though the River Center rally. Here are a few examples of how our teams are motivating themselves during the time period: Earth Day, Arbor Day, major arrivals of spring migrants, time for a garden, National Bike Month, National Physical Fitness and Health Month, National Family Wellness Month, and National Wildflower Week. The trails are drying out, and you deserve that sun on your face after a long winter huddled inside.

Give Big!

Donate during the Give Big Campaign and double your donation! Our partner the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society is generously matching your gifts, dollar-for-dollar, for the first $2,000 donated. Now through May 8th, click here to donate now.

Participating in River Center Rally is easy

  • You can do River Center Rally on your own or join a team.
  • Choose one or more favorite activities, e.g., walking, biking, gardening, birding, horseback riding, removing invasive plants, or anything else you can track the time, mileage, etc. of the activity.
  • Email RiverCenter@olympus.net to get the materials you need to turn your outdoor activity into supporting a park and center that our community loves!
  • Gather pledges to support your River Center Rally activities and keep a record of them.

You’ll can email RiverCenter@olympus.net or call 360-681-4076 and say you are interested in participating.  Or you can pick signup materials at the River Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, Sequim, WA.

Current River Center Rally Teams

Broom Busters is a team committed to keeping it natural…by pulling Scotch Broom out by their roots.  For seven years this team has made it their mission to eradicate scotch broom while supporting the Dungeness River Audubon Center.  Gretha Davis says that pulling the scotch broom connects her with the outdoor world because “seeing the fruits of my labor and knowing that this invasive plant that I yank out can no longer multiply is gratifying.”  If you would like to sponsor or join in on the pulling fun then please contact Gretha: gretha.d@wavecable.com
Click here to sponsor Gretha now!

Here are some upcoming dates for the team:
·      April 3rd   = ODT & Diamond Point Road trailhead parking; Jefferson County
·      April 10th= ODT & Old Blyn Road; Blyn
·      April 17th= ODT & White Feather Way; Sequim
·      April 24th= Milwaukee Dr. & W. 18th Street going west on ODT; Port Angeles

150 Miles on Horseback is just what the name suggests! Annette Nesse loves to connect with the outdoors by riding her horse because rain or shine and always enjoy the fresh air, quiet surroundings, wildlife viewing, and bird watching, plus the solitude of getting away from noise and light pollution! Annette is being assisted by her quarterhorse mare, Dodahootchykootchy, aka “Blue” (you can see why she prefers to go by her nickname). Blue is a beautifully trained, solid trail partner who enjoys the trail systems as much as I do.  If you have a horse and your interested in joining her team contact Annette at: anesse@jamestowntribe.org 
Click here to sponsor Annette now!

Swift Swallows
Our goal is to have fun during the River Center Rally by identifying as many species of birds and raising as many dollars as we can between April 1 and June 30.  Since first taking flight in 2009, the Swift Swallows team, led by Dave and Julie Jackson,  has raised more than $64,000 to support  the Center’s educational programs. Team members, Marion Rutledge, Marie Grad, Stacey Fradkin, Joanna Jackson, Julie  and Dave Jackson, may count birds they find anywhere in North America. Visit http://swiftswallows.weebly.com/ to see our bird lists and totals. We expect our team total of 207 species as of May 10 to have grown significantly by June 30. If you’re interested in joining us to put the fun in FUNdraising, contact Dave Jackson at: dsjackson007@charter.net
Click here to sponsor the Swift Swallows now!

Sand Dollars Art is a great way to connect and express our admiration for nature.  Tuttie Peetz uses her River Center Rally time to work on award winning driftwood sculptures.  She asks donors to sponsor her for every hour she spends sanding her masterpieces.  What is amazing about Tuttie is that all of her donations are matched! If you are interested in driftwood sculpting or have questions you can contact Tuttie at: trpeetz@gmail.com
Click here to sponsor Tuttie now!

The Spring Strollers love walking because it combines healthy exercise with the joy of being outdoors in the spring, observing the trees, flowers, birds, and bugs which make our area so special.  Walk on your own, with friends, or join the team leader Lyn Muench. Her goal is to walk 30 miles in 30 days in May, at least. There are group walks planned on three Saturdays in May. Contact Lyn if you are interested in joining in on the fun: lynmuench@olypen.com or 360-477-1972.
Click here to sponsor Lyn now!
Team Events: Carpooling from the River Center is possible. Contact Lyn
Stroll the ODT:
May 4: Morse Creek Trestle to the beach and back, 3 miles Time: 1 PM
May 11; White Feather Way to Sequim Bay State Park and back; 3 miles. Time; 1 PM
Explore Railroad Bridge Park:
May18: Walk the trails along the river and through the woods. 1 mile. Time 1PM

Dirty Face Racing’s Powell Jones loves to connect with both nature and himself by riding his single speed mountain bike on singletrack with the silence of only one speed. For this years River Center Rally Powell is participating in a Spokane 24 hour race where he will ride solo for as many dirty miles as he can on his single speed.  His goal is to ride over 110 miles.  You can challenge him to reach his goal and support River Center programming by sponsoring his race!  Please contact him with any questions: RiverCenter@olympus.net
Click here to donate to Powell now!

Pickleball Partners, led by Annette Hanson, will play the sport for a period of 30 days with a goal to complete 30 hours of play starting April 22nd.  The Pickleballers believe that this sport helps keep you both physically and mentally healthy in a fun and rewarding way. If you would like to be a part of this team or sponsor them please contact Annette Hanson at annette_hanson@msn.com and smash your way to supporting the programs at the Dungeness River Audubon Center!
Click here to donate to Annette now!

Start your own team or activity: Anything you enjoy doing is appropriate, especially connected with nature and the outdoors. Just ask your friends and family to sponsor you, to benefit the Dungeness River Audubon Center and Railroad Bridge Park. Contact RiverCenter@olympus.net or call 360-681-4076.