Riverfest Reimagined – Story Stations at Draper Wood River Preserve in Hailey, Howard Preserve in Bellevue, Colorado Gulch in Hailey, and Box Car Bend Preserve in the mid-Valley.
The Wood River Land Trust Riverfest has been a beloved community event that brings us together after the Fourth of July Parade. It’s been a celebration of our love of this place we all call home – featuring bands, kids’ activities, and local food booths all in the presence of our beloved Big Wood River. This year, out of an abundance of caution for our friends and neighbors, the Wood River Land Trust is reimagining Riverfest.
During this time of social distancing and COVID-19 uncertainty, more than ever, the Big Wood River has been a source of happiness for our community. From walking along its banks while social distancing, to watching trout spawning below the Bow Bridge in Hailey, many of us have reconnected with and rediscovered our love of the Big Wood River.
The Wood River Land Trust’s re-imagined Riverfest is inviting the community to write a love letter to the river. As you’re spending time with your family on the 4th of July this year, consider taking a walk at one of the Land Trust’s preserves. “Story Stations” will be set up at the Draper Wood River Preserve in Hailey, Howard Preserve in Bellevue, Colorado Gulch in Hailey, and Box Car Bend Preserve in the mid Valley.
Whether you are recalling a beloved memory, or sketching a picture of how the river flows through your daily life, think of what the Big Wood River means to you, let it out, share it with the community, and be inspired by others’ stories.
If you can’t make it to the Valley this summer, the Wood River Land Trust still wants to capture your story. Visit www.woodriverlandtrust.org to share a story on their webform.
This Fourth of July, we can come together as a community while spending a minute diving deep into our own love for and experiences around the Big Wood River.
For more information, please contact the Wood River Land Trust at woodriverlandtrust.org or 208-788-3947.