7 Rivers Festival

June 25 & 26, 2022

12 Towns • 7 Rivers • 1 Weekend

During National Rivers Month

The Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Rivers Stewardship Council (Stewardship Council) presents the 7 Rivers Festival, June 25th and 26th, 2022.  Celebrating the Wild and Scenic Rivers Status, festival activities take place on or around Rhode Island rivers and a rare few in Connecticut now prestigiously designated as unique on a region and national scale. 

Call for Events

Free events – family friendly, recreational or restorative – can range from ecological, educational, cultural, musical, historical, or artistic activities to hiking, cycling, canoe and kayak outings or simply picnics or social gatherings. Whether on a river bank, the water or in your community, these events highlight 7 special rivers in your 12 towns.

For details and to schedule an event, call 401-539-9017 or email WildEvents@wpwa.org. You may also submit your event with the following button:

Updates and registration forms will be available on this webpage and on our social media pages.

Early Event Commitments

The Stewardship Council is coordinating support of a wide range of community events within the twelve towns and 7 rivers. 

• Program hosted by the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association (WPWA)

• Combined paddle by the Rhode Island Canoe and Kayak Association and Southern New   England Paddlers

• Night sky bats event at Eppley Wildlife Refuge with the Audubon Society of RI

Fly tying and fly fishing with the RI Department of Environmental Management

• Stream Selfie with Citizen Science at Cross’ Mills Public Library in Charlestown

• Guided Hike at Alewife Brook Preserve with South Kingstown Land Trust

• Nature Book Display at Kingston Free Library in South Kingstown

• Book and Materials Display at Stonington Free Library 

• Naturalist Guided Walk on Napatree with The Watch Hill Conservancy 

• Milltown Arts North Stonington: en plein air painting @ Hewitt Property

Knead Doughnuts in Westerly will offer free doughnuts on Saturday and Sunday to Festival goers.

Additional 7 Rivers Festival activities are shaping up with the Avalonia Land Conservancy, Westerly Land Trust, Tomaquag Museum, Leave no Trace Foundation, Stonington Parks & Recreation, Kenyon’s Grist Mill, the Mushroom Hunting Foundation and public libraries in Exeter and West Greenwich, RI.

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“Events like the 7 Rivers Festival will highlight all that is worth protecting for our rivers by educating us on their remarkable and one-of-a-kind characteristics, their role in our history, as well as considerations of ecology and animals. These elements offer us a call-to-action as residents to help protect and enjoy these treasures.”

Nancy Quinlan, Exeter Town Representative, Stewardship Council.

Celebrating the Wild and Scenic Rivers Status of the:

  1. Wood
  2. Beaver
  3. Pawcatuck
  4. Green Fall-Ashaway
  5. Chipuxet
  6. Queen-Usquepaugh and
  7. Shunock Rivers

In the CT and RI Towns of:

  1. Charlestown
  2. Exeter
  3. Hopkinton
  4. North Kingstown
  5. North Stonington
  6. Richmond
  7. South Kingstown
  8. Sterling
  9. Stonington
  10. Voluntown
  11. West Greenwich
  12. Westerly

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