Thanks to Hog Island Oyster Co at the Oxbow Public Market for supporting the Napa River and Friends! 

October 12, 2016 Leave a comment

Hog Island Oyster Co at the Oxbow Public Market hosted a dine & donate for Friimg_6377ends of the Napa River! What a delicious way to support your Napa River! Thanks Hog Island!

River Concert for Friends! SOLD OUT! Thank you all!

August 29, 2016 Leave a comment

River Concert for Friends at CIA Copia

Saturday Evening – October 8th, 2016img_6349

It was a beautiful evening for Friends of the Napa River’s intimate fundraiser and concert at the newly renovated CIA Copia. The Napa Valley Youth Symphony and Kellie Fuller and Quartet filled the warm air with lovely music for an amphitheater full of guests. The setting could not have been more lovely, with the setting sun, and then the moonlight sparkling on the Napa River behind the stage. Thank you to the Culinary Institute of America for graciously hosting us, thank you sponsors, and thanks to all of the Napa River Community.

More wonderful photos from the evening can be found on Napa Valley Life Social Page and October 9th Napa Valley Register.

The River needs Friends! Join us! Volunteer, donate; share your ideas,  photos,  questions!

A warm thank you to the many businesses and artists who donated fun items to our auction and raffle, and to our major Sponsors:

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Stanly Lane Spur Trail Grant Approved

July 20, 2016 Leave a comment

Property Owners, Agencies, Volunteers at Stanly Lane

Great news! The City’s grant application to fund planning for the completion of the trail from the end of Stanley Lane out to the Napa River has been approved! FONR helped drive this process by facilitating meetings, helping with grant writing, rounding up letters of support, and providing lots of encouragement to the City and ABAG.

Napa River Dredging Project

July 15, 2016 Leave a comment

Update: the dredging period was extended due to a series of complications, but is now complete. Here are a few photos.

12 July 2016: In cooperation with the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) presented the latest plans for dredging the Napa River to maintain the navigable channel south of the Third Street Bridge in Napa to American Canyon and Vallejo. Read more…

FONR’s Moira Johnston Block

June 26, 2016 Leave a comment


Founding FONR President and award winning author Moira Johnston Block discussed the creative process of writing powerful nonfiction at the Napa Library on  June 30: “The Book: from Creation to Curation.” Check out this 2003 Napa Register article for a nice bio about Moira. Moira’s eloquence and gift for storytelling have served the Napa River well over the years. This video created by Jules and Effin Older (view “Turn Toward Your River” here on YouTube) offers a beautiful example of Moira’s voice for the river. Thank you Moira!

Napa Youth Stewardship Council

June 15, 2016 Leave a comment


Thanks to grants from the Napa County Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, Friends of the Napa River (FONR) partnered with the Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) to initiate the Napa Youth Stewardship Council (NYSC) over the 2015-16 school year. This after school service learning group connects students from different schools and provides them with information on local environmental issues, opportunities to learn about careers in the environmental sciences from local professionals, and hands-on experience planning and leading environmentally themed community service projects. The inaugural class was made up of 13 amazing students from local high schools: American Canyon, New Tech, Vintage and Napa High. The NYSC worked with community members to plant oak trees in Napa and American Canyon, hosted a community service day at the RCD demonstration vineyard, shared information environmentally friendly practices at the Napa Earth Day celebration, attended a wildlife lecture and helped clean up trash along the river.


WILD Napa Lecture Series: Western Pond Turtles

June 7, 2016 Leave a comment

PondTurtlesRC2016 1Join us at the Napa County Library on the second Wednesday of each month for a lecture on local wildlife and habitats. June 8th at 7:00 pm: learn about Napa’s only native turtle: the Western pond turtle. Wildlife Biologist Matthew Bettelheim will share the history, threats to their survival and efforts for conservation of this fascinating species. View the flier here: wild napa – turtles4

This lecture series is offered to the community for free (though donations are welcome) so we can all learn more about our local wildlife and ecosystems.  Wild Napa is brought to you by Napa County RCD, Friends of the Napa River, Napa County Library, Napa Green, WICC Napa County and the Carolyn Parr Nature Museum.