Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) believes the Rappahannock River is a treasure to be enjoyed by everyone and we support inclusive public access. In our support of public access, we have created programming that bridges language gaps. By providing education to all river users, we hope to create a strong network of river stewards.

Our “Nuestro Rappahannock” program launched last year to provide Spanish-speaking members of our community with resources about river safety and conservation.

“One of the great things about the Rappahannock River is that it has a diverse group of users which provides wonderful opportunities for building a stronger community of stewards. We are proud to develop programs that are representative of the whole community we serve,” said Daria Christian, FOR Executive Director.

Several University of Mary Washington students led by faculty member, Dr. Jeremy Larochelle, assisted in providing Spanish translation for FOR educational materials.

Certain webpages describing safe river levels, along with fish advisory information have been translated into Spanish. We also have printed brochures covering key conservation conepts such as leave no trace and life jacket use.

If you have a Spanish-speaking group that would like to have some FOR educational materials in Spanish please let us know! For more information and if you would like to connect with this program, please contact JoEllen Santulli at joellen.santulli@riverfriends.org.