My river activism path started with my love-at-first-paddle relationship to the American River when I was nine. Since then, I worked at a creek restoration nonprofit to experience what it means to heal rivers. I inspired hundreds to fall in love with rivers by facilitating environmental education courses and white water rafting trips. I currently study writing and teaching around issues of water and environmental education, and I fill my “spare time” with environmental activism. I am now striving to take my passion for rivers to the next level as a River RAT.