The San Diego River Park Foundation is hosting a ton of events for the 5th Annual River Days Festival this weekend and next weekend. The San Diego River runs 52 miles, from Santa Ysabel down to the El Capitan Reservoir, and through Lakeside, Santee, and Mission Valley, finally draining into the Pacific Ocean at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach. Despite this, many people in San Diego don’t even know we have a river. The river suffers from illegal dumping, urban run-off, graffiti, litter, and a host of other problems, but the SD River Park Foundation is working to clean it up, even buying up land around the river to maintain as a nature preserve and eliminating non-native plant species.

River days events include bike rides, a beach clean-up at Dog Beach, Mission Valley litter & graffiti removal, and opportunities every day for hikes, guided nature walks, and picnics. It’s supposed to be a beautiful, sunny weekend, so get out of the house and do something good for your community and the local ecosystem!