The Living River Archive

The Living River

The Living River annual event connects new audiences to our mission to protect special lands and the rivers that run through them, while celebrating the mystery, magic, and soulfulness of rivers. All proceeds from The Living River events benefit the McKenzie River Trust’s work as a nonprofit regional land trust protecting special places in western Oregon.

2016 Living River Celebration on Green Island: June 25, 2016

Thank you to the over 1,000 people who joined us for the 2016 Living River Celebration! More details HERE.

2015 Living River Celebration on Green Island: June 27, 2015

Despite record-breaking temperatures nearing 100 degrees, more than 800 people again joined us on Green Island for what has become one of our community’s favorite event of the year. More details HERE.

2014 Living River Celebration on Green Island: June 28, 2014

Over 1,000 people joined us for our 5th annual Living River event, held again in 2014 on Green Island. Friends young and old enjoyed a day on the land tree climbing, kayaking, and taking walks that explored this 1,100-acre natural area. More details HERE.

2013 Living River Celebration – 10 Years on Green Island: June 29, 2013

Celebrate. Explore. Connect. Over 800 people joined us on Green Island to celebrate 10 years of protection and restoration of this 1,100-acre property. More details HERE.

The Living River Film Festival: October 12 – 14, 2012

Featuring films from across the state of Oregon about the relationships between people, rivers and land. Detailed information about the Living River Film Festival HERE.

The Living River 2011

Misty River
A performance with special guest guitarist Doug Smith
Friday, June 3rd at The Shedd Institute for the Arts, Eugene, Oregon

On June 3rd, 2011, more than 700 people joined us to experience The Living River, the McKenzie River Trust’s annual event celebrating rivers and people. This year we featured the acoustic Americana band Misty River and Grammy-winning guitarist Doug Smith.

With voices described as “spine-tingling” by OPB-TV’s Oregon Art Beat, Misty River is known for its polished—yet relaxed and humorous—live performances and stunning vocal harmony. In Misty River’s only Eugene appearance in 2011, the band featured songs from the folk, Celtic and bluegrass traditions, drawing on music inspired by rivers and the natural world.

Our Lead Sponsor:

Mountain Rose Herbs

Additional Sponsors:

Merrill Lynch, Pacific Continental Bank, Rexius, Organically Grown Co, Poster design by

The Living River 2010

Juried Art Exhibit, Speaker Series, and Documentary Film Screening
Events to celebrate the McKenzie River Trust’s 20th Anniversary
What makes a river alive? How does a river bring life to a community?

The Living River Juried Art Exhibit

Jacobs Gallery at the Hult Center, Eugene, Oregon
The exhibit showcased original artwork by 61 artists from throughout the region. Work focused on the relationship between rivers and people. Media ranged from textiles to sculpture, basketry to photography, drawings to paintings.

The Living River Jurors: Dottie Chase, Beverly Soasey, and David Turner.
Thank you to all the artists who were involved in The Living River Juried Art Exhibit!

The Living River Neighborhood Conversations

Speaker Series and Documentary Film Screening
Free Events held at the Hult Center Studio, next to the Jacobs Gallery

  • River Webs – Wednesday, April 7, 2010: A documentary examining an international group of river ecologists who share a story of tragedy, growth, and recovery. More Information:
  • Ritual Space and Urban Rivers – Wednesday, April 14, 2010: As we in the Eugene-Springfield area face several options for waterfront re-development, Portland Architect William C. Tripp’s experience and perspective offered a timely take on the choices we must make when a river runs through our city center.
  • Kesey’s Living Rivers – Friday, April 23, 2010: Speaker Robert Faggen, Director of Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at Claremont McKenna College, offered a unique perspective on iconic northwest storyteller Ken Kesey’s work and world-view.
  • Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature – Wednesday, April 28, 2010: Author, activist, and OSU environmental philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore read from her latest book of essays to explore the healing power of the wet, wild world.

Thank you to our 2010 sponsors for making The Living River events possible!

Freshwaters Illustrated, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Organically Grown Company, Pacific Continental Bank, Springfield Creamery, Bradford’s Home Entertainment, Hilton Hotels and River Trail Guides

The Living River 2009

Nature and Community on the McKenzie River- An Evening with Barry Lopez

Friday, May 8th at the Soreng Theater, Hult Center in Eugene.

In the inaugural Living River event, Barry Lopez, an acclaimed writer, explorer, and long-time McKenzie River valley resident, read and reflected on his life-long study of the natural world and human culture. This is special benefit event kicked off celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the McKenzie River Trust. It was also a rare Eugene appearance of one of “the greatest twentieth-century American nature writers.”

The Living River is the McKenzie River Trust’s annual event exploring our deep and abiding relationship with rivers through the lens of the arts and humanities.

OPB's Jeff Douglas introduces Misty River for the 2011 Living River Concert.
Misty River's Dana Abel, accordionist and river lover, performing at the 2011 Living River concert at The Shedd.
Kathleen Dean Moore, featured in the 2010 Living River Neighborhood Conversations, speaks to a crowd of hundreds at the Hult Center Studio.
Dan Chen's original pastel, The Living River, won first prize in the Juried Art Exhibit in April 2010.
Volunteer Jessica Reichman with Julie Peterson's painting Campfire at Lake Diablo, from The Living River 2010 Juried Art Exhibit.
First Friday Art Walk attendees admire The Living River Jured Art Exhibit at the Jacobs Gallery, April 2010.