WRFI's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating 30 years of field education

Phase One


Phase Two


Phase Three


Dear alumni, friends, and supporters of WRFI–


Can you believe that WRFI is turning 30?!?

And we plan to celebrate – with you! Whether you are a former (or current) instructor, staff, board member, donor, alum, parent of an alum, or an avid WRFI supporter of another ilk, you are invited to join us.

We’ll gather in beautiful Missoula, Montana the weekend of July 26-29, 2024. Come for the weekend, stay for a week. Summer in Missoula is chock full of adventurous and fun things to do. On Saturday, July 27th, you can explore Missoula on your own and in the afternoon we’ll gather for a float of the Clark Fork River, ending at Silver Park for a WRFI-hosted BBQ from 4-8pm.  On Sunday, you’ll have the option of joining other WRFI folks on private guided whitewater or flat water rafting trips, fishing opportunities, a cycling tour of downtown, and suggestions for self-guided hikes and scenic drives near town. Our anniversary celebration will culminate in not one, but TWO WRFI courses ending on the evening of Sunday, July 28th with student presentations and a party with catered food, drinks, and celebration.  We can’t wait to see you here!

Click here to register for our in-person celebration!

WRFI is also celebrating with the first ever Campaign for WRFI!  During the summer of 2023 we kicked off the Campaign for WRFI: Celebrating 30 Years of Field Education by completing our first phase, which raised $100,000 in under six weeks.  Since then, we’re well on our way to completing Phase Two (raising another $200,000 to invest in key organizational infrastructure), and collecting pledges for Phase Three (continued investment in WRFI over the next five years).  We’re excited to have you join us in this campaign as well!

Not able to make it, but want to share your memories? Below, you can share a quick story or add a photo from your course!  We’d love to hear from you, see your favorite moments, and share them out at the 30th celebration events.

Looking forward to an amazing 30th year of WRFI,


Gail Gutsche                                                    Matt Baker-White                                           Christy McCann

Development Manager                                 Executive Director                                           Board President

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