Our Mission

Missouri River Relief’s mission is to engage individuals and communities along the Missouri River in the exploration, enjoyment, restoration and care of the river through hands-on river cleanups, education programs and recreation.


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What We Do

Missouri River Education

Discover the Missouri River through experiential, place-based educational programs that connect students and teachers to the Missouri River.  We're getting kids off screens and outside!
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River Cleanups

Our community-based volunteer river cleanups offer a unique and safe opportunity to get up close and personal with the Missouri River while giving back  to this magnificent resource.
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River Races & Events

River races, art auctions, river excursions and more. Missouri River Relief is always up to something.  These events help fuel our mission of connecting communities.

Who We Are

Missouri Stream Team

Missouri River Relief is proud to be Missouri Stream Team #1875

Missouri River Relief is a community, volunteer and equipment-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River through hands-on river cleanups, education events and stewardship activities.


Letter from the Director

Dear River Friends –

Lately we’ve been reflecting on how these pandemic years have really pushed us to build innovative programs to broaden and deepen our community of river lovers. It’s been an awesome challenge! We are really proud of the vast treasure chest of ways we have developed to bring the river into people’s lives.

All of our programs are designed to be rich, deep experiences where people can begin a relationship with our continent’s longest river that lasts a lifetime. YOU make them happen in so many small and huge ways.

Gretchen Davenport is an awesome example. Her river journey started by paddling with her mom and dad at the Race to the Dome in 2018. Then she and her family started helping at every River Cleanup they could come to. She’s got an eye for finding straws, cool toys and pieces of driftwood that look like dinosaurs. She is a serious river cleaner!

Last year we started our Missouri River Explorer Badge – a way for kids of all ages to deepen their relationship with the river beyond picking up trash. Gretchen was our second badge earner! And with her sister earned our “Rising Star Award” for most promising young crew members!

Then she was the deckhand on one of our motorboats taking out more families earning THEIR Missouri River Explorer Badges. Gretchen is giving us a glimpse of the next generation of Missouri River caretakers and we are so proud of her.

This is the type of community we are cultivating here on the Missouri River. And, as our partnership with The Nature Conservancy develops at the soon-to-be Missouri River Center, this community will be able to plant roots, right next to the river we love. What do you want to see grow there?

There is some powerful growth happening right now!

Steve Schnarr
Director, Missouri River Relief


Working Towards Equity, Inclusion and Cultural Relevancy

We believe that the river is inclusive to all beings and that diversity is fundamental to the ecological health of the Missouri River. Our work—connecting people to the Missouri River, themselves, each other, science and the natural world—must be relevant and accountable to the places and communities we serve. 

We want to establish Missouri River Relief as an inclusive organization that contributes to individuals' wellbeing, works to connect communities, and promotes more equitable access to the Missouri River. This organization has developed an Action Plan identifying ways to reach this goal and areas of improvement. To learn more about this plan and its development, click the button below. 


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Missouri River Relief does not discriminate

Missouri River Relief welcomes all in our hiring and program participation without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, political affiliation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. For those interested in learning more about MRR policies, please contact us. 


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This website is created and maintained by Missouri River Relief, P.O. Box 463, Columbia, MO 65205
MRR is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Federal Tax ID (EIN) 03-0425187
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