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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Special Events

Art auctions, river excursions, film festivals and more. At Missouri River Relief we are always up to something. These events help fuel our mission of connecting communities to the Missouri River throughout the year.

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 –

At the heart of Missouri River Relief is the river, but this organization was built for people. Our mission is connecting people to the Missouri River. For our river to have a healthy future, it needs a community of people who love it. People who want to care for the river. For 20 years, we’ve been building that community with our river cleanups, education programs and races. You are the foundation of all of this.

As you make your end-of-year giving plans, please consider once again making a gift to River Relief so that we can build on this legacy.

This year we celebrated our 20th Anniversary with you. We’re proud of the transformation in our river and our community that this effort has accomplished. We know you are proud too.

And we know you are excited to see what the next 20 years will bring. We are grateful that you are on the team making it happen.

We know that the river is so much cleaner than when we started 20 years ago. We can measure that. What is tough to measure, but clear to anyone involved in these programs, is the change that occurs in the people that participate.

At our Big Muddy Clean Sweep cleanup near Boonville, MO, 10 year-old volunteer, Colby Williams, stopped us to explain his passion for cleaning up the river. “We need to protect the wildlife. They were here first,” Colby said. “Then we came in and polluted it so we need to help clean it up.”

After one of the “Mornings at the River” programs, one of the mothers expressed her gratitude to Education Director Kristen Schulte for the opportunity to bring her little one to the river.

“Thank you for providing this awesome opportunity. I am terrified of rivers, so taking my kids to the river is something I wouldn’t be likely to do on my own. Thank you for encouraging this experience!”

You make these transformations possible. Thank you so much for caring for the Missouri River.

See You on the River in 2022!

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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MRR is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Federal Tax ID (EIN) 03-0425187
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