Community Engagement

Community engagement is critical to our mission. By fostering an overall sense of stewardship for our rivers and educating the leaders of tomorrow, we are ensuring multi-generational support for clean water protection!


What we do

Our Community Engagement program partners with community organizations, schools, faith communities, and the general public to promote awareness of issues relating to clean water protection, foster an appreciation for wildlife and biodiversity, and educate on responsible, safe, and respectful recreational use of our waterways.

LESSONS ON THE RIVER Educational program

Our “Lessons on the River” workshops are all-ages, hands-on opportunities to learn about the issues impacting our waterways and gain skills to engage our mission to protect clean water and healthy ecosystems for the rivers of Tennessee! All are welcome and encouraged to come. Check out our calendar to stay updated on upcoming offerings. 

Photo Credit: Saturn & Sun Collective

Community River Restoration Program

Our “Community River Restoration” program invites communities to learn more about how to steward their watershed to protect water quality and wildlife habitat! Restoration work includes river cleanups, invasive plant removal, and native tree planting projects in critically polluted watersheds. More on this program to come! In the meantime, keep an eye on our volunteer page to find opportunities to plug in.

Photo Credit: Saturn & Sun Collective

Be River responsible Recreation Program

Our “Be River Responsible” program encourages recreationists and recreation-focused businesses to practice safe and responsible river recreation and mobilizes efforts to clean up trash and litter pollution from Tennessee’s waterways. Since 2017, Harpeth Conservancy and our partners have distributed over 500 biodegradable litter bags and dozens of “Be River Responsible” signs on private property, at local outfitters, and other businesses. See below for recreation resources. Find ways to get involved here!

Community outreach

We are always searching for ways to spread awareness to all communities in the greater Nashville area. We do so by participating in all kinds of tabling events, festivals, expos, etc. Some of the festivals we’ve attended recently are Franklin Pumpkin Fest, Franklin River Fest, Bell’s Bend Farm Day, Dancin’ in the District, The Predators’ Craft Beer Festival and more! Check out our calendar to stay updated on where you can find us!


Citizen Action Guide, our waterproof info booklet, was created as part of our effort to empower citizen scientists and give individuals the tools they need to answer the question, “what’s in your river?” These waterproof booklets are full of information about all kinds of species found in the Harpeth River and are great educational tools for all ages. Since we share our home with so many extraordinary species, it’s our responsibility to learn about and protect the diversity that makes Tennessee special!

Conservation Conversations, our video format outreach series, was developed during the COVID-19 pandemic to facilitate on-going engagement during that time. Experts were invited to join Harpeth Conservancy staff to present and inform participants about important topics and to explore how each topic connects to our work to protect clean water and healthy river ecosystems. Visit our YouTube channel to watch recordings of previous discussions or check out our blog to read about past presentations.

Thanks to all of our sponsors