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Earth Week: Canoe & Walking Cleanup of the Old Town Cahawba Archaeological Park

Earth Week 2024 > Wednesday, April 24th

Canoe Cleanup from 8 am to 3 pm

Walking Restoration from 2 pm to 5 pm ·         

Click here to register a group or individual volunteer.

On Wednesday, we will be at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, the “end” of the Cahaba River. Cahawba was Alabama’s first state capital, but native populations called this land home for thousands of years before the European settlement of North America. The park’s museum features artist renderings of a Muscogee Creek settlement, stories of 16th-century battles between the indigenous tribes and Spanish explorers, and Civil War stories of Union prisoners of war headed back home. 

Volunteers will:

  • Promote the Cahaba River’s health
  • Learn how damming affects riverine ecosystems
  • Help restore an archeological burial site. 

Space is limited. Click here to register a group or individual volunteer for either cleanup.

Canoe Cleanup

In the morning, we will paddle a 5-mile stretch of the Cahaba alongside the park, removing trash as we go. We will take out from the Alabama River. 

Canoe cleanup participants can meet at Amped Fitness at the Colonnade at 8 am to carpool and caravan or meet at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park around 10:30 am. When we arrive at the put-in location, we will choose boats and distribute gear. The paddling portion will conclude around 4 pm. 

Walking Cleanup

In the afternoon, there will be a walking cleanup of an old burial site that was damaged by a tornado. We will meet at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park to remove limbs and other brush from the site in preparation for larger machinery to remove the bigger tree trunks. The walking cleanup will conclude around 5 pm.

Click here to register a group or individual volunteer.

Thank You to our Wednesday Partner!

Event Details


  • Name: Wil Rainer, Field Programs Director, Cahaba River Society
  • Phone: (901) 210-7850
  • Email: wilr@cahabariversociety.org


Old Cahawba Archaeological Park
9518 Cahaba Rd
Orville,AL36767United States
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