Cahaba River Society works to inspire River stewardship through education, recreation, and volunteer service projects.

We believe that connecting people to the Cahaba through hands-on experiences is the best way to inspire care for the River.


How our programs connect people to the river to inspire river stewardship:

      • We educate people about the River through the Shane Hulsey CLEAN Environmental Education Program. This program brings youth into the River for hands-on environmental science, reconnects urban youth with nature, and is raising the next generation of water stewards. So far the CLEAN program has brought 39,500 people into the Cahaba River. Click here to learn more.
      • For over thirty years, we have provided recreation opportunities to people with our naturalist-guided canoe trips and our work with the Cahaba Blueway water trail.

We organize hands-on volunteer service projects including river clean ups, forest restoration projects, and outdoor classroom planning for civic, business, school, and church groups so that they can clean up the River and restore forests. Contact Education Director Gordon Black to schedule a project.

Recent Achievements:

  • Delivered 82 river and classroom educational programs to 41 institutions in 2018 through the The Shane Hulsey CLEAN Environmental Education Program, serving 1,841 people, 45% of whom are people of color, with over 39,500 total people served since the program began in 1996.
  • Worked with partners toward the 2018 official launch of the Cahaba Blueway water trail, helping to secure partners and funds and with the development of river access in Jefferson, Shelby, and Bibb Counties.
  • Led 29 volunteer work days with over 700 participants in the last 2 ½ years, providing hands-on opportunities to connect with the Cahaba while building knowledge and stewardship commitment
    Launched “Project Tarobliteration” to root out invasive taro plants from Cahaba riverbanks and Cahaba Lily habitat. Click here to read more about “Project Tarobliteration” and invasive taro on the Cahaba River.