As one of our 2019 participants put it,

“Renewed, energized, full of joy!”

River Discovery, founded in 2006, continues to build programs for cancer survivors of all ages and diagnoses. We are excited to bring back all of our programs for the 2021 Summer season. Participants of multiple day specialty trips have already been selected by lottery. We are still accepting families for our Healing Waters Floats and are planning ahead for our Summer 2021 Paddle Out Cancer sessions.


– Betsy Carver, Executive Director


Five years ago, my wife, a breast cancer survivor, was a participant on River Discovery’s week long Salmon River adventure. It was a life changing experience for her and many of that summer’s group remain close friends and see each other regularly to this day. That trip also led directly to our ongoing involvement with all of River Discovery’s programs, as well as my position on the Board of Directors. Having participated as the River Discovery trip nurse a number of times, I was amazed each year as I watched the participants, survivors of all manner of cancers, surrender to the flow of the water and accept the majestic and healing experience of life on “river time.”

There is little in my life experience that I have found quite as rewarding as those days floating down river, surrounded by those mountains, warmed by the sun, energized by the company of friends and survivors.

Ben Murray

President, Board of Directors


River Discovery offers outdoor adventures for cancer survivors that promote healing and strengthening of the mind, body and spirit. We work year round to create, build, and fund life changing outdoor adventures for cancer survivors and the people who love them. Programs are created to inspire, empower, and heal survivors of all ages and with any diagnosis.


River Discovery’s programs get survivors outdoors, engaged in recreational physical activity, and connected with one another for emotional and peer support. River discovery programs strive to empower survivors and their loved ones to embrace an active lifestyle rich with recreation, friendships, and nourishing foods, all of which have been demonstrated to improve overall health.


Cancer affects many aspects of people’s lives including their ability to trust their body, challenge themselves, and allow themselves to let go and live. Taking survivors on adventures in nature rejuvenates the spirit, inspires and empowers the individual and provides their strength and confidence and take on the healing challenges the future may hold.

2021 Adventures

Registration Opens January 1, 2021

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