The 2018 5 Rivers Odyssey Crew (left to right):  (Back Row) Chuck Ash (Bristol Bay guide), Anthony Ortiz (CU-Boulder), Eric Booton (TU Alaska)  (Front Row) Kylie Hogan (Pitt-Johnstown), Libby Glaser (Missouri State)

The 2018 5 Rivers Odyssey Crew (left to right):

(Back Row) Chuck Ash (Bristol Bay guide), Anthony Ortiz (CU-Boulder), Eric Booton (TU Alaska)

(Front Row) Kylie Hogan (Pitt-Johnstown), Libby Glaser (Missouri State)

The Native Odyssey in 2017, and the 2018 5 Rivers Odyssey is our annual summer promotion that seeks to raise awareness surrounding public lands, and native. In partnership with the US Forest Service, Costa Sunglasses, Simms Fishing Products, Fishpond USA, and Orvis, these students visited public lands across the United States, caught over 20 native Salmonids.

The 2017 Native Odyssey:

The 2017 Native Odyssey Crew (left to right: Brett Winchel (University of Tennessee), Matt Crockett (University of Tennessee), Jacob Lacy (CU-Boulder), Heather Harkavy (Florida State), Austin Burroughs (Florida State)

The 2017 Native Odyssey Crew (left to right: Brett Winchel (University of Tennessee), Matt Crockett (University of Tennessee), Jacob Lacy (CU-Boulder), Heather Harkavy (Florida State), Austin Burroughs (Florida State)

Piloted in summer 2017, the Native Odyssey was a 10 week cross-country “dream trip” for students to explore western states and pursue wild trout on public lands.  Documenting their trip via social media, the students generated over a million social media impressions. After the trip concluded, the students went to Capitol Hill, and met with their state representatives to share their experience to stress the importance of protecting these places for future generations.

The 2018 5 Rivers Odyssey:

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The 2018 5 Rivers Odyssey, explored the challenges facing the three largest salmon ecosystems in the world; the Kenai Peninsula, Bristol Bay, and the Tongass National Forest.  The students met with local stakeholders, fished, and shared their experience via social media. Through their efforts, the promotion generated over 1.3 million social media impressions throughout the five week journey.

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Similarly to the Native Odyssey Team, the 5 Rivers crew went to Capitol Hill to share their Alaskan experience this summer. Highlighting the incredible public lands and fisheries that exist in the state, and why they should remain protected.

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