Discovering Science along the Rio

$3,080 of $2,970 goal

Raised by 44 people in 20 months
Chelsea Silva
for Friends of the Rio De Flag
What an exciting year I've had as an AmeriCorps STEM VISTA member with Friends of the Rio de Flag working with Flagstaff schoolchildren and teachers. Our local stream, the Rio de Flag, is the biological heart of our community and flows through most neighborhoods. The Rio is a great outdoor classroom for the sevens schools that I worked with when they joined our new Adopt-the-Rio de Flag Stewardship program.

I'd love your suport to continue for another year as a STEM VISTA member, building on the success of the Adopt-the-Rio program and developing a new program for citizen science, which will ask for community volunteers to monitor and collect environmental data along the Rio. My goal is to inspire a lifelong stewardship of the Rio's remarkable educational, recreational, and biological resources.

The Friends of the Rio de Flag needs to raise $3,500 in matching funds so we can again be a Project Host Site for my position, and we'd like to raise an additional $1,000 for materials to be used in these projects for a total of $4,500.

Please help reach our goal of $4,500 by Earth Day on April 22nd!

Don't forget to "share" our project on Facebook!

And please "follow" us on our Facebook page during our fundraising campaign to discover something new about the Rio and our watershed every day!

Learn more about Friends of the Rio de Flag on our website.
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Dear friends and family,

Last week we completed our fundraising campaign thanks to your generous collective donations. I am looking forward to building capacity of the Friends of the Rio de Flag during a second service term, and I will be all the more passionate about my work knowing that each of you supports me and the work I do!

As a final message for this GoFundMe project, I would like to request that you send along a physical address so that I can send a thank you through the mail. You can email your address to me directly at I will not share your address with anyone outside of the organization, and will only use it for the said purpose of sending my thanks.

Please stay in touch with me and the rest of the Friends of the Rio de Flag by checking out our Facebook page and website for upcoming events, and joining as a member (a free service).

Thanks again!


Chelsea Silva
Chelsea explains watershed features.
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Dear friends and family,

I am overjoyed to announce that we have met and surpassed our fundraising goal to support my second service term with the Friends of the Rio de Flag! I am very grateful for all of your support and can't wait to spend another year giving back to this amazing community.

If you have not already, I invite you to join us for a public meeting on the first Thursdays of the month at 6pm at the Montoya Community Center (245 N Thorpe Rd). Every month we invite a different speaker to share information about ongoing projects in our watershed and other watersheds throughout Arizona. In addition, we host volunteer events during the year that we post to our website ( and our Facebook page.

I can't thank you enough for your support for this project, and I look forward to sharing my progress over the course of the next year as I seek to provide outdoor, place-based experiences for youth in the community. And hopefully one day we'll see these youth pursuing local careers that act to both strengthen our community and protect and restore our local watershed.

Follow us on Facebook during this last week of our Rio Awareness Campaign to learn more about citizen science and what you can do to contribute to research both locally and globally.

See you next time along the Rio!


Chelsea Silva

A big thank you from me to you!
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Dear family and friends,

You might have noticed that we lowered the total fundraising goal to $3,020 (from $4,500). This action was carried out to reflect $1,480 in offline donations we have received! Thanks again to everyone who has supported – we are very close to meeting our final goal!

With just $520 remaining to meet our goal, please share this project with family and friends who you think might be interested in supporting outdoor science discovery in Flagstaff, Arizona. Every dollar counts!

I am so honored to be part of a community that believes in the power of outdoor, place-based education. Thank you!!


Chelsea at AZ Summit on Volunteerism
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With only one week left of our fundraising campaign, the Friends of the Rio de Flag has raised nearly 60% of their $4,500 goal* to fund my second term of service. I am so grateful for the support I've received from my friends and family, and their extended network of friends and family!

As the deadline (Earth Day) for my campaign nears, please "share" this project on Facebook or by email with anyone you think might be interested in supporting place-based, outdoor education.

Finally, do not forget to follow the Friends of the Rio de Flag on Facebook as we spread the word about the importance of our watershed through our Rio Awareness Campaign.

*Figure includes both online and offline donations (offline donations not visible on our GoFundMe page)
Chelsea describes the Adopt program
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$3,080 of $2,970 goal

Raised by 44 people in 20 months
Created March 17, 2017
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Friends of the Rio De Flag
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Flagstaff, AZ
EIN: 275116754
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Julie McPherson
19 months ago

Congratulations Chelsea! I'm so proud of you and thankful for the work you're doing. The world needs more people like you!

Neal Silva
19 months ago

Go Chelsea!

19 months ago
Mike Rotter
19 months ago

In honor of Donald Trump, the science guy...

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