River Wranglers began in 1994 through a grant written by Mary Reid, Water Specialist, University of Nevada, Reno Cooperative Extension. The objectives were; 1) to supplement water quality data collected by professional staff in water quality agencies and scientific institutions. 2) to educate the public about water quality issues. 3) to incorporate water quality river monitoring into an ongoing school program. 4) to provide field experience for science students in rural communities. The grant was secured and $15,500 was allocated to determine the youth interest in water quality monitoring in central Nevada. When the grant funds were exhausted, Linda Conlin, project coordinator, continued to volunteer and kept the organization intact.
On October 20, 2000 River Wranglers incorporated and formed a non-profit organization. The mission of River Wranglers is exploring, conserving and celebrating our rivers through community programs, projects, and hands-on education. River Wranglers’ vision is to excite youth, their parents and their grandparents by deepening their understanding of and commitment to watershed, rivers and streams that sustain life for generations to come.