RiverReach Youth Initiative was founded in 1992 by Jim Pearson, a Denver attorney and impassioned river rafter. From 1992-2007, RiverReach introduced community responsibility and outdoor adventures to more than 25,000 participants and logged more than 50,000 volunteer hours. The impact of their work proved to positively impact both the community and the kids who participated.
After significant organizational growth under the leadership of Executive Director Greg Pratt, RiverReach chose to pursue a merger with cityWILD. By combining forces, these two nonprofits now serve more youth, more effectively, and with greater synergy. RiverReach’s operations were bolstered by cityWILD’s year-round programming, and its youth staff. In addition, cityWILD’s Arkansas River operations compliment RiverReach’s urban based program.
River Reach formally merged into cityWILD in 2008.