For Immediate Release: November 18, 2019

SMUD partners with the American River Parkway Foundation to bring outdoor education to local students

SMUD is partnering with the America River Parkway Foundation to bring local students to the American River for its outdoor education program. Students will explore environmental science concepts and experience an amazing outdoor classroom on the river. Students and educators can marvel at turkeys, snakes, and deer, and participate in fun hands-on STEM activities at the River Bend site, many of them experiencing the American River Parkway for the first time.

The American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF) manages the River Bend Outdoor Education Site along the American River in Rancho Cordova, where educators from the Sacramento County Office of Education teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts to students in a natural setting.

WHAT:           Outdoor education program for local youth

WHEN:           Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:         River Bend Outdoor Education Center: River Bend Park, 2300 Rod Beaudry Drive, at entrance to the parkway, Rancho Cordova. Signs will be posted at entrance.

WHO:              Students, teachers and representatives from SMUD and ARPF

The children participate in the program free of charge thanks to the American River Parkway Foundation. The program is taught by certified teachers from Sacramento County Office of Education. Since the program began in 2016, it has served over 8,000 children from low-income neighborhoods. More information about the program can be found at

In 2019, SMUD’s Building Leadership Talent Class adopted the program and have been raising funds and making improvements to the Outdoor Education site. One of SMUD’s goals is to bring greater awareness of the program to the community. 

About SMUD

As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned, not-for-profit, electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 70 years to Sacramento County and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD’s power mix is about 50 percent non-carbon emitting. For more information, visit