OARS Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week All Season Long

A group splashes through rapids on the South Fork American River
A group splashes through the rapids of the South Fork of the American River. | Photo by Kevin Barchers

Honoring Educators with a Free Day of Rafting and a Chance to Rejuvenate in Nature

ANGELS CAMP, Calif. — In the lead up to Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6 to 10 this year, OARS is pleased to announce a new Teachers Raft Free discount to honor and celebrate teachers’ hard work and dedication to the next generation. What better way to do that, than provide them with a unique way to unwind and rejuvenate?

“As kids, most of us never showed our teachers the appreciation they deserved. As adults, we recognize how hard they work and the impact they have on our children, but teachers are still undervalued for the role they play in shaping our future. They deserve more recognition,” says Steve Markle, VP of Sales and Marketing at OARS. “Our founder George Wendt started his career as a middle school math teacher before launching his first commercial rafting trip. He knew better than anyone that river trips give people a chance to get away from the stresses of life and work.”

“Rafting is fun, but it’s also restorative. We want to show our appreciation for teachers by offering the opportunity for a well-deserved break and the chance to enjoy the beauty and adventure of the outdoors with friends and family,” continues Markle.

As part of the Teachers Raft Free deal, pre-K through 12th-grade classroom teachers, and classified school district staff, can embark on exhilarating 1/2- and 1-day rafting adventures at no cost, Sunday-Friday all season long, when they book with one or more full-paying guests. This exclusive offer allows teachers to experience the thrill of whitewater rafting through breathtaking natural landscapes like the South, Middle and North Fork of the American, North Fork Stanislaus and Merced rivers in California, and the Green River through Split Mountain Canyon in Utah. 

A group of rafters paddling in Split Mountain Canyon
Rafting the splashy fun Split Mountain Canyon. | Photo: Max Hamann

“A day spent on the American River is a great way to recharge your battery and a unique way to spend a day with friends or colleagues. It’s a perfect combination of fun, excitement and exercise, and it’s an exhilarating way to experience nature and the outdoors,” says Buffy Henrickson, Science Teacher at Avery Middle School in Avery, CA. “After a rafting trip you come away feeling refreshed and alive. And maybe the best part for a teacher is there’s no lesson planning or grading—all the hard work is done for you. You can just kick back and enjoy!”

To take advantage of this special offer, teachers and classified staff should call 800-346-6277 to speak with an OARS Adventure Consultant. Spaces are limited, so educators are encouraged to reserve their spot early. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to experience the thrill of whitewater rafting with OARS. For more information, visit the OARS Teachers Raft Free page.


About OARS

In 1969, OARS became the first exclusively non-motorized rafting outfitter authorized by the National Park Service to run trips on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Today OARS caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with more than 75 unique itineraries worldwide, including one-day and weekend escapes. Each year the company contributes to regional conservation organizations around the globe via voluntary donations and annual fundraising events, and in partnership with their guests, OARS has contributed more than $6 million in donations and fees toward the preservation of the environment and to various conservation initiatives since the company’s inception. For more information on OARS’ eco-friendly adventures, visit www.oars.com, email the company at [email protected] or call 1-800-346-6277.

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