Carolina Rivers – Education and Preservation through Exploration is an initiative to explore the rivers across North Carolina and South Carolina,
documenting the past, the present, the cultural heritage and the adventures that await alongside the rivers.

You do not have to travel to Africa, Asia or Antarctica to be an explorer.
All you have to do is walk out your door and look at the world with curious eyes.
Be an explorer. Explore a Carolina state park or paddle down a Carolina river.


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Not everyone has the opportunity to explore far off distant lands. The reality is that you can simply walk out you front door, look at your world with curious eyes and explore your county or your state and you will find inspiration and adventures for sure.

With this in mind, ‘Carolina Rivers - Education and Preservation through Exploration’ conducts overland and river expeditions along some of the most scenic as well as most threatened rivers in North Carolina and South Carolina. Our goal is to listen first hand to our fellow Carolinians about not only the rich cultural history but also the environmental challenges.

We are also reaching out to schools an offer an everlasting learning tool for classrooms in order to ‘educate, preserve and conserve through exploration’ the rivers of the Carolinas. Together we can work to insure that our waterways provide great outdoor enjoyment for future generations.

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Be an explorer. Explore a Carolina state park or paddle down a Carolina river. We’re outside, why aren’t you?

Carolina Rivers documents the rivers in South Carolina and North Carolina through the stories told by the people that live and work along these rivers. Stories about what the river means to them, childhood memories, challenges the river faces and how it impacts their lives. Sometimes we come across controversial issues such as the lack of river access due to private land ownership, pollution from swine facilities, the impact of sand dredging and low water levels caused by extended water usage upstream. For the most part we hear about their love of the river as a recreational resource. For any age, gender, size - floating down the river or simply enjoying its beauty from the river banks is relaxing an invigorating like nothing else. Carolina Rivers produces for each river that we explore a short 15 second teaser, a 4 minute vignette and a short film.
The River Runs North
Looks Like Sweet Tea
A Gem to be Discovered
The River that Comes and Goes
So Much Water, So Little Time
The River Don't Bother Nobody

“To be an explorer you don’t have to travel to Africa, Asia, Antarctica or other far off the beaten path distant lands. All you really have to do is find the time to walk outside your front door with curious eyes and in time you will see your world for the first time.”

wa•ter•shed (noun): a time when an important change happens


Julian Monroe Fisher FRGS FI’00 is an explorer, an Anthropologist, an Ethnographic filmmaker, a published author, a Fellow with The Royal Geographical Society in London, an International Fellow with The Explorers Club in New York City and a member of The American Anthropological Association. Between 2007 and 2015 Monroe conducted six Explorers Club flag sanctioned research expeditions to the African continent. Originally from the Carolinas and a graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, he currently lives with my family in Wilmington, North Carolina.

In July 2013 ‘National Geographic Magazine’ highlighted Monroe’s work in Africa establishing ‘The Sir Samuel and Lady Florence Baker Historical Trail', the first ‘thru hiking trail’ on the African continent. In 2014 Monroe travelled to South Sudan and Uganda gathering content for a new film series with The documentary film series is currently in production. In January 2015 CNN referred to Fisher’s Baker Trail as “one of the world’s most amazing long distance trails”.



The aspirations of explorers ultimately depend not upon their nerve to challenge their spirit, but upon the support of their families who allow them to travel into the unknown. For when we venture off the beaten path and into the abyss, our true goal is to return home safely to our love ones and to share new knowledge about 'life on Earth'. The economics of global exploration requires that we continually seek out financial support as well as outdoor equipment that we know will tolerate the environmental extremities that an expeditionary team will encounter along the trail. Your support provides the safety net for our team to meet the challenges. Without you, we cannot do as my friend Colonel Norman Vaughan always challenged me to do, and that is to, "dream big, and dare to fail".

Carolina Rivers is working with local outfitters and canoe, kayak and paddle clubs throughout North Carolina and South Carolina.
If you would like to assist, please contact us!


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Catawba, NC/SC Great Coharie, NC North Fork Edisto Uhwarrie, NC
Chowan, NC Haw, NC Pacolet, SC Waccamaw, NC/SC
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Congaree, SC Little Salkehatchie, SC Saluda. SC Wateree, SC
Coosawhatchie Little, NC Santee, SC White Oak, NC
Deep, NC Lumber NC/SC Scuppernong, NC Yadkin, NC
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