An Update on the 2018 Earth First! Round River Rendezvous in Ohio


Update on the upcoming Earth First! Round River Rendezvous.

This year, the annual Round River Rendezvous will be hosted by Appalachia Resist from July 1-9 in so-called Southeast Ohio, on occupied Seneca, Shawnee and Tsalagi land.

The location will be near Athens, Ohio (directions will be posted soon) and the nearest airport is in Colombus, Ohio.

Appalachia Resist is asking that anyone with kids, or who knows someone who’s coming with kids, send an email to so they can get an idea of the amount and ages of the kids who will be coming.
They want to make this Rondy great for families, so if you can be there for the first two days, and would be willing to sign up for child care, or kids workshops, send them an email so the first few days of childcare and workshops can be scheduled ahead of time.

More info from Appalachia Resist’s website:

While we are still firming up the workshop schedule some likely workshops are: Map Reading, Radio Comms & Convoys, De Escalation, Solidarity with Impacted Communities, Community Self Defense, Pipeline Skills Exchange, Indigenous Resistance & Solidarity, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, and standard Rondy fare such as; Direct Action, Plant identification, Know Your Rights, Digital Security, Jail Solidarity, Scouting, Pipeline Construction/Fracking Infrastructure, Security Culture, and Self Defense.

Average temperatures in this region in July are 84 degrees in the day with lows of 61 at night. It will be very humid. The record high for this week was 101 degrees with very high humidity. The record low was 47 degrees. Expect thunderstorms at some point in the week.

There will be many insects including mosquitoes and ticks. There is a high chance you will encounter poison ivy. Nights around here can be very noisy with the mating/kinship/territory calls of frogs, insects, birds, and mammals that are active at night. There are three venomous snakes in the area; rattlesnakes, copperheads and possibly cottonmouths. You are unlikely to be lucky enough to see one of them. Coyote & bobcats are the largest predators that live in the area, although eastern black bear have been sighted passing through. You are also unlikely to be lucky enough to see any of these either, although we are likely to hear the coyote.

We’re trying to make this year’s rendezvous the most kid friendly rendezvous ever, with workshop, responsibilities, and discussions, with and for the kids. You can help by bringing your kids, or encouraging and helping your friends who have kids, to attend. Those without kids, who want to help can also come prepared to sign up for a childcare shift, or to teach a workshop. Also if you have kids or experience working with kids, send us requests, and ideas. Childcare will be provided except during meal times. Check back for the childcare curriculum.

Breakfast and Dinner will be provided, you should bring lunch and snacks.

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