This fun, touching video by American Rivers reminds us why wild rivers matter to children, and why they make the Northwest such an amazing place to live. Parker, the subject of the film, counts down the 50 reasons he loves playing near rivers and streams in three minutes. Beautifully shot, to the point, and surprisingly powerful, this feel-good clip will make you smile and have you planning a river outing with your kids in no time.

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