"I think we have an opportunity to make a difference. One kid at a time."
- Steve Davis, Founder On River Time

Steve Davis Fly Fishing

“On River Time began a short eight years ago with a mission to serve children who are survivors of abuse and neglect. Using fly fishing as a means of connecting with each child, we introduce people, place and partners into their life journey to instill value and hope.

As a survivor of abuse, I am familiar with the hidden feelings of shame, guilt and fear and how those three shaped my life as a child, and then as an adult. Understanding “it was not your fault” does not come easily nor all at once. It’s a process of forgiveness and self reflection that can only happen in silence.

It is with these sounds of silence-the creak of the oar against the drift boat, the riffle flowing over the gravel bank, the screeching of the eagle above, and the lift of a trout to a fly- I found my own forgiveness and my own moment.

Our campers are young people who have endured horrific actions, usually perpetuated by those they trusted the most . . .their families. In that course, their dreams are dampened and swallowed with a deep fear of ever trusting again.

Our past can only define our future if we allow it to do so. Life changing experiences occur everyday, and it is through these moments and experiences that we learn the true meaning of the words, ‘it was not your fault’.”
- Steve Davis, On River Time Founder

Steve Davis began On River Time in 2012. He’s the senior vice president and director of Construction Risk Services for Mc Griff, Seibels & Williams, Inc. He’s a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the author of the book, “Picking Butter Beans”.

Steve Davis - Founder


Wendy Garner - Executive Director
Wendy Garner - Executive Director

Wendy Garner joined On River Time as our executive director June of 2019. Within six days, she was on a plane to Idaho to experience her first On River Time camp. “For teens who have experienced abuse and neglect, they may feel like they are defined by their painful past,” she says. “At camp I witnessed lives being transformed. The kids start to realize this trip is a gift and they are worth it. By creating new, positive experiences, our goal at On River Time is to help point them in a new direction. One filled with hope.”

Garner’s diverse background has prepared her for her new role. She’s an award winning television veteran who worked as a news anchor, reporter, and show host for WVTM in Birmingham as well as other stations. More recently she managed her public relations and marketing firm. Garner has been closely involved with many nonprofits over the years, serving on advisory boards, as an emcee for major fundraisers, and also producing videos and managing their social media. She is grateful for the opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of our inspirational kids and advance the mission of On River Time.

Board of Directors

Steve Fishing 
Dave Roberts showing off his catch
Steve Davis, President
Dave Roberts, Vice President

Axel Schug with his catch Dave Nichols
Brad Robinson
Axel Schug
Dave Nichols
Emalyn Lovitt
Chris Demarco
John Ahlswede showing off his catch
Emalyn Lovitt
Chris DeMarco
John Ahlswede
Dan Sullivan showing off his catch in a net
Tracy Helmcamp-Schieffe
Jessica Johnson showing off her catch
Dan Sullivan
Tracy Helmcamp-Schieffer
Jessica Johnson


Where the Magic Happens

An invaluable partner, the Lodge at Palisades Creek is Orvis’ premier fly fishing lodge on the South Fork of the Snake River. They provide reduced rates for our accommodations and donate staff to provide the most spectacular setting for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Located a few miles beneath the Palisades Dam in Irwin, Idaho, this is fly fishing at its finest, with 5,200 trout per mile and a daily average of 15" - 18” cutthroat, rainbow, and brown trout.

The accommodations and meals are second to none, but it’s the kindness and hospitality displayed by the guides and lodge employees that make our trip so memorable. The Lodge at Palisades Creek regularly hosts celebrity guests and they roll out the red carpet for our campers.

We invite you to experience the incredible hospitality of the Lodge at Palisades Creek for yourself! tlapc.com

A highlight of the On River Time trip is a tour of the Grand Teton National Park hosted by Teton Science School. The Grand Tetons are one of the most striking landscapes in the world, located just outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming, about an hour from where we stay. There, the kind and knowledegable guides from Teton Science School provides our campers with an engaging and memorable tour where campers are having so much fun, they don’t realize they’re learning! We see bison, moose and elk roaming freely through the national park and learn all about the beautiful landscape.

Read this article about On River Time campers’ visit to the Grand Teton National Park on the Teton Science School website: https://www.tetonscience.org/when-place-helps-teens-lay-a-foundation-for-hope-and-healing/


On River Time is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama. ORT’s EIN number for donations is 45-5023228.
On River Time’s 2017 From 990-EZ can be viewed or downloaded here.