Events Calendar:

Build Your Own Fly Rod :: Saturday, March 7, 2015 :: 9 am to 12 pm

NEW DATES - changed from Jan. 24 and 31.
Take your fly fishing skills up a notch by custom building your own fly rod. Everything you'll need will be provided during this 2 day class, along with expert instruction and a few good laughs! All participants will be making a Baston RX6 7.5/5wt. graphite rod. These kits normally go for $115, and a new rod would cost $250, so this class is a great deal!

Space is limited to 4 people. If you register for this class you will be automatically registered for the following Saturday class on March 14, 9 am to noon.

This program will be held at the WPWA Campus, 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley, RI.

WPWA Member Price: $85.00/person      Non-Member Price: $95.00/person

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Canada Goose Control Program :: Saturday, March 7, 2015 :: 1pm-3pm

Have a Canada goose problem? Don't know what to do or where to turn? Join the Rhode Island Conservation Districts and their partners for one of their upcoming FREE Educational Workshops to learn more about Resident Canada Goose biology and behavior, the problems they pose to our local environments and economies, and what you can do on your property and in your community to help mitigate the effect of RI’s growing Resident Canada Goose population.

The free workshop is Saturday, March 7, 2015 1:00 – 3:00 PM
URI East Farm, Building #75, East Farm Rd. South Kingstown, RI
To register or for more information about this project contact: Southern RI Conservation District (401) 500-0422 SRICD.info@gmail.com

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Fly-Tying Classes :: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 :: 6:30 to 9 pm

NEW DATE-CHANGED FROM FEB. Enjoy an evening around the WPWA conference table overlooking the Wood River as volunteers from WPWA and the Wood River Fly-tiers teach the art of tying flies. All necessary equipment will be provided, however, if you do have your own vice, it is recommended that you bring it along.

Novice tyers will learn how to tie a Wooly Bugger, Chernoble Ant and Foam Inchworm. Experienced tyers can look forward to learning a pattern that is a bit more challenging!

This program will be held at the WPWA Campus, 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley, RI, 02832. It will be offered for 4 sessions in February (2/3, 2/10, 2/17, & 2/24) with a different fly each night. Take one or as many classes you would like. Register for each separately.

WPWA Member Price: $10.00/person      Non-Member Price: $15.00/person

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Fly-Tying Classes :: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 :: 6:30 to 9 pm

NEW DATE-CHANGED FROM FEB. Enjoy an evening around the WPWA conference table overlooking the Wood River as volunteers from WPWA and the Wood River Fly-tiers teach the art of tying flies. All necessary equipment will be provided, however, if you do have your own vice, it is recommended that you bring it along.

Novice tyers will learn how to tie a Wooly Bugger, Chernoble Ant and Foam Inchworm. Experienced tyers can look forward to learning a pattern that is a bit more challenging!

This program will be held at the WPWA Campus, 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley, RI, 02832. It will be offered for 4 sessions in February (2/3, 2/10, 2/17, & 2/24) with a different fly each night. Take one or as many classes you would like. Register for each separately.

WPWA Member Price: $10.00/person      Non-Member Price: $15.00/person

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Fly-Tying Classes :: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 :: 6:30 to 9 pm

NEW DATE-CHANGED FROM FEB. Enjoy an evening around the WPWA conference table overlooking the Wood River as volunteers from WPWA and the Wood River Fly-tiers teach the art of tying flies. All necessary equipment will be provided, however, if you do have your own vice, it is recommended that you bring it along.

Novice tyers will learn how to tie a Wooly Bugger, Chernoble Ant and Foam Inchworm. Experienced tyers can look forward to learning a pattern that is a bit more challenging!

This program will be held at the WPWA Campus, 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley, RI, 02832. It will be offered for 4 sessions in February (2/3, 2/10, 2/17, & 2/24) with a different fly each night. Take one or as many classes you would like. Register for each separately.

WPWA Member Price: $10.00/person      Non-Member Price: $15.00/person

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9018


Winter Tree Walk :: Saturday, April 4, 2015 :: 10 am to 12 pm

POSTPONED FROM JANUARY
Join forester, Will Walker, on a walk in Arcadia Management Area to learn about trees in RI. During this easy walk we will learn how to identify trees in the winter and what role different species play in the forest ecosystem. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather, an orange vest or hat, and good hiking shoes. This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Meet at the Brook Trail parking area on Rt. 165 in West Greenwich.

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Introduction to Geocaching :: Sunday, April 19, 2015 :: 1 to 3:30 pm

Do you like to go treasure hunting? Then you will enjoy learning about Geochaching – a modern day outdoor treasurer hunt using a GPS enabled device. Meet at the WPWA Campus, 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley, RI, for a brief discussion. Then the leaders will take folks out to the Arcadia Management Area to look for some of the many treasures hidden there. This program is appropriate for anyone; families are especially encouraged. Bring your Smart phone or GPS unit. Be sure to dress for the weather - this is an outdoor program.

If you plan to use a GPS device, please go to https://www.geocaching.com and follow the sign up instructions. If you plan on using a smart phone, go to the app store and select the free Geocaching Intro App by Groundspeak Inc. and follow the instructions. You should also review the rules of the game.

This program is free, but pre-registration is required. Donations are appreciated. Raindate is Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Vernal Pool Exploration :: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 :: 10 am to noon

Welcome spring with a fun exploration of a vernal pool. These special wetlands are home to wood frogs, spotted salamanders and fairy shrimp, as well as lots of interesting bugs. After a little talk about the habitat, we will go in with nets and waders to find and identify the wetland creatures.

This program will be held outside in the Arcadia Management Area in Exeter RI. All equipment will be provided, but if you have waders or tall boots bring them. Appropriate for children 5 and older. Free, but pre-registration is required.

Rain date will be April 22.

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Earth Day Cleanup :: Saturday, April 25, 2015 :: anytime

Help WPWA keep our watershed healthy and beautiful by voluteering a few hours of your time to clean up a public access area along one of our beautiful rivers. You choose a time that is convenient for you - anytime the weekend of April 24-26.

Chose a site and then PLEASE EMAIL denisep@wpwa.org with the following information:
* The name/# of the site that you want to tidy up.
* The number of participants (& their approximate ages).
* Why you are choosing this particular site - does it mean something special to you? (optional)

Bags and gloves for collecting trash and bottled water will be provided to all volunteers. A dumpster will be placed at the WPWA headquarters and it is requested that you deliver your collected trash by Monday (EARTH DAY!) the 28nd of April. Once a site has a designated volunteer a name will appear in all capitals immediately following (see #10). If a site is taken, but you would still like to help there, just indicate that in your registration email. Thanks!

1. Rt. 165 RIDEM Wood River Access, Exeter
2. The Pines and Deep Hole, Blitzkreig Trail
3. Browning Mill Pond, Arcadia Road, Exeter
4. Frosty Hollow Pond, Frosty Hollow Road, Exeter
5. Queen’s River at Mail Road, Exeter
6. Wyoming Pond, Bank Street, Richmond
7. Hope Valley Fishing Access, Mechanic Street, Hopkinton
8. Alton Pond, Woodville-Alton Rd, Hopkinton
9. Woodville Road access, Hopkinton
10. Barberville Dam, Arcadia Road, Hopkinton ---WPWA
11. Beaver River Fishing Access, Rt. 138, Richmond ---SUMNER
12. Beaver River at Shannock Hill Rd., Richmond
13. Horseshoe Falls, Shannock Village, Richmond
14. Shannock Canoe Access at Railroad St., Richmond
15. Jay Cronan access, Rt. 91, Richmond
16. Carolina Trout Pond, Carolina Management Area, Richmond
17. Meadow Brook at Pine Hill Rd, Richmond
18. Meadow Brook Pond, Rt. 91, Richmond
19. Switch Road Canoe access, Richmond
20. Barber Pond, Rt. 2, South Kingstown
21. Worden Pond, Worden Pond Rd, South Kingstown
22. Taylor’s Landing, Rt. 138, South Kingstown
23. Bradford access, Rt. 91, Bradford
24. White Rock, White Rock Rd, Westerly
25. Chapman Pond, Rt. 91, Westerly

*** Don't see a site that you think should be on this list? Send an email to denisep@wpwa.org to let us know.***

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Map and Compass Workshop #1 :: Thursday, May 7, 2015 :: 6 pm to 9 pm

Do you like to get out and explore in the woods, but worry about your skills to find your way back? Join WPWA and the Narragansett Chapter of the AMC for a two-part course (Thursday evening for 3 hours and Saturday day for 6 hours) that will teach you how to read and understand maps and use a compass correctly. At the end of this course participants should feel more comfortable with their abilities to plan routes, determine their locations, and come out safely. Safe hiking tips will be included.

This first part is a three hour indoor class held at the WPWA Campus. Topics include reading map symbols and contour lines, matching the terrain to the map, taking and using bearings, orienting map and compass, declination, determining your location and planning your route.

Saturday's section will be conducted at Arcadia Management Area in Exeter. It's turkey hunting season, so be sure to wear orange. The morning session will allow participants to practice their new skills and learn other details about taking and using compass bearings. After lunch they will plan and then execute a bushwhack route through the woods.

Instructors include experienced Northern Hikes Leaders from AMC. Participants should bring a declinated compass and plan to attend both dates. Maps of several local areas will be available for purchase.

Registration for this date includes registration for Sat. AMC members may register as a member to get the discounted rate. Contact Denise with any questions.

WPWA Member Price: $25.00/person      Non-Member Price: $35.00/person

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Map and Compass Workshop #2 :: Saturday, May 9, 2015 :: 9 am to 3 pm

This is the second part of the Map and Compass Workshop, conducted entirely outdoors at the Arcadia Management Area, from 9 am to 3 pm. Participants register for both on Thursday, May 7. Bring declinated compass, orange vests or hats, daypack, lunch, water, insect repellent and sunscreen. Dress for the weather. We do this rain or shine.
You register for both workshops by registering for Workshop #1.

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Eppley Wildlife Refuge Paddle and Hike :: Saturday, May 16, 2015 :: 9 am to 1:30 pm

Welcome spring with this unique trip into the Audubon Society of RI’s special Marion Eppley Wildlife Refuge. One of the largest refuges owned by Audubon, the Eppley Refuge is not open to the public, but is maintained as an unspoiled and unbroken tract for wildlife habitat and study. Programs are held here by special permission only.

We will meet at the historic Kenyon Cornmeal Company Mill in Usquepaugh and enjoy a spectacular paddle upstream on the Queen’s River. At the refuge we will be met by Audubon staff for a tour of the area, after which we will get back into our kayaks and return to the start. We hope to see spring ephemeral flowers and some migrating warblers. Co-sponsored by ASRI, this is a one of kind experience into this extraordinary preserve. Limit 15 participants. Price includes use of a kayak or feel free to bring your own boat.

This is an easy paddle that is suitable for beginners. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather. Bring water and lunch.

If you are an ASRI member you may get the membership price by registering as a WPWA member.

WPWA Member Price: $40.00/person      Non-Member Price: $55.00/person

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Great Swamp Paddle :: Saturday, June 6, 2015 :: 9 am to 3 pm

The most challenging section of the Pawcatuck River is its headwaters down the Chipuxet River, across Worden’s Pond, and through the Great Swamp. Expect a full day on this 10 -mile paddle. The big adventure includes winding through narrow passages, pulling your boats over beaver dams, and crossing RI's largest natural pond. Poison ivy is everywhere on this trip, so take precautions. Boats longer than 12 feet may have problems. Put-in at Taylor’s Landing and take-out at Biscuit City Landing, both in South Kingstown.

Bring water, lunch and sun protection. Raindate Sunday, June 7, 2015, same times.

WPWA Member Price: $10.00/adult        Non-Member Price: $20.00/adult      No Children

Kayaks: A limited number of single person 9 foot kayaks are available for this event at a price of $20 for WPWA members or $25 for non-members. Boats may be reserved when you register for the event.

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Learn to Fly Fish :: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 :: 6:30 to 9 pm

Learn the Zen art of casting a fly rod and placing your fly exactly where the trout will strike. This class, taught by volunteers from Trout Unlimited, is for the novice or experienced angler who wants to try another level of fishing. Fly rods will be provided or you can bring your own. Space is limited. Location: WPWA Campus, 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley, RI 02832.

WPWA Member Price: $20.00/person      Non-Member Price: $30.00/person

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Introduction to Kayak Course :: Saturday, June 27, 2015 :: 9 am to 3 pm

This popular 6 hour ACA Certified course for beginning kayakers will teach you what you need to know to paddle safely. The course will focus on safety, improving paddling skills, and practicing rescue techniques. Participants will come away from the course with the confidence to explore quiet waters in the watershed. Course limited to 6. Pre-registration required.
Fee includes kayaks, paddles, and life jackets. Wear appropriate clothes for the weather and water shoes. Expect to get into the water at some point. Bring sun protection, lunch and water.
Location: WPWA Campus, 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley, RI 02832

WPWA Member Price: $40.00/person      Non-Member Price: $50.00/person

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Almost Full Moon Paddle :: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 :: 7:30 to 9:30 pm

Let’s start off summer with a delightful evening paddle heading upstream on the Wood River from the WPWA campus, 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley, RI 02832. Put your boat in the water as the sun sets and paddle back as the (almost) full moon rises over the river. As we paddle we're likely to see ducks, tree swallows, and great blue herons, along with numerous flowering plants along the river's edge.

WPWA Member Price: $10.00/person      Non-Member Price: $20.00/person

Kayaks: A limited number of single person 9 foot kayaks are available for this event at a price of $20 for WPWA members or $25 for non-members. Boats may be reserved when you register for the event.

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Introduction to Kayak Paddling :: Saturday, August 1, 2015 :: 9 am to 3 pm

This popular 6 hour ACA Certified course for beginning kayakers will teach you what you need to know to paddle safely. The course will focus on safety, improving paddling skills, and practicing rescue techniques. Participants will come away from the course with the confidence to explore quiet waters in the watershed. Course limited to 6. Fee includes kayaks, paddles, and life jackets. Wear appropriate clothes for the weather and water shoes. Expect to get into the water at some point. Bring sun protection, lunch and water.
Location: WPWA Campus, 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley, RI
Pre-registration required.

WPWA Member Price: $40.00/person      Non-Member Price: $50.00/person

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Almost Full Moon Summer Paddle :: Saturday, August 29, 2015 :: 7 to 9 pm

We put in at the historic Kenyon Grist Mill in Usquepaugh and paddle up the Queen River. Along the way we will explore the Glen Rock Reservoir, looking at late blooming river plants. Begin your adventure as the sun sets & paddle back as the (almost) full moon rises over the river. This trip is suitable for all levels. Bring your own boat or rent a kayak from Queen's River Kayaks.

WPWA Member Price: $10.00/person      Non-Member Price: $20.00/person

Kayaks: A limited number of single person 9 foot kayaks are available for this event at a price of $20 for WPWA members or $25 for non-members. Boats may be reserved when you register for the event.

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Almost Super Full Moon Paddle :: Saturday, September 26, 2015 :: 6 to 8 pm

This is the only Super Full Moon for 2015. Join WPWA at Watchaug Pond in Charlestown. Begin your adventure as the sun sets & paddle back as the super full moon rises over the water.

This trip is suitable for all levels. Bring your own boat, no boat rentals available

WPWA Member Price: $10.00/person      Non-Member Price: $20.00/person

Kayaks: A limited number of single person 9 foot kayaks are available for this event at a price of $20 for WPWA members or $25 for non-members. Boats may be reserved when you register for the event.

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Pawcatuck River Fall Paddle :: Sunday, October 11, 2015 :: 9 am to 1 pm

The colors of fall make this Pawcatuck River experience even more beautiful. We'll put in at the WPWA owned Jay Cronan River Access on Rt. 91 in Richmond and paddle 7 miles to the Bradford River Access in Westerly. This is a wide open section of the river that requires a run over the broken dam at Burdickville. Bring your own boat. WPWA will provide shuttles.

WPWA Member Price: $10.00/person      Non-Member Price: $20.00/person

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


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