Events Calendar:

Earth Day Cleanup :: April 26, 2014 :: 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 26-27.

Chose a site and then PLEASE EMAIL heather@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 #1). 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 NARR TU
2. The Pines and Deep Hole, Blitzkreig Trail, Exeter NARR TU
3. Browning Mill Pond, Arcadia Road, Exeter SAMANTHA MIGDAIL-SMITH
4. Frosty Hollow Pond, Frosty Hollow Road, Exeter NARR TU
5. Queenís River at Mail Road, Exeter RICHARDSON
6. Wyoming Pond, Bank Street, Richmond
7. Hope Valley Fishing Access, Mechanic Street, Hopkinton GRANT
8. Alton Pond, Woodville-Alton Rd, Hopkinton
9. Woodville Road access, Hopkinton
10. Barberville Dam, Arcadia Road, Hopkinton
11. Beaver River Fishing Access, Rt. 138, Richmond SUMNER
12. Beaver River at Shannock Hill Rd., Richmond SUMNER
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. Taylorís 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 heather@wpwa.org to let us know.***

For More Information Contact: Heather Hamilton: heather@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


WINTER & SPRING BIRDING SERIES #6 :: May 3, 2014 :: 8 am to 11 am

GREAT SWAMP MGMT AREA, SOUTH KINGSTOWN
Participants will enjoy learning about the basics of birding with local expert, Roger Masse. The series of walks will take us around the southern part of RI, through management areas and nature preserves, from coastal ponds and shores to inland woods and rivers in search of some of the many bird species who make their winter homes here. Most walks are on easy trails, but be prepared for cold weather. Bring binoculars. Field guides are helpful. Pre-registration is required. You will receive the meeting location when you register.

WPWA Member Price: $5.00/person      Non-Member Price: $10.00/person

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


Project Wet Workshop :: May 3, 2014 :: 9 am to 3:30 pm

Get your feet wet at this Project Wet Workshop, to be held on the banks of the Wood River at the WPWA Campus. Learn how to conduct river exploration field trips as we search for aquatic creatures. Create better lessons about water with this 6-hour workshop based on the Project Wet (Water Education for Teachers) and WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands environmental education curriculum guides.

These nationally recognized guides are packed with over 100 activities that educators can use in their classrooms to help students learn about water and its impact on our lives. Teachers will receive both activity guides free through the RIDEM Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Education Resource Program.

Teachers, pre-service teachers, and non-formal educators from all grade levels are encouraged to take the workshop. Correlations to the Next Generation of Science Standards will be provided. Professional development credits are available.


Price: $15.00/person

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


Map and Compass Workshop #1 :: May 8, 2014 :: 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. 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. Contact Denise with any questions.

Price: $20.00/person

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


Map and Compass Workshop #2 :: May 10, 2014 :: 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 8. 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


Learn To Fish :: May 17, 2014 :: 9 am to 12 pm

Give a kid a fish and they might eat it if it comes from a can. Teach a kid to fish and they learn a life time of adventure and fun. Young anglers from 4 to 14 can learn to fish at the Carolina Trout Pond in the Carolina Management Area. Fishing enthusiasts from the Narragansett Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be on hand to teach the fine art of baiting a hook, casting, and taking your catch off the hook. Bait and tackle will be supplied by WPWA and RIDEM Aquatic Ed Program.
Special family rates for 3 or more children are $25 for members, $35 for non-members.

WPWA Member Price: Initial child (14 and under): $10.00    Each Additional Child: $10.00     Adults free

Non-Member Price: Initial child (14 and under): $15.00     Each Additional Child: $10.00     Adults free

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


Introduction to Kayak Course :: May 31, 2014 :: 9 am to 3 pm

This 6 hour ACA Certified course for beginning kayakers focuses on safety on the water, 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 is limited to 6. Fee includes kayaks, paddles, and life jackets.

Wear appropriate clothes for the weather and water shoes. Expect to get in the water at some point. Bring sun protection, lunch and water. We will be offering this popular class 3 times this summer, so that everyone has a chance to take it.

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

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


Fish Passage Project on the Pawcatuck Paddle :: June 7, 2014 :: 9 am to 2 pm

After 6 years WPWA has finally completed the Fish Passage Project on the Pawcatuck in Shannock. On this 8.5 mile paddle we will get a close up look at the new rock ramp at Kenyon Industries; the fish ladder and eelway at Horseshoe Falls; and the new white water section at lower Shannock. Details of the project will be provided at each site.

Put in at Biscuit City Landing in South Kingstown and take-out at the Jay Cronan River Access in Richmond. You should have some experience on rivers for this paddle. Bring your own boat or use one of WPWA's 9-foot kayaks for an extra fee. WPWA will take care of the shuttling.

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 $10 for WPWA members or $20 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 Kayaking Course :: June 28, 2014 :: 9 am to 3 pm

This 6 hour ACA Certified course for beginning kayakers will focus on safety on the water, 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 is limited to 6. Fee includes kayaks, paddles, and life jackets. Wear appropriate clothes for the weather and water shoes. Expect to get in the water at some point. Bring sun protection, lunch and water.

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

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


Super Full Moon Paddle :: July 12, 2014 :: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Itís called SUPER because this is about as close as the moon ever gets to the earth. Join WPWA on this delightful summer evening paddle heading upstream on the Wood River from the WPWA campus. Put your boat in the water as the sun sets and paddle back as the full moon rises over the river. Paddlers must wear appropriate life jackets - no self inflatables. Bring water and headlamps. Bring your own boat or use one of WPWA's single person 9-foot kayaks, available for an extra fee.

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 $10 for WPWA members or $20 for non-members. Boats may be reserved when you register for the event.

For More Information Contact: The WPWA Office: info@wpwa.org, (401) 539-9017


Introduction to Kayak Course :: August 2, 2014 :: 9 am to 3 pm

Last chance this summer to take this popular 6 hour ACA Certified course for beginning kayakers. The course will focus on safety on the water, 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.
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 Paddle :: August 9, 2014 :: 7 to 9 pm

The day before a full moon the moon rises earlier so that we will be able to enjoy it a little longer on this beautiful evening paddle. We put in at the historic Kenyon Grist Mill in Usquepaugh and paddle up the Queen River. Put your boat in the water as the sun sets and paddle back as the super full moon rises over the river.

Paddlers must wear appropriate life jackets - no self inflatables. Bring water and headlamps. Bring your own boat or rent one from Queen's River Kayaks for an extra fee.

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 $10 for WPWA members or $20 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


Bioluminescent Paddle :: August 22, 2014 :: 7:30 to 9:30 pm

During summer months, as the water temperatures rise, ctenophores, or comb jellyfish, make their way into estuaries and salt ponds in southern RI. One of the most remarkable characteristics of these small creatures is their ability to glow when agitated. To experience this natural light show after dark, WPWA and the Salt Ponds Coalition are providing a fascinating paddle on a salt pond in Charlestown, RI. Paddlers will be amazed by the radiance emitted by the comb jellies in the water with every stroke of their paddle. Information about the critters and their habitats will be discussed.

Since this paddle takes place after dark, be sure to bring headlamps or flashlights. A limited number of single-person 9 foot kayaks are available for an extra donation. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

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 $10 for WPWA members or $20 for non-members. Boats may be reserved when you register for the event.

For More Information Contact: Heather Hamilton: heather@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017


Almost Full Moon Sept Paddle :: September 7, 2014 :: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

The day before a full moon the moon rises earlier so that we will be able to enjoy it a little longer on this beautiful evening paddle. Join WPWA on this delightful latesummer evening paddle heading upstream on the Wood River from the WPWA campus. Begin your adventure as the sun sets & paddle back as the almost full moon rises over the river.

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 $10 for WPWA members or $20 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


Eppley Wildlife Refuge Paddle and Hike :: October 11, 2014 :: 9 am to 1 pm

Celebrate fall with this unique trip into the Audubon Society of RIís 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 Queenís 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. Co-sponsored by ASRI, this is a one of kind experience into this extraordinary preserve. Limit 15 participants. Bring your own boat or rent a kayak from Queen's River Kayaks for an extra $10.

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

Kayaks: A limited number of single person 9 foot kayaks are available for this event at a price of $10 for WPWA members or $20 for non-members. Boats may be reserved when you register for the event.

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@wpwa.org, 401-539-017


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