Program Calendar:

Map and Compass Workshop :: Thursday, May 11, 2017 :: 6 pm to 9 pm

This Event is Full!


This workshop includes two dates: Thursday, May 11 from 6 to 9 pm and Saturday, May 13, from 9 am to 3 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 declination 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. Limit 20 participants. DEADLINE May 9.

Price: $25.00/person

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer:, 401-539-9017

Dragonflies and Damselfies, A Wild and Scenic Rivers Presentation :: Monday, July 10, 2017 :: 10 am to 12:30 pm

What do dragonflies tell us about water quality? And why are there so many of them on the Wood River? Discover the amazing beauty and abilities of dragonflies, and their close cousins - damselflies, during this presentation by Odonata expert, Ginger Brown. Using slides and specimens Ginger will discuss the life history and interesting facts about the dragonflies and damselflies who inhabit the rivers in the Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Rivers Study.

After the hour long presentation we will take kayaks onto the Wood River to see the flying wonders in action. This will be a very easy paddle and we will not need to go far to find many of the winged creatures. Expect to spend about an hour or so on the water.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is very limited, so pre-registration is required. Donations to WPWA are appreciated. You can bring your own boat for the paddle or use one of WPWA's for a fee. WPWA Dragonfly members are $10 per boat. Non-members are $20 per boat.

Price: Free

Kayaks: A limited number of single person 9 foot kayaks are available for this event at a price of $10.00 for WPWA Dragonfly and Trout members or $20.00 for non-members. Boat rentals are always free for WPWA Otter, Osprey and Eagle members. Boats may be reserved when you register for the event.

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer:, 401-539-9017

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