Events Calendar:

Introduction to Geocaching :: Sunday, November 16, 2014 :: 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.
$10 per person or $15 per family for WPWA members; $15 per person per person or $25 per family for non-members.

WPWA Member Price: $10.00/adult    Initial child (14 and under): $5.00    Additional children are free

Non-Member Price: $15.00/adult    Initial child (14 and under): $10.00    Additional children are free

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer: denisep@gmail.com, 401-539-9017


Walk off the Turkey Walk :: Sunday, November 30, 2014 :: 10 am to 1 pm

Let’s get rid of a little of that pumpkin pie we ate with a rugged, 5 ˝ mile walk in North Stonington, CT on the Bullet and High Ledges Trail. Walk #8 in the "Walks in the Watershed" WPWA's Hiking Guide by Charlie Hickox and Elly Hyder. This is an interesting, seldom hiked loop that is marked by rugged ledges and long, aerobic climbs. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring water and a snack. Even though there is no hunting on Sundays in CT, it is always a good idea to wear orange when in the woods.
Meeting location will be emailed once you register.

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

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


Introduction to Geocaching :: Sunday, December 28, 2014 :: 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.

This program is a repeat of the one on 11/16/2014.
$10 per person or $15 per family for WPWA members; $15 per person per person or $25 per family for non-members.

WPWA Member Price: $10.00/adult    Initial child (14 and under): $5.00    Additional children are free

Non-Member Price: $15.00/adult    Initial child (14 and under): $10.00    Additional children are free

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


Winter Wildlife Activities :: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 :: 10 am to 12 pm

Are your little ones getting a little too wild on their school break? Join the WPWA staff on an exploration of wildlife in the winter time. We'll look at animal adaptions to the cold using skulls and skins, learn how to read tracks, and create some of our own fantasy animals. This program will be held at the Education Center on the WPWA Campus, 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley, RI. If appropriate, we'll do some activities outside, so be sure to dress for the weather. Appropriate for kids age 5 to 10, but all are welcome.

This program is free, but pre-registration is required. Donations are appreciated.

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


Winter Walk in the Great Swamp :: Sunday, January 11, 2015 :: 1 to 4 pm

This is Walk #8 in the "Walks in the Watershed" WPWA's Hiking Guide by Charlie Hickox and Elly Hyder. Winter is a great time to explore the Great Swamp Management Area in South Kingstown, RI. We can get to spots like the Pawcatuck River and Worden’s Pond on this easy, 5 mile walk. If we are lucky enough to have on the ground we will turn this into a snowshoeing walk and look for animal tracks. For those who don't have snowshoes they will be available to rent for an extra $5. Dress for the weather, wear an orange vest or hat, and bring water and a snack. It's also a good idea to bring a headlamp, in case we are out after sunset. Meeting location will be emailed once you register.

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

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


Build Your Own Fly Rod :: Saturday, January 24, 2015 :: 9 am to 12 pm

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 7.5/5wt. graphite rod. Space is limited to 4 people. If you register for this class you will be automatically registered for the following Saturday class on January 31, 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


Fly-Tying Classes :: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 :: 6:30 to 9 pm

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

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 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, February 10, 2015 :: 6:30 to 9 pm

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

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 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, February 17, 2015 :: 6:30 to 9 pm

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

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 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, February 24, 2015 :: 6:30 to 9 pm

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

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 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, February 28, 2015 :: 10 am to 12 pm

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. Meeting location will be emailed once you register.

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

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 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
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
11. Beaver River Fishing Access, Rt. 138, Richmond
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 heather@wpwa.org to let us know.***

For More Information Contact: Heather Hamilton: heather@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. 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 :: 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


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