Eco-Educational Outings

Explore the Apalachicola River region with us. Our staff and volunteer-led eco-educational outings are fun and memorable.  We hike in the spring and fall and kayak year round. Group size is limited and registration is required. Trips are donation based and your donation supports core education programs. Schedule subject to change based on river and weather conditions.

Upcoming Eco-Educational Outings

 

Sunday, May 19th – West Arm of the Dead Lakes Paddle

Join us as we paddle the West Arm of the Dead Lakes in Wewahitchka! The Dead Lakes formed when a sandbar partially blocked the flow of the Chipola River which led to an inundation of the floodplain and killed many large cypress trees – giving this scenic lake its name. Together, we’ll paddle 5-6 miles in between huge cypress stumps and the twisted and gnarled cypress that remain. The paddle will be beginner friendly with no current on flatwater. We encourage you to stick around after and visit the annual Tupelo Honey Festival at Lake Alice Park! Want to read a little about the Dead Lakes before joining us? Check out this blog by Rivertrek alumni and former outreach director, Doug Alderson.

Register to paddle with us here.

Saturday, June 22nd – Sunset on Scipio Creek

Watch the sun begin to set and golden hour settle over the marsh on Scipio Creek from your kayak! Join us as we paddle a leisurely 1.5-2 hours along the Apalachicola River Delta, beginning at 6p. Flashlight or headlamp required. Read about one of our previous evenings on Scipio Creek here.

Sound like the perfect way to spend your evening? Register here. Georgia Ackerman will be leading this trip – reach out to her with any pre-paddle questions ([email protected])

 

We have a limited number of loaner kayaks for our paddling trips – if you need a boat, reach out to Dani ([email protected]) as soon as you register so we can reserve one for you!

 

Our skilled volunteer and staff eco-outings leaders enjoy keeping people safe and having fun. Wearing life jackets is required for paddling trips and Florida law requires each kayaker to have a whistle within reach. A limited number of loaner kayaks are available for paddling trips. Paddlers and hikers need to bring: water; snacks/lunch; sunscreen; and hat. Paddlers, please wear clothing that won’t weigh you down if it gets wet. Synthetics like nylon blends are best. No jeans or boots.

 Registration closes Thursdays prior to trip. Outings are limited and registration is required. Meet-up details are emailed to registrants the week of the trip.

Check out the Apalachicola Basin Trail Guide for a full scope of non-motorized trails in the region.

 

Thank you Explore Northwest Florida for supporting our Eco-Educational Outings Program!

 

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