Pad­dle with sci­en­tists on Park­ers Creek

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - DANDAN ZOU

The Ch­e­sa­peake Bi­o­log­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory and the Amer­i­can Ch­est­nut Land Trust in­vite res­i­dents to join a guided pad­dle up Park­ers Creek in Calvert.

Each trip is three hours long and chal­leng­ing, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers. It will be­gin by launch­ing into the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay be­fore turn­ing up into the creek. Be­gin­ners are wel­come, but should be aware that this trip can be phys­i­cally stren­u­ous.

If the bay is choppy, “we have to carry the ca­noes or kayaks to the creek,” ac­cord­ing to the ACLT. It takes strength or ex­pe­ri­ence to make the steep turns along the lovely, but very windy wa­ter­way. ACLT ad­vises par­tic­i­pants to be sure they are phys­i­cally able to par­tic­i­pate safely.

It’s a great trip but not a “float,” ac­cord­ing to ACLT. For their safety, kids 5 and younger are not per­mit­ted. No pets are per­mit­ted, ei­ther. ACLT al­lows par­tic­i­pants the op­tion to use the group’s ca­noes (two-per­son) or bring a ca­noe or kayak. As a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, ACLT asks that guests help off­set the trip’s ex­penses with a $15 per-per­son pro­gram fee.

The two groups have part­nered for this Na­tional Es­tu­ar­ies Week pad­dle. On Sept. 21, sci­en­tists from the Univer­sity of Mary­land Cen­ter for En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence’s Ch­e­sa­peake Bi­o­log­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory will join par­tic­i­pants to take water qual­ity mea­sure­ment, dis­cuss the im­por­tance and ecol­ogy of es­tu­ar­ies, and ex­plain how they are mon­i­tor­ing sea level rise in Calvert County.

Four ca­noe trips are sched­uled in the com­ing weeks: Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m., Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. To make a reser­va­tion, visit http://bit.ly/Pad­dlePark­ers.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the ACLT of­fice at 410-414-3400 or at info@ acltweb.org.

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