Paddle with scientists on Parkers Creek
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.