Discovery Paddles

The Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance regularly hosts discovery paddles where both adults and children can discover the wonders in our waters. Topics discussed on the discovery paddle vary based on what is observed, however they often include discussion of invasive species, aquatic plants and insects, wildlife, and storm water runoff.

Salmon Falls photoIn the summer of 2013 AWWA offered three paddling trips up and down the uppermost navigable reach of the Salmon Falls River.

With Linda Schier and guest guides on this ~4 mile paddle participants saw pristine vistas, wildlife habitats, and a wide variety of aquatic plants; learned how water health is tested, met some microscopic river critters, played Watershed Bingo, and heard about the efforts of local groups to protect this special river watershed and how you can make a difference

See below for examples of AWWA paddles:

  • See the signs of spring and learn how we test the health of the water.  AWWA’s Jeanne Achille will share her birding knowledge as we meet our feathered friends along the journey. Not to be missed for nature lovers or those looking for a new experience!
  • This is a terrific opportunity to learn about the plants that live in the river and how to spot problem invaders.  Laurie Callahan and Melissa Brandt of the York County Invasive Aquatic Species Project (YCIASP) will lead a morning workshop and an afternoon paddle session. During the morning workshop, from 9-12, attendees will learn about invasive aquatic species of concern in southern Maine and New Hampshire and basic identification techniques – with a PowerPoint presentation and some live plant samples. Then, during the afternoon paddle, the group will head out onto the river from 1-3 to see what’s there and to use their “new-found” knowledge – checking plants that we see to determine if they are native species or ones we need to suspect as possible invaders.  YCIASP is grant funded project sponsored by York County Soil & Water Conservation District. Lunch will be provided.
  • See the changes the late summer brings to the river, teeming with a full season’s growth and sharing new secrets. Laurie and Melissa of York County Invasive Aquatic Species Project (YCIASP) will return to lead the investigation of the plant growth in the river.