West and Rhode Riverkeeper

We work with our community to enforce environmental law, to
promote restoration, and to advocate for better environmental policy.
Contact us: 443-758-7797  ♦  PO Box 172, Shady Side, MD 20764

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Explore Franklin Point State Park

Aerial view of parkContact:          Jeff Holland 

What:              Explore Franklin Point State Park

When:             Saturday, July 16

Time:              10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where:            Franklin Point State Park, Shady Side, MD (see bottom for directions)

Admission:     Free, reservations requested

Food and soft drinks available for purchase at a modest cost

Info: www.westrhoderiverkeeper.org   /  410-867-7171

Riverkeeper to open new interpretive trail at Franklin Point State Park

The West and Rhode Riverkeeper, working in partnership with the Maryland Park Service, will cut the ribbon on a new interpretive hiking trail at Franklin Point State Park in Shady Side at a special event on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free, but reservations are requested.

“Come and immerse yourself in the natural and cultural history of Southern Anne Arundel County as we unveil a new interpretive hiking trail at the recently opened Franklin Point State Park in Shady Side,” says Angela Trenkle, the Riverkeeper’s Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer who has researched and designed the interpretive elements of the trail.

“In addition to checking out the new trail,” Trenkle says, “you’ll have the opportunity to engage all five of your senses in the natural and cultural history of the area, including BBQ, fried fish and chicken and all the fixings from the Galesville Community Center, seining demonstrations by scientists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, bird walks with birding experts, and archaeological exhibits from the Lost Towns Project revealing the lives of people living near the site more than 3,000 years ago.”

Franklin Point State Park, a pristine 477-acre tract of salt marsh, fields and forests, was saved from development more than 20 years ago by a group of local citizens, but it was locked behind a gate until the West and Rhode Riverkeeper formed a partnership with the Park Service to provide the volunteers needed to help maintain and monitor the park.

The event is made possible with a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

To reserve admission, email Angela Trenkle or call 410-867-7171.

The event will take place at the day use area of Franklin Point State Park. From Annapolis, take Rt. 2 south, turn left on Rt. 214, turn right onto Muddy Creek Road and follow past the intersection of Deale/Churchton Road. Turn left onto Dent Road and follow to the end. Please drive slowly on Dent Road and watch for wildlife, children and dogs. 

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Tonight's SUP session cancelled due to impending weather

The stand-up paddleboarding session scheduled for this eveninng has been cancelled due to nasty weather heading this way. If you've made a reservation, Alex Thompson will contact you to reschedule. 

 

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Tonight's SUP session cancelled due to impending weather

The stand-up paddleboarding session scheduled for this eveninng has been cancelled due to nasty weather heading this way. If you've made a reservation, Alex Thompson will contact you to reschedule. 

 

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Tonight's kayaking cancelled

Tonight's kayaking program has been cancelled due to weather. 

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Preservation Paddle, June 21

paddling-2Contact:          Sarah Knebel / sarah@srlt.org / 410-980-6837

What:             Preservation Paddle

When:             Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Time:              6 – 8 p.m.
Where:           Discovery Village

4800 Atwell Rd, Shady Side, MD 20764

Admission:     Free, reservations required

RSVP:              Sarah Knebel via email at sarah@srlt.org 

The West & Rhode Riverkeeper and the Scenic Rivers Land Trust are teaming up for a fun kayak paddle to visit West & Rhode Riverkeeper restoration sites as well as permanently protected property.

“Come join us and learn about what it means to preserve and protect land, all while enjoying a beautiful kayak paddle,” says SRLT’s Easement Outreach Coordinator, Sarah Knebel. “It’s a great opportunity to meet SRLT staff and ask questions about preservation options for your own land.”

The event is free, but reservations are required. Please contact Sarah Knebel via email at sarah@srlt.org. There are a limited number of kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets available to borrow, or you can bring your own. 

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Preservation Paddle, June 21

paddling-2Contact:          Sarah Knebel / sarah@srlt.org / 410-980-6837

What:             Preservation Paddle

When:             Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Time:              6 – 8 p.m.
Where:           Discovery Village

4800 Atwell Rd, Shady Side, MD 20764

Admission:     Free, reservations required

RSVP:              Sarah Knebel via email at sarah@srlt.org 

The West & Rhode Riverkeeper and the Scenic Rivers Land Trust are teaming up for a fun kayak paddle to visit West & Rhode Riverkeeper restoration sites as well as permanently protected property.

“Come join us and learn about what it means to preserve and protect land, all while enjoying a beautiful kayak paddle,” says SRLT’s Easement Outreach Coordinator, Sarah Knebel. “It’s a great opportunity to meet SRLT staff and ask questions about preservation options for your own land.”

The event is free, but reservations are required. Please contact Sarah Knebel via email at sarah@srlt.org. There are a limited number of kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets available to borrow, or you can bring your own. 

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Jack Creek Park public meeting June 23, 2016

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The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) will present information regarding the upcoming Jack Creek Park Capital Project at a public meeting on June 23, 2016. This project will not only improve recreational wter access, it will also improve waterway dredging operations and help keep our local waterways navigable by increasing the capacity at the County’s Idlewilde Dredge Material Placement Side (DMP). The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Shady Side Community Center, 1431 Snug Harbor Road, Shady Side, MD 20764.

jack creek park community mtg notice may 2016

 

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FREE Kayak & Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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Thursday night "Picnic & Pick-Up Paddle for the Rivers"

Bring your own boat or use one of ours, June 16, June 30, July 21, August 4 and August 18

Bring a picnic, your own kayak or paddle-able boat, or use one of our tandem or solo kayaks for a sociable evening paddle on the West River. It's free, but you need to make a reservation in advance. A suggested $10 donation would go a long way toward the Riverkeeper's efforts to keep these rivers swimmable, fishable, crabable and kayakable, but even if you don't want to dip into your wallet, we'd still like you to dip a paddle in the river.

The West & Rhode Riverkeeper, in partnership with Discovery Village, will offer free kayaking on Thursday, June 16, June 30, July 21, August 4 and August 18. We will begin at 6 p.m. and wrap it up 30 minutes before sunset. Picnicing is welcome, as long as we vacate the campus by sunset.

Kayaks, paddles, and life vests will be provided. Both single and tandem kayaks are available. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. To reserve your spot, email Jeff at jeff@westrhoderiverkeeper.org or call 410-867-7171.

In the event of inclement weather, kayaking will be canceled and that news will be posted on our website.

FREE kayak lessons, June 9, July 14 & August 11

paddling-raisedJoin us on June 9, July 14 and August 11 for a 2-1/2 hour instructional tour starting at 6 p.m. Explore Parrish Creek while you improve your kayak skills and pick up basic safety information. American Canoe Association instructor, Anicca Jansen, Kayak Instruction & Tours will teach you basic strokes that will help you maneuver your kayak forward, backwards, and sideways and make you a more confident and safe paddler. Children 6 to 10 years old are welcome but must be in a tandem kayak with an adult.  The West & Rhode Riverkeeper will provide kayaks, life vests, and paddles to interested individuals, or you are welcome to bring your own.  Instructional tours are limited to 8 individuals per tour, please email Jeff at jeff@westrhoderiverkeeper.org or call 410-867-7171 to reserve your spot.  Instructional tours are offered for a suggested donation of $10, proceed go to continuing West/Rhode Riverkeeper programs.

  

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FREE stand-up paddleboarding lessons, June 23, July 28 August 25

Enjoy a free beginner's stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) session at Discovery Village in Shady Side from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, July 28 August 25.

The free SUP sessions have a value of $35. A suggested donation of $10 will help the Riverkeeper keep the rivers swimmable, fishable, crabable and paddle-able. Space is limited to 8 paddlers each session. Reserve your board now -- call 410-867-7171 or email Jeff at jeff@westrhoderiverkeeper.orgClick here for more details. 

Discovery Village is located at 4800 Atwell Road, Shady Side, MD 20764. Click here for directions.

In the event of inclement weather, these events will be canceled. Check our home page for updates. 

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ChesaTreks kayak tour of Mallows Bay

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Mallows Bay National Marine Sanctuary by Kayak

Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Mallows Bay, site of the largest concentration of shipwrecks in the western hemisphere, has been nominated to become the only National Marine Sanctuary on the East Coast. Tour the “Ghost Fleet” of abandoned wrecks by kayak with an expert on the natural and cultural history of this astonishing treasure on the Potomac River, followed by a catered riverside picnic. Kayak and all safety gear provided. Bring binoculars and camera, wildlife abounds!

The cost is $100 per person, including riverside picnic lunch. Reservations are required. Call 410-867-7171 or click here.

“ChesaTreks” adventures are a fun way to explore the Chesapeake Bay with the West & Rhode Riverkeeper. We’ll host new adventures every month, each one calculated to highlight an environmental or historical treasure. We’ll bring along an expert to enlighten a small group, take a tour by boat or kayak, and then savor the experience with conversation over some local food and drink.

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ChesaTreks tour to Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

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ChesaTreks Tour of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

Saturday, June 4, 2016

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

You’ve sailed by many times, but this is your rare chance to climb on board this icon of the Chesapeake Bay, a National Historic Landmark. Meet at the Annapolis Maritime Museum for background and history, then head out by boat to the 1875 screw-pile lighthouse, the last of its kind in its original location, followed by a crab-cake, fish or chicken sandwich lunch on the deck overlooking Back Creek.

The cost is $100 per person, including lunch. Proceeds help the Riverkeeper keep the West & Rhode Rivers fishable, swimmable, kayak-able and crab-able. Reservations are required. Call 410-867-7171 or click here.

“ChesaTreks” adventures are a fun way to explore the Chesapeake Bay with the West & Rhode Riverkeeper. We’ll host new adventures every month, each one calculated to highlight an environmental or historical treasure. We’ll bring along an expert to enlighten a small group, take a tour by boat or kayak, and then savor the experience with conversation over some local food and drink.

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