Posted on May 21st, 2013 by Rebecca Thompson
Looking for something different to do this summer? With all of the lakes, ponds and rivers that make up so much of Polk County, it seems only “natural” to plan something on the water. We have a great opportunity where you can not only learn about the watershed of Central Florida, but can kayak it at the same time! Join the University of Florida IFAS Polk County Extension and the City of Winter Haven’s Natural Resources Division on a recreational kayak tour where you can learn about the Peace Creek Watershed firsthand as you travel through it by kayak on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
The University of Florida IFAS Polk County Extension and the City of Winter Haven’s Natural Resources Division are offering monthly Watershed Ecology Kayak Tours. The location will vary per tour, and each tour will have a location-specific topic. Most tours take place from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Each tour will include an introduction to kayaking safety, paddling technique instruction, introduction to the topic, interpretive tour of the topic at hand and free-paddle time prior to packing up.
What to Bring:
- Hat and/or sunglasses
- Wear sunscreen
- Shoes/Clothes you don’t mind getting wet
- Sealable plastic bags for any electronics
– bring at your own risk, there will not have waterproof storage available
- A bag lunch and snacks if needed
- Extra water
Upcoming tours by date, location and topic:
|June 15||Peace River||Karst geology and the Floridan Aquifer*|
|July 13||Lake Mariam||Wetland interactions with freshwater|
|August 17||Peace River||Peace Creek Watershed and the Charlotte Harbor*|
|September (TBD)||Lake Elbert||Aquatic/Lakefront vegetation and water quality|
|October (TBD)||Lake Mariam||Wetland interactions with freshwater|
One of the best parts about this guided journey is that it is free. Be sure to register as soon as possible, because this tour is limited to just 13 people per session due to a limited number of kayaks. You are welcome to bring your personal kayak or canoe, if you have one, and join the group. To register, please visit: watershedkayaktours.eventbrite.com.
Register now, and enjoy your free day on the water learning about common lakefront issues, wildlife habitat, aquatic plant identification and much more!