Program Calendar:

POP UP PADDLE :: Saturday, July 2, 2016 :: 5 pm to 7 pm

Join us this Saturday for our second Spur of the Moment Paddle, now called Pop Up Paddle, for a leisurely trip up the Wood River. Meet WPWA at the Arcadia Campus, 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley, RI at 5 pm. We will be on the lookout for painted turtles, swooping tree swallows, blooming mountain laurel, and a beaver dam in progress. This paddle is suitable for beginners and will last about one hour.

WPWA will provide the boats, paddles, life jackets, and volunteer guide. Bring a headlamp and clothing appropriate for the weather. Children 10 and older can have their own kayak. Younger children can be accommodated in a tandem or canoe with a parent. For this second of the season paddle ALL WPWA MEMBERS ARE FREE. The fee for non-members is $20 per person, includes the boat use as well. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

WPWA Member Price: Free       Non-Member Price: $20.00/adult (children 14 and under free)

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer:, 401-539-9017

PRIVATE KAYAK LESSONS :: Sunday, July 3, 2016

New this year WPWA will provide 3 hour Private Kayak Lessons for groups up to 5 people to be held at the WPWA Campus. Taught by an ACA certified instructor, the course will include basics such as safety concerns, selecting equipment, paddle strokes and rescue techniques. Topics can be adjusted according to participants needs.

The fee is $150 for up to 5 people for WPWA members and $200 for up to 5 people for non-members (group organizer will receive a complimentary WPWA membership). Fee includes boats and all other equipment.

Dates and times can be arranged according to mutual availability.

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer:, 401-539-9017


Do your friends and family want to do a group paddle on one of the beautiful rivers in the watershed? WPWA can help you by providing boats, equipment, and an expert guide. Groups of up to 15 people can paddle the Wood River from the WPWA campus for $300. If you want to go offsite to the lower Wood or Pawcatuck River the fee will be $600.

* The group organizer must be a WPWA member.
* No first time paddlers - running rivers requires some skill because you need to be able to turn and stop at any obstructions.
* No one under 10 years old in a boat by themselves.
* Everyone MUST wear a life jacket properly.
* Dates are limited - we may not be able to accommodate all groups.

Dates and times can be made according to mutual availability. We have a variety of single person kayaks, tandem kayaks, and canoes for use and we provide life jackets, paddles, and safety gear. Expect the trips to last about 3 to 4 hours. If you are going offsite some shuttling of people and cars will be required, which WPWA will not provide.

For More Information Contact: Denise Poyer:, 401-539-9017

Learn to Fly Fish :: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 :: 6 to 9 pm

Learn the Zen art of casting a fly rod and placing your fly exactly where the trout will strike. This class, taught by volunteers from Trout Unlimited, is for the novice or experienced angler who wants to try another level of fishing. Fly rods will be provided or you can bring your own. Space is limited to five participants. Location: WPWA Campus, 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley, RI 02832.

WPWA Member Price: $20.00/person      Non-Member Price: $30.00/person

For More Information Contact: Elise Torello:, 401-539-9017


Due to concern about weather and actual sightings of the amazing bioluminescent jellyfish, this year we are going to be more opportunistic. Sometime during August we will start looking for the glowing critters in Ninigret Pond. Once we are sure they will appear we will select good weather windows to run some paddles. Also new this year we are launching from a private residence, so to cut down on wear and tear WPWA will provide ALL the boats.

HOW IT WORKS: - Get on the WPWA Programs Email List. If you are a WPWA member you will automatically be on the list. Please check with Elise ( to make sure we have your current email. If you are not (yet) a WPWA member please email Elise to get on the list.

Then, 2 or 3 days before the program we will send out an email blast and enable registration on the WPWA website. Information about where and when will be included. Registration through the website is required because space will be limited. There may be multiple dates.

Prices will be $40 for WPWA members; $65 for non-members -includes WPWA membership!

No FIRST TIME paddlers - this is a night paddle and we need folks to be responsible for themselves.
No children under 10 years old.
All participants are required to wear life jackets (WPWA will provide if you don't have one) and appropriate foot wear.

For More Information Contact: Elise Torello:, 401-539-9017

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