Program Calendar:


AVAILABLE ALL SUMMER: WPWA can 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


AVAILABLE ALL SUMMER: 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: Chris Fox:, 401-539-9017

Map and Compass Workshop :: Thursday, May 10, 2018 :: 6 pm to 9 pm

This workshop includes two dates: Thursday, May 10 from 6 to 9 pm and Saturday, May 12, from 9 am to 3 pm.

Do you like to get out and explore in the woods, but worry about your skills to find your way back? Join WPWA and the Narragansett Chapter of the AMC for a two-part course (Thursday evening for 3 hours and Saturday day for 6 hours) that will teach you how to read and understand maps and use a compass correctly. At the end of this course participants should feel more comfortable with their abilities to plan routes, determine their locations, and come out safely. Safe hiking tips will be included.

This first part is a three hour indoor class held at the WPWA Campus. Topics include reading map symbols and contour lines, matching the terrain to the map, taking and using bearings, orienting map and compass, declination, determining your location and planning your route.

Saturday's section will be conducted at Arcadia Management Area in Exeter. It's turkey hunting season, so be sure to wear orange. The morning session will allow participants to practice their new skills and learn other details about taking and using compass bearings. After lunch they will plan and then execute a bushwhack route through the woods.

Instructors include experienced Northern Hikes Leaders from AMC. Participants should bring a declination compass and plan to attend both dates. Maps of several local areas will be available for purchase.

Registration for this date includes registration for Sat. Contact Denise with any questions. Limit 20 participants. DEADLINE May 8.

Price: $25.00/person

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

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