The Ausable River Association (AsRA) is offering free guided community paddling, hiking, and interpretive experience programs in the Ausable watershed this summer.
Paddling trips will utilize the Ausable Paddling Nature Trail on Lake Everest, established by AsRA in 2010. The trail includes seven stops along the way, with each stop discussing some aspect of the natural history of Lake Everest. The booklet includes hand-drawn illustrations of birds, plants, and other wildlife commonly found on Lake Everest. AsRA staff will accompany paddlers, providing information on the various stops in greater detail, and, one of the guided paddling trips will include a tour of the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge with a wolf and bear expert.
Other guided trips include an Adirondack Riverwalking experience, Leave no Trace tips and tricks workshop, bat and moth research night, and three themed hiking trips.
The Adirondack Riverwalking experience will be led by Helene Gibbens, a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, who will guide participants in heightening their senses to the sights, sounds, smells and textures of the river.
Larry Master, an accomplished photographer and birder, will lead the moth and bat research night and a separate birding hike at Ausable Marsh.
Another hiking tour will be led by Ed Kanze, expert naturalist and Adirondack author with more than thirty years’ experience leading walks in wild places.
The remainder of the tours will be led by AsRA staff, who will provide a first-hand look into the work we do around the watershed, including environmental DNA, water quality testing, and ways to enjoy the outdoors while leaving the least amount of impact.
AsRA’s free, guided programs will take on weekends beginning on August 8th and ending on October 10th. The Town of Wilmington is offering free canoe and kayak rentals to participants.
Program dates, trip sign-ups, COVID-19 safety protocols, and other information is available on the Ausable River Association website.
Photo of Ausable River Paddling Tours courtesy Ausable River Association.