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Bike Camp :: June 27, 2016

Location: Riverside Park

Bike camp is held at the Red Shed Bike Shop in Riverside Park, 50 Aleppo Street, Providence, RI for youth ages 8-14 years old. It runs from 9am- 3pm, Monday- Friday. Lunch is provided. Every day includes lessons in bike mechanics and a great group ride! The week-long camps start on June 27th and run to mid-August. Sign up for one week or multiple weeks! And sign up now: there are only twelve places available each week.

http://wrwc.org/gwybikecamp.php


Capron Grist Mill, Stillwater Pond Paddle :: July 6, 2016 :: 5:30pm

Location: Stillwater Reservoir

Come explore two mills in one on a paddle up Stillwater Pond! Georges Bockstael, of the Breakwater Preservation Conservancy, will explain the decision of two mills combining into one and the resulting evolution of water wheel power generation. We will paddle about 1.5 miles roundtrip on Stillwater Pond, with steep banks on either side of the beautiful, deep centered river.

For most of our trips, if you are using one of our boats the price is $35/boat. If you are bringing your own boat the price is $15/person. On all trips, if you are bringing your own boat please remember to bring a life jacket for everyone who will be in your boat.
Contact Erik at the Watershed Council at etalley@wrwc.org or (401) 481-1376 to register and for more details. Advance sign-up is required.


Lower River Paddle and Native American History tour :: July 15, 2016 :: 6pm

Location: Waterplace Park

The Great Salt Cove is a perfect place to understand the seasonal variations of land and water and sky. The practical traditions of Indian topymns, place names, repeated throughout the region conveyed layers of natural knowledge. We'll discuss several specific, local native place names as well as some of the early cultural interactions in the immediate vicinity.

Join us for a Friday evening on the lower Woonasquatucket River with our friend and local history enthusiast, Helen Tjader. Helen has volunteered with local land trusts and watershed organizations to protect open spaces in Rhode Island. Those efforts led her into historic research and stewardship work, and statewide, to Land Trust Days. Being outdoors, is the only way to appreciate our special places and to 'discover our true nature'. When we found out that WBRU is holding their Concert Series in Waterplace Park (AKA the Great Salt Cove)on the same evening, Helen thought it might be nice to title this paddle "Rhythms in the Landscape; Rhythms in the Air"!

Helen currently is working to generate interest in establishing a Sowams National Heritage Area in advance of the 400th anniversary of the peace treaty between the Pokanokets and the Pilgrims in March 1621.

We'll put in at the launch area on South Water Street, and travel through Waterplace Park and under the Mall will take you on a magnificent journey, from the bustle of an urban center to an oasis of wildlife – you’ll see a beautiful Providence you may not have known existed. See red-tailed hawks, great blue herons and maybe a painted turtle! The complete trip is about 4 miles.

I you are using one of our boats the price is $35/boat (kayak or canoe). If you are bringing your own boat the price is $15/person. If you are bringing your own boat please remember to bring a life jacket for everyone who will be in your boat.

Contact Erik at the Watershed Council at etalley@wrwc.org or (401) 481-1376 to register and for more details. Advance sign-up is required.


Georgiaville Pond Paddle and Smith Appleby House tour :: July 20, 2016 :: 5:30pm

Location: Georgiaville Pond

Join us for a paddle on scenic and peaceful Georgiaville Pond in Smithfield. Built in the 17th century, the Smith-Appleby House is a nationally recognized historical site that paints a picture of the rich history of early New England. Michael Korba, a researcher and retired grade school teacher, will lead a discussion of the house and property prior to the paddle. After the tour, we'll get on the water and do about a 2 mile paddle around the pond, taking us past pretty, pine tree covered islands and the Smithfield town beach. When we return, our Board President and long-time Revolutionary War enthusiast, Roy Najecki, will greet us with a musket demonstration!

Cost:
$35 to use one of the WRWC's boat
$15 to join us with your own boat

Contact trip leader Erik Talley by email at etalley@wrwc.org or by phone at (401)481-1376 to register.


Greystone Mill Pond Paddle :: August 4, 2016 :: 6pm

Greystone Mill Pond is on the border of Johnston, North Providence and Smithfield. This section of the Woony is smooth and quiet, which makes for easy paddling. The pond is narrow and winding with many wetlands. We begin at Cricket Field in Johnston and paddle up the pond for about 5/8 mile and return. We often see ducks, herons and other birds on this paddle!

The cost is $35/boat and includes your choice of a canoe or kayak. If using your own boat, the price is $15/person. all trips, life jackets are required for all paddlers.

Contact Paddle Leader, Erik Talley at the WRWC at etalley@wrwc.org or (401) 481-1376 to register and for more details. Advance sign-up is required.

On all trips, if you are bringing your own boat please remember to bring a life jacket for everyone who will be in your boat.

Contact Erik at the Watershed Council at etalley@wrwc.org or (401) 481-1376 to register and for more details. Advance sign-up is required.


Wolf Hill Hike & BBQ :: August 26, 2016 :: 5pm-8pm

Location: Stillwater Reservoir

Join us on a hike of Wolf Hill, led by WRWC Board Member, Christopher Riely. Christopher is a Forester for Providence Water, a Board Member & Officer for the RI Land Trust Council, and a nature enthusiast. After the hike, we hope you'll join us for clam cakes and chowder, courtesy of WRWC Board President Roy Najecki.

Wolf Hill is a long, rocky, north-south ridge running through the middle of the town of Smithfield.

We'll follow a gently rolling trail that's about 4 miles round trip, gently rolling and leads to Mercer Lookout, where we can see views of the Providence skyline and beyond. Many of the trails are old farm roads from the time this was Mowry Farm. Most of the property is a mature oak and maple forest, with a few stands of pine and hemlock. The undergrowth contains many huckleberry and lowbush blueberry bushes. Several vernal pools are visible from the trails.

In 2000 this property was acquired by the Smithfield Land Trust and in the ensuing years abutting land was acquired so that the protected area is now 300 acres.

In the center of the property is a memorial to three airmen who perished when their plane crashed on this site in August 1943. Bisecting the property is a right-of-way for National Grid's high voltage power lines. This right-of-way has created a low bush habitat for wildlife, where deer, wild turkeys, songbirds, and hawks can often be seen.
-hike description taken from the RI Blueways website

The trail head is located at the Smithfield Conservation Center in Smithfield. There's parking on site.

*Bring bug spray and headlamps or flash lights, as we may be getting back in at dusk.


Riverside Gardening :: September 10, 2016 :: 11am-12:30pm

Location: Riverside Park

FREE and open to the public
Seed-saving Workshop
Take home some seeds!


7th Annual Woony River Ride :: September 17, 2016 :: 8am

Location: Waterplace Park

The Woony Ride brings out families and avid cyclists from all over the region to enjoy the scenic greenway of the Woonasquatucket River, a historic asset to the state of RI. The funds raised from the Woony Ride supports expansion of the Greenway and youth programs. Enjoy the finish line with an AFTER-PARTY at Waterplace Park in Downtown Providence with live music, food, and awesome prizes for fundraisers!
WoonyRide.org
http://www.wrwc.org/woonyride.php


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