Thursday, May 21, 2015

MDC to hold two instructional float trips on James River

Canoe trips are great ways for families to see the outdoors. On June 16 qne 17, the Missouri Department of Conservation will offer instructional canoeing programs that will include a float trip on the James River.
Programs to offer hands-on canoeing experience for beginning paddlers.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Paddling a canoe down an Ozarks stream is a great way for a family to see this area’s outdoors beauty. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will have two programs in June where beginning paddlers can learn about canoeing through a five-mile float on the James River.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 16, MDC will hold a Discover Nature Women’s Canoeing program. This free program will give women the opportunity to learn, explore and experience canoeing at a beginner level. The float trip will be led by MDC staff and volunteers using MDC-provided canoes. All participants must be 14 years of age or older. Girls ages 14 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will meet at the MDC Southwest Regional Office in Springfield (2630 N. Mayfair Ave.) at 9 a.m. Transportation to and from the river will be provided. Participants are responsible for their own lunch and refreshments.
The next day, June 17, MDC is offering a Discover Nature Family Canoeing program. This free program, which is also from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is designed to give families an opportunity to learn about canoeing at a beginner level. Youths ages 6-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Like the previous day’s program, participants will meet at the MDC Southwest Regional Office in Springfield at 9 a.m. and transportation to and from the James River will be provided. Participants are responsible for their own lunch and refreshments.
To register for either of these programs, call 417-895-6880. For more information about other upcoming events, go online to http://mdc.mo.gov/events.