The 3rd Annual Tour the Shore Kayak Series, which explores local rivers, creeks, and parks, will be hosted by Midshore Riverkeepers, educators and scientists on paddling trips along the waters they strive to protect.

Participants will learn about local ecology, history and water quality. Tour the Shore is open to the public and enables community members of all ages and paddling abilities to rent a kayak, or bring their own, for a guided tour of some of the Eastern Shore’s unique creeks and rivers.

MRC values time spent on the water connecting people to the waterways they drive past every day. This year MRC is introducing new paddles to the roster that highlight narrow creeks, flooded forests, and sunken marshes. Trips may combine water and land exploration.

Whether paddling, hiking, or both, MRC wants to help paddlers reconnect to nature while meeting new people. Tours are $40 for nonmembers and $25 for members. A limited number of binoculars and guide books are available to borrow during the paddles.

Date: Wednesday, May 2

Time: 2 – 5 p.m.

Location: Tuckahoe State Park

Paddle the upper Tuckahoe River through a flooded forest filled with swamp maples, black gum, and green ash trees rooted in the sandy soil. A beautiful paddle when spring will be showing itself through floral blooms and emerging wildlife.

Date: Friday, June 16

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Blackwater Wildlife Refuge

Pack a lunch and prepare to paddle one of the Eastern Shore’s most famous marsh systems, and for good reason. Be sure to bring or borrow binoculars for eagle sightings. The tour will stop off at a small island for lunch.

Date: Friday, July 21

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Upper Choptank River

Leave from Greensboro and paddle past red clay riverbanks and gravely stream beds.

Date: Friday, August 18

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.,

Location: Skeleton Creek

Launch at Windyhill Landing, cross the Choptank River to paddle the narrow and winding Skeleton Creek as it transitions from a brackish marsh to fresher waters with corresponding changes in plant and animal species.

Date: Friday, September 22

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Location: Miles Creek

Explore this undisturbed creek in Talbot County when pickerel weed and groundsel tree are beautifully blooming.

Preregistration is required. Space is limited, so don’t wait to get on the list. Contact Suzanne@midshoreriverkeeper.org or call 443-385-0511 to sign up and get all the details. More information available at midshoreriverkeeper.org. In the meantime, what are you waiting for? Grab a paddle and get out there to tour the shore!

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