Guided kayak tours with CBEC

Living near the Chesapeake Bay offers many unique opportunities for outdoor recreational water activities. The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, located at 600 Discovery Lane in Grasonville, strives to promote stewardship and sustainability through environmental education and habitat restoration.

CBEC is located on a peninsula offering visitors kayak and canoe rentals to glide around Marshy Creek, the Narrows and Prospect Bay, viewing wading birds, waterfowl and acres of marsh and restored shoreline.

Kayaking is one of the best ways to experience the wonders of these wetlands. Courtney Leigh, CBEC’s volunteer/adult education coordinator and certified interpretive guide, will guide participants through basic kayak instruction, then lead a tour paddle to explore the watershed of Marshy Creek.

During the tours, opportunities to encounter wading birds, waterfowl and migratory raptors hunting the marshland can occur. Other common sightings include otter, muskrat, terrapin turtles, mating cownose stingrays, schooling silversides, jellyfish and water snakes.

Tours are designed to give participants, beginner and intermediate levels, an introduction to the basic skills of kayaking. Paddling techniques, vessel orientation, loading and unloading, and kayaking safety will be covered. No experience is necessary. An estimated two hours of paddling time is scheduled. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

To make reservations, register at www.bayrestoration.org/guided-kayak-tours or email Courtney Leigh, cleigh@bayrestoration.org, for more information. Registrants will receive an email confirmation explaining pre-trip preparations.

The cost is $15 for CBEC members and $20 for non-members.

CBEC reserves the right to cancel any trip due to unsafe weather conditions or if the minimum participant amount has not been reached.

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