Thanks for joining our River Tours this summer!
The Ausable River Association was proud to host River Tours for summer 2019!
Thanks for joining our staff for outdoor education programming featuring themes of river ecology and stewardship in the Ausable River Watershed. Hiking and paddling trips were designed to engage local citizens of all ages in outdoor recreational activities, while also inspiring participants to be active stewards of their local environment. We learned new paddling and hiking techniques, stewardship practices, and methods for river and riparian restoration. Ausable River Associatin (AsRA) staff also demonstrated environmental DNA and water quality monitoring field data collection procedures and shared findings from AsRA’s data collection to date. Thanks for bringing your appreciation for the natural beauty in the Ausable Valley; we hope you left with a better understanding of what threatens our local environment - and what you can do to inspire responsible stewardship in your community. Please continue to engage in low-impact, Leave No Trace recreation designed to foster understanding, enjoyment, and conservation of our local water resources!
In 2019, we offered two guided hikes, three guided paddling tours of the Ausable Paddling Nature Trail on Lake Everest, and one guided watershed tour of our restoration project sites. All of these tours were FREE thanks to a generous Education Grant awarded to AsRA by the Lake Champlain Basin Program, with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency through the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, with matching funds from the Town of Wilmington. All told 45 people joined us this year for these tours and spent 180 people hours intereacting with their landscape.
We hope to offer this progam again for the summer of 2020, so please stay tuned for future tour dates and locations. In the meantime, we hope to see you outside enjoying the beauty of the Ausable River watershed utilizing low-impact recreation.