In this intensive summer course, participants will enter into a conversation about North Country paddling—throughout the course students will study the region’s paddling history, its watersheds, and explore local rivers and lakes; realize the treasures in our back yard and environmental issues affecting them. Students will be guided to and work toward mastering basic paddling skills; paddle a canoe straight tandem and solo, mastering the J stroke. Highly motivated students will be able to build their own wooden canoe paddle before the longer trip.
Participants will start exploring some local lakes and rivers, but the bulk of this summer’s course will be a 20-day overnight canoeing expedition down the Vermont/New Hampshire section of the Connecticut River. Discover the wide range of flat water paddling and understand boat characteristics; racing, solo and tandem, canoes and kayaks. Sterling is proud to partner with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Craftsbury Outdoor Center to help further the organizations’ missions to educate the public about northern New England waterways, riparian ecosystems, and watersheds. In the context of this experience, participants will engage in a range of activities that draw attention to the interconnections inherent in watershed ecosystems across the region. Participants will leave with a set of practical skills, a new understanding of and appreciation for North Country rivers and lakes. They will build relationships that bring one back to the water time and again for years to come.
In Summer 2018 this course has a co-requisite of NS205 Environmental Science.