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Outdoor Education

Advanced Flat-Water Canoeing

canoe trip

May 27-June 6, 2014

In this two-week intensive summer course, participants will enter into a conversation about North Country paddling.  Throughout the two weeks students will create their own canoe, kayak, or bent-shaft paddle in the College’s woodshop, and build paddling expertise while exploring lakes and some gentle river sections of the Memphremagog and Lamoille watersheds.

While mastering basic paddling skills, participants will go on gradually longer trips including forays to lakes on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail where it passes down the Clyde River and into Lake Memphremagog. The course culminates in a 2 night canoeing excursion.

The learning progression starts in tandem recreational canoes and will progress to solo and racing canoes, as well as kayaks and stand-up paddle boards as student’s skills develop.

Sterling is proud to partner with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail to help further both organizations’ missions to educate the public about northern New England waterways, riparian ecosystems, and watersheds. In the context of this two-week 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, and experiences and relationships that bring one back to the water time and again for years to come.