The Jonah Center for Earth and Art invites the public to a canoe and kayak paddle on the lower Mattabesset and Coginchaug Rivers this Saturday, June 30. The tour launches at 9 a.m. onto the Connecticut River from the boathouse ramp at 46 Harbor Drive in Middletown. Paddlers should return to the starting point within 3 hours after launching.
In addition to learning about the ecology of the river and freshwater tidal wetlands, participants will search for invasive and harmful water chestnut plants that have been found in other stretches of the river. Paddlers need to provide their own boats, paddles, drinking water, sunscreen, and life jackets.
To help cover insurance costs for this event, each participant is asked to make a $10 donation to the Jonah Center. In case of cancellation due to bad weather, the trip will be held on July 14 at 9 a.m. Call 860-398-3771 for more information or about possible weather-related postponement.