Kayaking Camp with UNH Extension Marine Docents
The location will vary depending on the lesson and tides:
• Adam's Point, Durham, NH
• UNH Pier, New Castle, NH
Through hands-on learning, youth will be learning kayaking skills and safety along with exploring the marine biology and ecosystem of Great Bay.
Campers will learn basic paddling techniques, balance, self-rescue skills, general water safety, chart reading, navigation skills, beginner compass skills and an introduction to the principles of Leave No Trace. They will also meet with Marine Docents daily to explore the wonders of Great Bay and our New Hampshire coast.
Campers will explore the New Hampshire coast while learning about the Great Bay Estuary, marine wildlife and the history of our coastal waters. Marine Docents will help us explore plankton, squid, whales, sharks, oysters, horseshoe crabs and the intertidal waters of Great Bay.
Monday, August 6
Start at Adam's Point in Durham to meet your team and begin your kayaking experience. We will start with some basic kayaking skills and lessons. Next, paddle to the UNH Jackson Laboratory and learn about oyster research. After that, we will kayak to explore and count wild oysters beds. We’ll also be creating our camp t-shirts with the help of the Marine Docents.
Tuesday, August 7
Again we will start the day at Adam's Point in Durham. This day we will explore the buoyancy lab and the horseshoe crab lab. We will again explore the bay doing research and data collecting on horseshoe crabs in the bay. We will also make time to play and splash with the kayaks.
Wednesday, August 8
We will shift to the UNH Pier in New Castle. We will paddle down to the Gundalow and learn about maritime navigation and the role that the Gundalow played in the history of Portsmouth. The day will end with a shift to the Gulf of Maine and explore plankton nets and gathering samples.
Thursday, August 9
We will start the day again at the UNH Pier and paddle to the intertidal waters. We will be collecting specimens and bringing them back to the lab for analysis. While at the lab we will learn about Ocean Acidification and its effects on the plankton and intertidal waters.
Friday, August 10
The final day will be at the UNH Pier, ending the week with an exploration of whales and sharks.
Scholarships are available.