Thursday, August 21: Oceans of Uncertainty; A Sea of Revelations

August 21, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

A Slide Show, a Visual Feat, a Presentation of a woman’s solo journey up the Inside Passage

Come and share an evening of fun and adventure with WWTA staffer Susan Conrad as she recaps her 1,100 mile solo sea kayak journey up the Inside Passage of British Columbia and Alaska.

Suggested donation of $10 for WWTA members, $15 for non-members

Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle, room 202
Reservations are appreciated through EventBrite:
Come early for best seating!

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Announcing Winners for our Membership Survey Prize Drawing!

Thank you to all our members who participated in last month’s Membership Survey!  As always, the feedback was useful and insightful, and we will be acting on it soon.  Please keep an eye out for a report on some of the trends and highlights.

Most of you who responded to the survey also entered in the survey *prize drawing*!  So, congratulations to (drumroll please….):

Chadwick Creamer and Carli Herrs, winners of Outdoor Research hats
Ronald of Seattle, winner of an Outdoor Research t-shirt
Tim Bever, winner of an quickdrying Echo tee
Debi Scacco, winner of the *Outdoor Research Messenger Bag*, and
Michael Stevenson, winner of the *Outdoor Research Waterproof Backpack*!!


Thank you also to Outdoor Research for providing the prizes!

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This Thursday – August 7th! Paddling the Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trail

Where the Mountains Meet the Sea

Join Washington Water Trails and John Kuntz, owner of Olympic Outdoor Center, for a fun and informal presentation on this unique natural area so close to Seattle. John will discuss the trails’ inception to national status, as well as a history of the creation of the trail, its inclusion in the Cascadia Marine Trail system, highlights of paddling the trail, and what it means for the future of paddlesports in Washington State.

August 7th – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Tickets available at door – opens at 6:00

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Be Part of a Citizen Science Project!

We’ve all heard that sea stars along much of the North American pacific coast are dying in great numbers from a mysterious wasting syndrome. As water and beach going adventurers, we can all contribute to a citizen science project that’s being conducted through Cornell University and University of Washington. Interested?
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Meet us at our NEW Cascadia Marine Trail Site on Saturday!

On Saturday morning – June 28th – please join Morgan Scherer with other WWTA members and supporters for a work party at our new Cascadia Marine Trail site, Sunrise Beach Park on Colvos Passage! We’ll do invasive species removal, general clean-up and will install water trail signage. Volunteers are integral to maintaining and growing our water trail system, so please join us Saturday morning. R.S.V.P. with the name(s) and contact information for everyone who’d like to participate.

Have you thought about becoming a work party lead for WWTA?
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*Play* with WWTA at Seattle’s Big Day of Play – June 29th

WWTA will be participating in Seattle’s “7th Annual Healthy Parks, Healthy You Event” and we invite you to come out and play with a stopover at our booth!

IF you’re in the mood for a paddle please let us know. We’re planning one of our Rendezvous Paddles from Leschi to the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center who will be hosting Seattle’s Big Day of Play. All paddlers will have an hour (or so) at the event before paddling the return route to Leschi. REGISTER TODAY

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Through this interactive 2-day weekend course, you will join the LEAVE NO TRACE® movement by lending your voice to the most effective program taking care of our outdoors. Leave No Trace teaches us how to travel lightly and play responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. WWTA’s course has a sea kayaking component, and is taught by Reed Waite, Master Educator – and former WWTA Executive Director. Reed is experienced and entertaining. Don’t miss this course!

When: Saturday, June 21 – Sunday, June 22, 2014
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Trail Blazer – WWTA Executive Director Morgan Scherer

Morgan Scherer is one among several water trail blazers featured in the early summer issue of Adventure Kayak magazine, in a profile written by Neil Schulman.

It begins with a quote by Morgan, “We’re a water-faring people. This work is about survival of the spirit.” And our work at Washington Water Trails Association is certainly that! The article goes on to say that even with all the ingredients for thriving water trails – Washington’s large population near Puget Sound, a rich boating heritage, hundreds of miles of protected water and islands, and a world-class destination in the San Juan Islands – we have challenges as well. A “powerful double-whammy” hit WWTA hard when the recent recession sapped individual incomes and our membership dues – the largest source of WWTA funding – dropped by half. Scherer says, “With the cuts, fewer people know about the trail… You can’t access something you don’t know about.” And with fewer people using the trail there is less agency support.” Answers lie in rebuilding the organization’s base, re-thinking membership (which means something different in the age of Facebook and Twitter), and broadening our community support.

Trail Blazer – Morgan Scherer Profile

The complete article includes a mix of other water trail visionaries both in the United States and Canada. Read the complete article online at Adventure Kayak!

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WWTA’s Education Series Continues with our Leave No Trace Certification Trainer Course June 21 & 22!

Led by Master Trainer Reed Waite, this two-day overnight course will enhance your understanding of Leave No Trace practices and ethics and give you the confidence to teach others effectively.

The course covers the principles, mission, and ethics of Leave No Trace, the function of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, the role of Trainers, techniques for educating others, and the opportunity to lead an exercise.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be registered as a Leave No Trace Trainer with the national Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics! LNT Logo 2014

When: June 21 & 22, 2014
Where: The classes will take place on a Cascadia Marine Trail site in mid-Puget Sound (TBA).


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It’s Wet. It’s Wild. It’s Blazing Paddles!

A Paddling Film Festival


Two times and locations:

Thursday, May 29th at Edmonds Community College
Mukilteo Hall 7-10PM
20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood
Tickets: $18 available at the door ($16 students w/ID) or thru Brown Paper Tickets

Friday, May 30th at The Lincoln Theatre 7-10PM
712 South First Street, Mt Vernon
Tickets: $15 available at the door only

Sponsored by: The Community Boating Center, Seattle Sports, The Brown Lantern, Ben Wells & Assc., ExPed, Innova, Valley Kayaks, and Eddyline Kayaks

Come enjoy a a fun-filled ‘movie night’ and support WWTA at the same time!

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