We’re Hiring: Administrative and Outreach Coordinator

Seeking a part-time Administrative and Outreach Coordinator reporting to the Executive Director. Will maintain Washington Water Trails Association’s membership, volunteer and QuickBooks databases, caring for WWTA members, coordinating outreach events, and supporting staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors. The person in this position will provide exceptional service to members and prospective members, and will support smooth running of office and outreach functions. Position open until filled.

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Paddle Kitsap Start Time Revised to 1:00pm Saturday

Dear Paddle Kitsap Participant:

Well why get up for a 9am meet time when you can get up at Noon? When we changed the date for Paddle Kitsap from Aug 9th to the 23rd we forgot to take into account the tide difference and did not change the timeline. So now everything must be shifted to an afternoon paddle so that we can really ride the tide rather than paddle against it.

We are very sorry for this inconvenience for some and as it turns out a blessing for others that like to sleep in late. So now we will be meeting in Port Orchard at 1PM and starting the paddle at 2:30PM.

Looking forward to a sunny, blue bird day on the water, a great tribute to our NATIONAL water trail.

A special THANKS goes out VISIT KITSAP for all their help in planning and executing this event and our partners the city of Port Orchard, Silverdale and Port Orchard Chambers of Commerce, Kitsap County, Port of Silverdale and Bremerton and our all wonderful volunteers.



For those that can’t make the time change we are offering a full refund and our sincerest apologies. For a refund please email me at jkuntz@kayakproshop.com.

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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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