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?
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?
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
PLEASE REGISTER BY WEDNESDAY – JUNE 11TH
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
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!
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!
When: June 21 & 22, 2014
Where: The classes will take place on a Cascadia Marine Trail site in mid-Puget Sound (TBA).
—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!
The Seattle Foundation has teamed up with sponsors and funders to make your donation to Washington Water Trails Association grow.
Your donations will be s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d during this single 24 hour period – May 6th.
Here’s the catch: You must donate online today only, Tuesday, May 6, to go big. Make your donation online now.
We have a long way to go to stop the continuing degradation of our rivers, lakes and oceans, but the tide is turning. People in Washington State and across the county need to see and experience what we have, and what is at risk. By promoting public access, we are taking steps to protect a priceless legacy. As stewards of the land and water, we all share a responsibility to leave no trace when we visit, and to protect and restore the places we treasure. Every $ given counts BIG when you give to WWTA through GiveBIG!
Want more places to get to the water? To launch your small craft? To land for lunch or for the night? WWTA is an organization watch-dogging and increasing shoreline access throughout the Salish Sea and other parts of Washington State. And we need your help and the support of everyone who loves the shoreline to keep doing it!
Bid for fantastic goodies while supporting the mission of WWTA! Bidding in the online auction ends April 24th, at 11:59pm…BID HERE!! Gather a group of family and friends and reserve your seats for our April 26th Dinner and Live Auction. Book a table of 8 for $520 (the “early-bird special” of $65 per person)! Please click here to purchase your tickets today.