Training for Volunteer Kayak Tour Guides
Saturday, May 24 7:30 am – 4 pm
The Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge offers interpretive half-day kayak tours on the Laguna Madre from June – August. Tours run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. We are seeking volunteers to be guides for these trips with a time commitment from 7:30 am – 1:30 pm for each tour and a minimum of two tours per month. Guide responsibilities include preparing, loading, unloading, cleaning and transporting equipment; instructing participants in basic kayak paddling instruction and safety procedures; interpretation of the refuge and bay habitats from a prepared script; and ensuring group safety at all times on and off the water. This is a great opportunity to share your outdoor skills and love of nature with our visitors. Training is provided, however, kayak experience is required as is current cpr/first aid certification. Call Marion Mason, Ranger, at 956-748-3607 ext 119 for more information and to register for the training.Enjoy a half day, guided kayak tour to discover this amazing ecosystem and the wildlife that depends on it. The seasonal tours include basic kayak instruction, wildlife watching, snack and interpretation of the refuge habitats and Laguna Madre.
The 2014 tours are offered June through August on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tours depart from the visitor center at 8am and return by 1pm. Time actually spent on the water is approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.The kayaks are tandem (2 people per boat). Participants under 13 must each be accompanied by an adult. Groups with an odd number of participants can be paired with a guide. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 956-748-3607 ext. 111.Cost: $30 per adult and $25 for children ages 8 to 12. What Is Provided:
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