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Field Trip: Paddle the Thermalito Afterbay - Sold Out!

$45 Adult; $35 Youth

Friday, Jan 27, 2017 7:00 am - 12:30 pm

Meet at Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)

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Come paddle the Afterbay with experienced guides from the Forebay Aquatic Center who are familiar with the abundant and diverse wildlife present throughout the Oroville Wildlife Refuge. These ecological tours will educate flat-water boaters on ecology and safe boating practices while fostering an appreciation for the Oroville Thermalito Complex. Floats are appropriate for ages 8-80 and are a low-impact, physically-active way to view the wildlife and migratory waterfowl prominent during this time. Our trip has access to the non-motorized State Park areas that are inaccessible to motorized vehicles and boats. You will ride in either a single or tandem sit-on-top kayak. Youth 12 years of age or under will travel in a double kayak or demonstrate appropriate skill level. Guests will be provided with all boating equipment and fundamental paddling instruction for novice to experienced. Bring appropriately warm and waterproof clothing, cameras, and binoculars.

Field Trip Leaders

Brad Cooke

Brad Cooke has a California Chico State University degree in Recreation Administration. Since 1999, he has been an associate faculty at Butte Community College in outdoor education and has worked for 25 years in Butte County supporting natural history, native ways, and environmental education with an appreciation and knowledge for the hidden gems in Northern California. He has been a consultant for National Wildlife Refuges and an education programs director throughout Northern California. He has served as an experiential educator for thousands of students and teachers throughout Northern California. Brad is a eco-tour and raft guide with a huge variety of knowledge on our amazing North State.

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James Shipps

James Shipps is a graduate from the Chico State Recreation Administration Program; he is currently interning with the California State Parks Lake Oroville Visitor Center acquiring greater Interpretation abilities, as well as working as an Environmental Outdoor Educator at the Fore bay Aquatic Center. He has assisted in the annual monitoring of Bald Eagles, Bank Swallows, Grebes, and Peregrine Falcons, when working for the Department of Water Resources as a Fish & Wildlife Scientific Aide. As a Fisheries Technician with Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, James was engaged in many types of fisheries research, such as: Escapement Surveys, Rotary Screw Trap monitoring, and Redd monitoring surveys on the Feather River.

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