Monday, May 30, 2022

Get to Know Catawba Riverkeeper and The Boathouse

How much do you know about the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation? 

A local, community-based group founded in 1997 that protects, preserves and restores the 226 miles of the Catawba River basin, which permeates 26 counties in our region, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation offers education, advocacy, monitoring, reporting and engagement to protect this valuable natural resource from threats such as development and poor water management. The organization's vision: To sustain plentiful clean water for generations to come. 

As if that important work isn't cool enough, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation also offers a ton of recreational opportunities, which you should definitely check out, if you haven't already. 

Their activity hub is The Boathouse, located in McAdenville, NC, along the banks of the South Fork River (the largest tributary of the Catawba), about 20 minutes west of uptown. Here, you can rent a kayak (single or tandem), canoe or standup paddleboard for a flatwater outing. You can sign up for several guided tour options. And, if you're not super confident on the water, you can register for private or group lessons.

When you're finished exploring, get a drink, snack and gear and apparel at The Boathouse. 

Boathouse hours are Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All rentals are walk-up only Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No reservations are necessary. Rental fees include the boat, paddle, safety vest, and instruction.

The Riverkeeper also hosts a number of activities and events throughout the season. Most offerings are good for most ages and abilities, but check the website for details.

If you really want to make a day of it, consider taking a paddle, then hiking along the South Fork River Trail (in the woods, out-and-back, 2 miles one-way) or the McAdenville Greenway (flat, paved, out-and-back, 0.8 miles one way). Both make for a pleasant stroll. 

There's no better way to beat the summertime heat than finding things to do on and around the water. The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation makes it easy to do so -- both by protecting our local waterways and making them accessible with lots of fun things to do!

How to get there:
The Boathouse is located at 115 Willow Dr, McAdenville, NC 28101. This is also the trial head for the South Fork River Trail. During weekend business hours, you can also launch from the 501 Lakeview Dr., McAdenville, just a couple minutes' drive from The Boathouse. This is also where you'll find the paved McAdenville Greenway. 

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Play in May: 4 Excellent Things To Do This Month

Lately, it feels like May is the sprint finish on the homestretch of a rat race to summer. Which is why it feels important to intentionally carve out time for active, meaningful things to do between all the obligations. Here are a few I've added to our family calendar for the coming weeks. Join us! 

Early voting is open now through May 14 for the Primary Elections on May 17. Whether you vote ahead of time or day-of, make this civic responsibility a priority. As you do your research on candidates, consider where they stand on key sustainability issues, like transportation, land use and air quality. Click here for details on voting, like sample ballots and polling locations, dates and times. 

Pet Palooza Fundraising Walk & Community Festival
On Saturday, May 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Humane Society of Charlotte is celebrating their annual Pet Palooza Walk and Festival in person for the first time in two years. Bonus: It will be held at their new Animal Resource Center (1348 Parker Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208), which opens soon. This event features live music, food trucks, pet-loving vendors, and fun for the whole family, Consider participating in the Pet Palooza Fundraising Walk, kicking off at 11 a.m., to raise money to help people and pets in our community.  

Mason Wallace Park Revitalization Celebration
Help celebrate Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation's ribbon cutting for the revitalized Mason Wallace Park (7301 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 28212) on Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The newly renovated park now features hiking trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground, a new picnic shelter and new fitness equipment. The grand re-opening celebration will include free food, fitness demonstrations, tours and a mobile library. 

Move Your Age
One of my favorite organizations to follow these days is Human Powered Movement. They are doing great things in the name of keeping people active, engaged and motivated, with an emphasis on environmental consciousness. 

One of their latest upcoming events is Move Your Age, a free virtual challenge. Set an age-related goal (ex. if you're 35, do 35 push-ups a day or run/bike/hike 35 miles over the course of the challenge) to complete between Friday, May 27 and Sunday, June 5. Sign up, be active, then submit your accomplishments (here are details on how) for chances to win prizes. 

Hope to see you out and about!