West and Rhode Riverkeeper

We work with our community to enforce environmental law, to
promote restoration, and to advocate for better environmental policy.
Contact us: 410-867-7171  ♦  4800 Atwell Rd, #6, Shady Side, MD 20764

FREE paddling



Thursday night "Picnic & Pick-Up Paddle for the Rivers"

Bring your own boat or use one of ours, June 16, June 30, July 21, August 4 and August 18

Bring a picnic, your own kayak or paddle-able boat, or use one of our tandem or solo kayaks for a sociable evening paddle on the West River. It's free, but you need to make a reservation in advance. A suggested $10 donation would go a long way toward the Riverkeeper's efforts to keep these rivers swimmable, fishable, crabable and kayakable, but even if you don't want to dip into your wallet, we'd still like you to dip a paddle in the river.

The West & Rhode Riverkeeper, in partnership with Discovery Village, will offer free kayaking on Thursday, June 16, June 30, July 21, August 4 and August 18. We will begin at 6 p.m. and wrap it up 30 minutes before sunset. Picnicing is welcome, as long as we vacate the campus by sunset.

Kayaks, paddles, and life vests will be provided. Both single and tandem kayaks are available. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. To reserve your spot, email Jeff at  or call 410-867-7171.

In the event of inclement weather, kayaking will be canceled and that news will be posted on our website.

FREE kayak lessons, June 9, July 14 & August 11

paddling-raisedJoin us on June 9, July 14 and August 11 for a 2-1/2 hour instructional tour starting at 6 p.m. Explore Parrish Creek while you improve your kayak skills and pick up basic safety information. American Canoe Association instructor, Anicca Jansen, Kayak Instruction & Tours will teach you basic strokes that will help you maneuver your kayak forward, backwards, and sideways and make you a more confident and safe paddler. Children 6 to 10 years old are welcome but must be in a tandem kayak with an adult.  The West & Rhode Riverkeeper will provide kayaks, life vests, and paddles to interested individuals, or you are welcome to bring your own.  Instructional tours are limited to 8 individuals per tour, please email Jeff at  or call 410-867-7171 to reserve your spot.  Instructional tours are offered for a suggested donation of $10, proceed go to continuing West/Rhode Riverkeeper programs.



FREE stand-up paddleboarding lessons, June 23, July 28 August 25


Enjoy a free beginner's stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) session at Discovery Village in Shady Side from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, July 28 August 25.


The free SUP sessions have a value of $35. A suggested donation of $10 will help the Riverkeeper keep the rivers swimmable, fishable, crabable and paddle-able. Space is limited to 8 paddlers each session. Reserve your board now -- call  or email Jeff at . Click here for more details. 

Discovery Village is located at 4800 Atwell Road, Shady Side, MD 20764. Click here for directions.

In the event of inclement weather, these events will be canceled. Check our home page for updates.