Paddle the LA River!

 
 

In 2011 the Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC) along with its partners formed the Paddle the LA River pilot program. We received a license to operate the first non-motorized boating pilot program on the Los Angeles River at Sepulveda Recreation Basin and once again in 2012.


The LACC and its partners are happy to announce that we are once again offering guided trips for the 2014 summer season. The trips will take place down a 1.5-mile natural bottom stretch of the Los Angeles River in the San Fernando Valley within the Sepulveda Basin.  There will be three recreation-education trips per day, with 14 participants per tour. Each tour will be led by guides from the LA Conservation Corps. Each trip will include a boating clinic and when available educational talks from a variety of guests speakers. All boating and safety equipment are provided as part of the fee paid by attendees.


The Paddle the LA River program represents the collective efforts of several environmental organizations uniting to enhance public perception about the Los Angeles River.  By paddling this scenic stretch, people experience first-hand that our urban River is part of an ecosystem that is both beautiful and significant to Los Angeles’ past and future. The program will run from Monday, June 16 through Saturday, September 13, 2014. This year we will run our program Tuesday -Thursday and  Saturday. Paid tours will be available Monday’s, Tuesdays, Thursday’s and Saturdays. Wednesdays have been set aside for schools and youth programs.


WHO ARE THE PARTNERS IN THIS PROGRAM?

The Los Angeles Conservation Corps has partnered with Urban Semillas, The River Project, and Pacoima Beautiful to develop a high caliber recreation-education boating program for the public during the license period.


The Conservation Corps is a non-profit organization that provides educational and training programs to young people. Since 1997, they have offered marine conservation programs at the Sea Lab, a hands-on science center located in Redondo Beach. The Center educates more than 20,000 youth and visitors about the importance of protecting our oceans and rivers.


This program is a natural extension of this mission. Since 2009, the LACC has maintained a Los Angeles River Corps, a youth training program in partnership with the City of LA. This project combines classroom education with outdoor experience for our members and furthers the goals outlined in the City’s Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan through projects such as river clean-ups, litter abatement, graffiti removal and vegetation management in the Glendale Narrows segment of the River. Members participate in education and training sessions covering topics such as watershed habitat, native landscaping, river hydrology, ecology, and water quality management efforts.


HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE RIVER?

You can participate by donating to the Los Angeles Conservation Corps’ river maintenance and boating program by clicking here. When donating please indicate that you would like to designate your donation to the “Paddle the LA River” program.


You can learn more about the Los Angeles River through the program partner links or go to www.lariver.org, the City of Los Angeles River Website.

 

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