These on-the-water programs are held on the sheltered Fish Creek Estuary approximately 1/4 mile east of the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center and other estuaries.Don’t want to get feet wet? Paddle down to one of the indoor ed-ventures below.
No previous experience required. All equipment provided. Consult the Paddle the Pearls Pre-Trip Fact Sheet-2015 for more details. A full trip planning packet will be sent upon program registration. Contact Cathy Techtmann-UW Extension Environmental Outreach Specialist at 715.561.2695 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and reservations.
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Paddle the Pearls- Fish Creek Estuary Ed-Venture
Take a leisurely paddle in a safe, stable double-seater kayak with UW-Extension educators to explore the sheltered Fish Creek Estuary. This is our “house” program and most popular with a wide variety of groups.
This on-the-water program is designed for those who are interested in learning more about these unique coastal wetlands. Discover the history, culture, and ecology of these unique wetlands and why they are called “freshwater estuaries.” Learn about issues, such as climate change, is facing these unique coastal wetlands and the cultures and communities that rely on them. Explore what you can do to improve the stewardship of these resources.
A side trip to the Whittlesey Creek Estuary and National Wildlife Refuge is optional depending on wind and water conditions
Trips can be customized to meet special interests such as history/culture, birding, water science, and botany.Duration: 2.5 hours. Cost: $10.00 person. For ages 12 years and above. Minimum group size= 6 people. Maximum group size= 14 people. Available June-September. Limited availability. Other “Paddle the Pearls” Programs
We offer other Paddle the Pearls programs featuring Lake Superior region’s freshwater estuaries, wetland gems, and rivers. These are customized programs for larger groups on different water bodies, offer on a limited basis. To make a program reservations contact us.
“Leadership Secrets of the Voyageurs” Fish Creek Ed-Venture
The Fish Creek Estuary was also an important site for European voyageurs who paddled thousands of miles to trade with Native people for furs. Voyageur “brigades” had to function as a team in order to face Lake Superior’s challenges. This unique program uses leadership development tools and on-the-water experiences to build your group’s teamwork & leadership skills while having paddling fun exploring the Fish Creek Estuary!
Duration: 2.5 hours. Cost: $10.00 person. For ages 12 years and above. Minimum group size= 10 people. Maximum group size= 14 people. Available June-September. Limited availability.
Indoor programs are offered at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. They can be combined with an on-the-water program for a full day experience! Advanced reservations are required.
Duration: Presentations can be tailored to your group’s interests and time schedule. Cost: FREE. Available year ‘round.
“A String of Pearls” Video
Discover Lake Superior’s freshwater estuaries— without getting your feet wet! Hear the stories of these estuaries from the people who cherish them and learn what is being done today to increase stewardship of these coastal wetlands.
The video is available for viewing on demand at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Facilitated discussion of the video by UW-Extension educators is available with advanced reservations.
Features the “Sting of Pearls—Wisconsin’s Estuaries Along Lake Superior” award-winning video presentation and discussion.
This video was produced by Cathy Techtmann, directed by Tom Notten and Brent Nottbaum – UW-Superior, and features Native American flute music by Frank Montano.
Using slides, narration, and costumed interpretation; we re-create the experience of traveling through time to learn about Lake Superior’s freshwater estuaries and the role they have played from the fur trade days to today. Your guide will be a “real” voyager who will reveal an important choice facing each of us if we are to improve the sustainability of our natural resources!
Duration 1-hour. Advanced reservations are needed.
“Leadership Secrets of the Voyageurs” Leadership Ed-Venture (indoor group program)
Learn the leadership secrets of the voyageurs without getting your feet wet. This indoor program features the same interactive games, leadership challenges, and fun as the outdoor version of “Leadership Secrets of the Voyageurs”—all designed to improve communication and team building skills. You’ll discover your personal leadership style and learn how to work more effectively with people of different styles.
Duration: 2.5-hours. Advanced reservations are needed. This program pairs well with the “Working Through the Generations” program below to create a full day leadership development experience.
“Working Through the Generations” Ed-Venture (indoor group program)
Whether you are a Mature, a Boomer, X’er, or Gen Y; you’ll agree that today there are more generations working together. Learn communication tips for effective interactions with different generations based on UW-Extension research. You will learn communication skills that will resonate with different generations and improve leadership and team building skills. This program feature fun, interactive slides, and challenges that will bridge any generational divides!
Duration: 2.5-hours. Advanced reservations are needed. This program pairs well with the “Leadership Secrets of the Voyageurs” Leadership Ed-Venture program to create a full day educational leadership development experience.