The program had been limited in 2020, mainly focusing on self-guided activities, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines required for all organized events.
The nearly 30 activities planned for this summer range from stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and fishing to trail running, cycling, and snorkeling, among other things. And the program offers opportunities for children, adults, and families in communities throughout the region, from Westport to Falmouth.
“We’re looking forward to a very busy summer of programs that are designed to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the incredible natural resources of the Buzzards Bay region,” said Jennifer Downing, the Coalition’s vice president for engagement. “As an organization, one of our primary goals is to help local residents establish and deepen their personal connections to the Bay and to the watershed. People who love the Bay will help to protect and preserve it.”
The Bay Adventure schedule begins with kayaking on Agawam Mill Pond in Wareham on Wednesday, June 2, and continues throughout the summer, ending with a bird-watching walk at Gooseberry Island in Westport on Sunday, Aug. 29.
“While people who come to our Bay Adventure programs often learn how to do something new, our primary focus is on helping everyone have an enjoyable outdoor experience,” said Sarah Jennings, the education coordinator for the Coalition. “Our goal is that the people who participate have such a good time that they can’t wait to get outside again, whether it be paddling, bicycling, fishing, trail running, bird watching or something else.”
In most cases, the offerings provide an introduction to activities that may be new to the participants, such as the “learn to quahog” sessions that will be offered monthly during the summer. The programs are led by knowledgeable volunteer guides and include partnerships with a number of businesses, local municipalities, and other local conservation organizations.
Registration for the Coalition’s Bay Adventures is free, but required as space is limited.