It was a year ago that the world had to adjust to a new reality because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For us, that meant canceling film festivals, races, community paddles and other long time traditions — difficult decisions, sure, but the right ones to keep people as safe as possible. We’ve come a long way since this all started, and with more and more people getting vaccinated and the numbers looking better, we’re excited about reconnecting with friends old and new this paddling season.
But we’re not out of the woods quite yet. That’s why we’ve teamed up with NRS to put together the Virtual Speakers Series to get us pumped for paddling. Each event will be simulcast on Zoom and Facebook. Participants will be able to interact with presenters during Q&A sessions both live and in chats. NRS, as our premiere event sponsor, will provide door prizes, which will be raffled off the following day. Anyone who makes a donation to NFCT in association with the presentation will be eligible to win.
The schedule is still in flux and more details, including Zoom links, will be added soon. Each event begins at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and will last approximately 90 minutes.
- Ongoing: Paddling Film Festival; watch anytime! Sponsored by Outdoor Gear Exchange. Click here to get your tickets!
- March 18: Noah Pollock and the NFCT’s stewardship program. Join by Zoom or on Facebook.
- April 1: Paddling the NFCT, downstream: a conversation with Thru-Paddlers Mack Truax and Maggie Gremore. Join by Zoom or on Facebook.
- April 29: Planning and preparation for cold water paddling: take a virtual early-spring paddling trip with life long paddler Russ Ford and talk gear with jean Nielson from NRS. Join by Zoom or on Facebook.
- May 13: Conversation with Brian McDonnell: a life of paddling and the legacy of the Adirondack Watershed Alliance. Join by Zoom or on Facebook.
- May 27: The Hard Path to Wilderness: a virtual trip with retired Allagash Wilderness Waterway Supervisor Tim Caverly from Allagash Lake to Allagash Falls. Join by Zoom or on Facebook.
- June 10: NFCT’s Birch Bark Canoes: one made by Henri Vaillancourt and another made in 1959 on the Maniwaki reserve in Quebec now known as Kitigan Zibi for the 350th celebration of Lake Champlain. Join by Zoom or on Facebook.
To make a gift in support of this series and the NFCT, use the button below.