Explore Outdoor Recreational Activities During 90TH ANR Week
posted on February 9, 2005 11:55am
Contact: Laura Probyn
EAST LANSING, Mich.—From dog sledding to paddling among alligators, the 10 th annual Quiet Water Symposium, set for March 5, offers outdoor enthusiasts a chance to explore human-powered outdoor recreation activities and equipment in a wide variety of settings.
The symposium, part of Michigan State University’s (MSU’s) 90 th annual Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week program, runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education.
Gary and Joanie McGuffin, nature photographers, writers and conservationists from Ontario, Canada, will offer a feature presentation highlighting their experiences kayaking in Greenland.
Outdoors writer and wilderness canoe guide Cliff Jacobson will offer two presentations. During his “Canoeing in Canada” talk, participants will learn how to prepare for a Canadian paddling adventure. His second session, “Canoeing the Boundary Waters with Style,” will focus on what it takes to enjoy a canoeing trip come rain or shine.
Other presentations will cover topics such as lodge-based sea kayaking, women in the wilderness, nature photography, the islands of Lake Superior, dog sledding for beginners and paddling in the Everglades.
Participants can also attend demonstrations on water safety, getting started in kayaking and canoe renovation.
Exhibits include outdoor equipment, such as snowshoes and dogsleds, and antique and hand-built watercraft, from canoes to sailboats.
“People are going to see things they’ve never seen before,” said Harry Hill, the symposium coordinator. “This event really leaves each participant with an increased appreciation and awareness of outdoor activities.”
Information will be available on outfitters, guides, paddling clubs, service providers and organizations connected to outdoor recreation, water quality and conservation, and tourism in Michigan.
Children’s activities include painting model boats.
Adult admission is $6, and youth under age 12 get in free. Tickets are available at the door. To learn more about the symposium, visit http://www.homestead.com/qws
The MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources sponsors ANR Week.