Canoeing provides a pristine opportunity to get back to the basics on the water. Don’t know how to canoe? The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield can provide beginner instruction at a special class offered July 20, 2013.
“For many people, just getting into a canoe is an intimidating thought. We can’t wait to shatter those thoughts and give people a huge sense of accomplishment when they are able to confidently take that canoe out on the water,” said Jody Rice, the training and development specialist at Charlie Elliott.
The canoeing basics program at Charlie Elliott, one of seven regional education centers operated by DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division, will give participants the chance to learn the fundamentals of canoeing, paddling, safety, rescue and gear. Canoes, paddles and a life vest will be provided. Attendees should bring a lunch, sunscreen and water and be prepared to get wet.
Fee for the Basic Canoeing class is $20 a person. Preregistration is required. Participants should be 10 or older.
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, named for the first director of what is now the Wildlife Resources Division, offers outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, shooting and birding along with educational programs and a conference center, banquet hall and hotel-styled lodging, all within an hour’s drive of Atlanta. The 6,400 acres include Marben Public Fishing Area and Clybel Wildlife Management Area.
For more information, visit, www.georgiawildlife.com/CharlieElliott.