Kayak tour through Bald Cypress to benefit IRSD

Coastal Kayak, located in northern Fenwick Island along Route 1, is giving back through the fourth installment of their Paddle for a Purpose fundraiser, this Sunday, June 26.

Each Sunday in June, Coastal Kayak has held a discounted eco-tour, inviting participants of all experience levels to take advantage of kayaking Southern Delaware’s back bays and taking in the wildlife. This Sunday, proceeds will benefit the Back Our Schools project, organized by the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) to help fund grants for teachers in the Indian River School District.

“There are so many great charities in the area,” said Jennifer Adams-Mitchell of Coastal Kayak. “It’s impossible to get to them all, but we want to continue our Paddle for a Purpose fundraiser next year, with a new lineup of charities.”

Participants this Sunday, June 26, will have the opportunity to experience a guided kayak tour, taking kayakers through the northernmost Bald Cypress swamp in the country. The tour, which includes roughly two hours of paddling time, will take kayakers through Trap Pond in Lewes, where they will experience a variety of plant and animal life.

“It’s a really pretty area,” adds Adams-Mitchell. “It’s one of the most unique tours that we offer. All experience levels are welcome, and the flat, calm surface makes it ideal for beginners.”

Earlier this month, the Paddle for a Purpose program benefited local charities including the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute, the Horseshoe Crab Conservation Fund created by the Ecological Research and Development Group and Justin’s Beach House in Bethany Beach.

This Sunday’s tour aims to give help the Back Our Schools initiative, which addresses students’ needs by allowing teachers to apply for funding that aims to make an impressive and positive impact in the classroom.

“There are so many families in the area that enjoy the watersheds of lower Delaware,” said Adams-Mitchell, “and a lot of people don’t even realize what’s right in our back yard.”

Sunday’s Paddle for a Purpose benefit will begin at Coastal Kayak in Fenwick Island, located along Route 1 at 3:30 p.m. It will include instruction and safety procedures and transportation to the launch site. The cost is $50 per person and will benefit Back Our Schools.

For more information, including information on upcoming tours and events, find Coastal Kayak on Facebook or visit www.coastalkayak.com. Space on the Bald Cypress eco-tour is limited and pre-registration is required. Call (302) 539-7999 for more information or to register for the trip.