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Kayak Photo Safari

Join us on the pristine tidal marshlands of the Patuxent River on the border of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties for a PHOTO SAFARI by KAYAK. Learn how to take GREAT photographs and paddle a kayak all in the same day! No experience is needed for this excursion. All skill levels of photographers/paddlers welcome. Any camera is perfect.

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2009, 8am - 4pm

Fee: $150.00

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Photo Kayakers are welcome to invite non-photographers to sign-up for this excursion. Bring binoculars instead of a camera to view the wildlife and landscape. More trip info about photo/kayak preparation, attire, directions, etc. will be emailed to each participant after online registration has been completed.

Photo Instruction: Donna T. Jones and Andargé Asfaw,

Kayak Instruction and Riverlore: Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper, and the Riverkeeper Crew. (see bio below)

Meet: Meet at 8am at the Park and Ride in College Park off of I-95 (where it hits 495) to board the Magic Bus with kayaks in tow.

What’s included: A team of photo and kayaking experts, kayaks, dry bags for cameras and other valuables, transportation to the launch area and most importantly, fun, relaxation and wonderment! (Please brown bag your lunch. Water will be provided).

Description: Kayaks are a great way to experience and connect with nature. Wildlife is comfortable around this unobtrusive, environmentally friendly form of water travel. In terms of photography, the point-of-view from the water is unique and very different from the perspective shoreside. Kayaks slip into the nooks and crannies and can move into the shallows effortlessly. This capability presents wonderful photo ops.

Itinerary: After a morning photo prep session on the bus ride to the launch area, we will arrive at Jackson's Landing at Patuxent River Park, Jug Bay Visitor’s Center. After learning the ropes of paddling the river, we'll head out to Mt. Calvert searching for terrapins sunning themselves on weather worn logs. Birds will grace us with their presence and possibly a beaver or nutria (a semi-aquatic rodent) may make an appearance. In this stretch of the Patuxent River, we'll have unobstructed views of a lush greenway that is home to nesting Bald Eagle, Osprey, Blue Heron and numerous other species. We'll continue down placid waters through acres of wild rice and wetland vegetation in all directions.

We'll arrive for lunch at a 1600’s vintage mansion, Mt. Calvert, that offers a stunning 360 degree birdseye view down the river featuring unforgettable scenery. After lunch, relax, take photos. The woodland around the mansion offers a change of habitat for more interesting photos. We’ll paddle up the nearby shady and tree canopied Western Branch before taking out at Jackson’s Landing.

Finally, we'll board the Magic Bus and make our way back to our vehicles, satisfied and enriched, with the spirit of the River in our hearts.

Bios: Fred Tutman

Patuxent Riverkeeper ( is a nonprofit watershed advocacy organization which is affiliated with the Waterkeeper Alliance in New York, an umbrella group that licenses and links Waterkeepers internationally. The sole purpose of the Patuxent Riverkeeper is to protect, restore, and advocate for clean water in the Patuxent River and its connected ecosystem. Fred Tutman is the founding Riverkeeper for the Patuxent.

Fred was born and raised along the Patuxent River as were seven generations of his ancestors before him. Fred is a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for his work on behalf of environmental causes and issues in Maryland. He also serves on a variety of Boards, Task Forces and Commissions related to the work of protecting the Patuxent. Among them, Fred serves on the Board of the Environmental Integrity Project and also as a Governor appointed Commissioner on the State’s Patuxent River Commission. Fred is an adjunct instructor at Historic St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he teaches an upper level course in Environmental Law and Policy. He is an avid kayaker and backpacker, and also helps to maintain trails on the Appalachian Trail.

Bios for Donna T. Jones and Andargé Asfaw can be found in the menu on this site.

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