These are the trips you have heard about from your friends and in the news!
Eco Cruises are fun educational tours aboard our pontoon boat, known as The Protector! Our cruises began in 2006 to increase public awareness of our rivers as vital natural and recreational resources right here in our backyard.
Our eco cruises are often narrated by volunteers. When narrators are not available, seasoned river advocates will join us and tell their stories about the rivers. Once you have traveled with us on The Protector you are sure to be a returning guest. We have hosted tours for visitors from eleven states. By our most recent count (July 2010), New River Foundation has traveled with more that 4500 people on our rivers since 2006.
If you would like more information about our cruises, please call Betty Sanders-Seavey at 910.937.0877.
River Excursions hosted by Team Postreich
New River Foundation restored river-based recreation to the area in 2000 on a regular basis. Now featuring a fleet of 14 canoes and 8 kayaks, we look forward to giving you the opportunity to enjoy and explore the rivers. These tours are hosted by Kurt and Rhleda Postreich, known to us as Team Postreich. They are volunteers who give their time and energy to this program to ensure everyone has an exciting adventure and will want another and another!
Some of our paddling excursions originate from Chaney Creek (near Phillips Park off Hwy 17) where most of our watercraft and equipment is currently stored. This site is being donated by Vital Signs. We hope you will think of Vital Signs when you need signage work done. (425 Marine Blvd Jacksonville NC - (910) 938-6969 )
Map to NRF Chaney Creek Eco-Tour Launch
A special thanks to Riverworks at Sturgeon City for providing additional storage space for our watercraft and friendly access to New River departing from their launch site.
Map to NRF Sturgeon City Eco-Tour Launch
Some of our launches are from Marina Cafe'. Capt Bob Beck has graciously provided storage for the New River Foundation's watercraft and equipment since 2003. We encourage folks to stop in at the Cafe' and enjoy a cold beverage and some of the excellent food served at the Marina Cafe'. (110 S Marine Blvd, Jacksonville, NC - 910- 938-2002)
Map to NRF Marina Café Eco-Tour Launch
Another favorite launch site is at the Northeast Creek Park. (Northeast Creek Park Rd off Corbin Street from Hwy 24)
Map to NRF NE Creek Park Eco-Tour Launch
Other launch sites are available if reservations are made in advance.
Team Postreich are partial to the North East Creek area of New River. They often see the huge alligator some have claimed to be more than 18 ft long that lives in the NE Creek. They often see smaller ones and always respect the gators territory and keep their distance. Team Postreich appreciates the river is home to the alligators and we are their visitors.
Space is limited, so call early! Space fills quickly in season.
Suggested donation: $15 adults and $10 for students 16 and younger.
*Group rates available upon request.*
~~ Funds from the eco-tours the eco-tours are used to maintain our equipment, provide educational tours, patrol and monitor when needed.
A big part of the New River Foundation’s mission to restore and protect the New River/White Oak River Basin is to engage the people of our watershed to take responsibility for it.
Throughout the year, we invite and encourage the community to participate in the numerous River Cleanups we host in various locations in our watershed. At most cleanups, we work from canoes, kayaks and small motor boats if available to clear trash and other debris from the rivers as well as shore and bank trash removal at some locations.
Trash removal from shorelines and river banks is not always available at some work sites. Cleanups generally last about four hours, and the New River Foundation provides the canoes, PFDs (personal flotation devices), paddles, garbage bags, gloves and refreshments that you will need to help get the job done. Some volunteers prefer to bring their own PFD’s, waders, pick-up sticks and gloves. We encourage participants to wear suitable clothing and shoes/boot for the work day on the river. Individuals and families are encouraged to make it a family outing.
Scouts and other civic groups from the watershed are welcome, but we ask that you let us know how many folks you're planning to bring so we can be sure to have enough food and supplies on hand. There is no age requirement to participate, but children must be supervised. You must be 16 or older to PADDLE a canoe (some exceptions may be made based upon experience level, and two paddlers are required per canoe).
For more information, or to be placed on our contact list, please sign up below or contact Betty at 910.937.0877 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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