At the risk of stating the obvious, one of the great benefits of being in a university city is the amount of educational resources that are available in your hometown. What may not be so obvious is that these resources aren’t limited to just the traditional areas of the curriculum — they include lifelong learning opportunities in crazy things like bouldering, wilderness orienteering, camping, backpacking, and kayaking. The university isn’t just for young adults, it’s for the young at heart of all ages who want to try new things and learn new skills. I heard this morning that there’s still 5 spots open for this weekend’s kayak trip down the Cuyahoga so if you’ve always wanted to strap yourself in and ride the waves now is your chance.
Dr. Lefton is right — Kent State is full of best kept secrets — and the recreational services available through the Wellness Facility are some of the best examples. With all of the recent interest in kayaking through downtown Kent we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of technical support available through the Wellness Center and perhaps even more importantly they rent out equipment at great rates to both members and non-members.
And I’ve seen the stuff, it’s all first rate gear so you get a chance to learn and play with fairly expensive stuff at great bargain rates. How can you beat that?
The Wellness Center also plans adventure trips to first rate locations. I was really tempted to sign up for their kayak/mountain biking trip to North Carolina but my schedule just wouldn’t permit it. A little closer to home the Wellness Center folks have set up a kayak trip for this Saturday but you need to sign up today and take a short pre-trip class that is tonight. Here’s more from the Outdoor Adventure Center Director:
Thanks for your interest in paddling on the Cuyahoga River. We are offering a “Kayak the Cuyahoga” trip this Saturday, July 12th from 10am to 3pm. All equipment, instruction, food, and transportation is provided. Some previous paddling experience is required. Attendance at our Quickstart Your Kayak clinic on Wednesday evening from 6-9pm at our Student Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium is also required. We still have 5 spots remaining for our trip. If you have additional questions or would like to register, please feel free to contact me.
We hope to see you on the water!
David J. Herpy
Outdoor Adventure and Camp Coordinator
Kent State University
Department of Recreational Services
Student Recreation and Wellness Center
(330) 672-2803 (office)
(330) 672-4272 (fax)
Join us as we paddle through downtown Kent along the Cuyahoga River. We will put in at Tannery Park and paddle several miles downstream to our take out at Munroe Falls Park. Learn about the natural history of the area from a naturalist along the way. Price includes equipment, instruction, transportation, and lunch. This is a collaborative program between the Adventure Center and the City of Kent Parks and Recreation Department. Participation in the Quickstart Your Kayak Clinic on Wednesday, July 9th is mandatory for this trip!
Fee: Stud $30, Mem $30, Non $40
Dates: July 12
Departure Time: 10 a.m.