FrOGS First Annual Paddle for The Great Swamp Fundraiser Needs Volunteers

  • May 17, 2014 · 7:30 AM
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Diana Lee of FrOGS (Friends of the Great Swamp), in New York state has contacted us looking for volunteers to help out at their first annual Paddle for The Great Swamp Fundraiser. FrOGS is a legit, all-volunteer 501(c)3 not-for-profit group of friends and neighbors dedicated to preserving and protecting the Great Swamp; one of HVPC's favorite paddling venues.

Regarding the fundraising event: the participants are going to park and launch from the Patterson Recreation Center/Environmental Park on Front Street in Patterson, NY and paddle for seven miles down the east branch of the Croton River as it winds through the swamp. Staggered launchings will start at 8 AM, with the last group going in at 10 AM, and the one-way paddle will end at the Green Chimneys pavilion in Brewster where there will be food, prizes, music, festivities, etc. Shuttles will be available take paddlers back to retrieve their vehicles in Patterson.

Diana has contacted us because they need experienced paddlers to act as part of the safety crew. The safety crew will be posted, and patrol, along the route to provide assistance to whoever needs it. The channel through the swamp will be marked, and FrOGS is going to supply participants with safety whistles. The participant age range is 12 years old and up. A bailout will be located roughly halfway down the route at the Route 22 bridge.

HVPC members are welcome to participate as safety crew or as part of the fundraising paddlers group. The entrance fee for fundraising paddlers is $55 (which you can raise through the acquisition of sponsors), but there is no charge for safety crew and you get a free lunch. If you want to be part of the safety crew, there will be a meeting in the days prior to the event at which attendance is mandatory (more info on the meeting details is coming).

Information and sponsorship forms on the fundraising paddle is found here: 

http://frogs-ny.org/PDFs/PaddleRegistration.pdf

For more information on FrOGS, their web site is: http://frogs-ny.org

If you have questions, their email is: [masked]

Rain date is Sunday, May 18, 2014

The paddle officially starts at 8 AM, but safety crew volunteers will likely have to be there earlier. Check back for more information is it becomes available.

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  • Dixie

    I'm jealous, Gary! You saw a lot more animals than I did! Looks like you got a couple of minks, swans and a few others. Mostly, I saw snakes! My best sighting of the day was a pileated woodpecker. GREAT DAY for everyone! Many thanks to FROGS for having us.

    May 18, 2014

  • Dixie

    I'm jealous, Gary! You saw a lot more animals than I did! Looks like you got a couple of minks, swans and a few others. Mostly, I saw snakes! My best sighting of the day was a pileated woodpecker. GREAT DAY for everyone! Many thanks to FROGS for having us.

    May 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gary, these are great pictures!

    May 18, 2014

  • Dixie

    GREAT! But saw too many snakes!:)

    May 17, 2014

  • Gary R

    Paddle still on, see you this morning.

    May 17, 2014

  • Gary R

    Note time and venue change, it's now 7:30 A.M at the Patterson Rec center. Weather might be iffy, awaiting more info...

    May 16, 2014

  • Gary R

    New info for safety volunteers: the safety meeting will be at the Patterson Rec Center Saturday morning at 7. The Rec Center is on the same short street as the Patterson train station - just keep going and the road ends at the rec center. See you there.

    May 14, 2014

  • Susie

    Alas, I'll be heading out to the airport for a 10 day trip to Scotland and England. I'd like to feel sad that I'm missing this nice paddle, but I can't as I'm going to have an experience of a lifetime. I'll take lots of pictures. Have fun everyone.

    March 24, 2014

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