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The ACA is committed to making the world a better place to paddle! Our paddling community explores waterways from small streams to the sea, making paddlers stakeholders and potential stewards of all water ways. The ACA's Paddle Green and Stream to Sea programs focus on conservation and education activities that protect the environment, strengthen peoples connection to the outdoors, and foster stewardship ethics that protect our natural resources.

 Paddle Green Education

The ACA is developing Paddle Green education programs that will provide Environmental Education (EE) and environmental  interpretive (EI) programs designed to connect participants to the environment. EE programs have a classroom component and on water experience that will help participants understand an environmental issue, see its effect in the real world, and explore sustainable solutions for prevention. EI programs introduce people to local history and ecology while exploring a waterway.  (coming in 2016)

 Registered Paddle Green Guide

If you are offering eco-tours, on water education, or interpretation programs the ACA is developing a Registered Paddle Green Guide program that may be for you. This program will help on water EE and EI providers with an existing ACA skills assessment, trip leader endorsement, or instructor certification prepare and offer on water programs safely. This program will combine web based learning with on water skills training. We hope to offer this program in the fall of 2016. (coming in 2016)

 Stream to Sea Conservation Projects

We support a variety of conservation initiatives from marine debris cleanups to invasive species management on waterways. Though grants and volunteer work, local and regional grassroots conservation projects may receive project support though the ACA and our partners. Stream to Sea conservation projects also work with our EE and EI programs to offer participants hands on stewardship experiences.  (more info)

 Paddle Green Bags 

A leading concern for the ACA is marine debris which originates on land and is washed into streams and down to the seas. Our Paddle Green Bags help make beach and river cleanups easier. Data about marine debris collected during cleanups is recorded in Track Trash and shared with researchers and conservation managers. (more info)

 Paddle Green Ethics

The Paddle Green Program views preventing degradation of our waterways as a thee part initiative. Education boosts awareness, and Stream to Sea conservation projects can remediate an existing issue. Prevention requires individuals to choose sustainable practices everyday. Paddle Green Ethics provide a starting frame work for being a personal stewardship practitioner. (Coming in 2016)

 Paddle Green Events

Paddle Green events, offer the public opportunities to learn about the paddling environment, practice Paddle Green ethics and participate in Stream to Sea conservation projects while enjoying paddle sports on local waters. The ACA hosts Paddle Green events where members and staff work with the community on a spectrum of stewardship activities. Event hosts can receive the ACA Paddle Green Endorsement and event support by offering approved stewardship activities during their event. (more Info)

Stream to Sea Policy

As a founding member of the Outdoor Alliance, the ACA works on policy initiatives that protect environmental health and public access to our waterways. For more information about the Outdoor Alliance visit them on the web. (more Info)

 For more information about the ACA’s Stewardship opportunities check the links above or contact the ACA stewardship department at (504) 907-4460 ext. 106.


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