This adventure is for ages fourteen and up. Throughout the summer months, we are offering various introduction to Bellyak classes. Bellyaking is prone (laying down) paddling – easy to enter, exit, and maneuver. Each class will focus on techniques for prone paddling, safety, and fun. Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
Throughout the year our goal is to provide basic camping experiences to families in our community. We organize overnight camping at both Ralph J. Andrews Campground and the front lawns of our recreation centers to provide different levels of experience to families. All of our campouts are centered around teaching basic camping etiquette and procedures in hope families will go out on their own and enjoy the outdoors. Camping equipment may be reserved at no additional cost and pre-registration is required,
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
What's SUP!? Join us on the water and learn! Our Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) trips are offered throughout the warm months of May - August. Each trip will be instructor guided on flat, calm waters for all levels of paddlers. However, our SUP adventures do have some prerequisites to be eligible to participate. Some of those include: breathing independently, ability to hold your breath underwater, ability to hold your head upright without support, manage personal care and mobility independently, ability to get on and off of the paddle board independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance from instructor, ability to follow instructions, ability to comprehend hazards and safety concerns, ability to swim independently in deep waters, and the ability to have fun. Our SUP courses are open to ages 10-99 years of age. Minors under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. We offer trips during the weekends and have special women only courses held on Wednesdays throughout the warm months. For more information about costs, trips locations, transportation, equipment, and instructors please call 828-293-3053 and speak with Molly Neary.
Kids Fishing Days
The kids fishing program is for ages five through fifteen year olds. The program takes place from late spring to early fall at Ralph J. Andrews campground. This program aims to teach basic fishing skills to children with little to no experience fishing, and to children who do not have opportunities to go fishing. This is catch and release fishing only. Fishing poles and bait are provided. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
Youth Fishing Camp
Kids will learn the basics of fishing - how to cast (spin casters and spinning reels), bait selection and retrieving techniques, how to tie hooks on to the line, how to attach bobbers and sinkers, and more. the Youth Fishing Camp is for kids with little to no experience with fishing. The Youth Fishing Camp will be held at the Cashiers Rec Center and Ralph J. Andrews campground. Transportation from the Cullowhee Rec Center to Cashiers is provided. Space is limited, pre-registation is required.
This program is for preschoolers (3-5 years old) and their parents to explore the natural world around them. Small class sizes and age appropriate experiments, activities, and games will allow children to make their own discoveries while having fun! Each class will focus on a different nature topic and include indoor and outdoor activities. Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
This program is for Kindergarten through 3rd graders to explore the natural world around them. Smaill class sizes and age appropriate experiments, activities, and games will allow children to make their own discoveries while having fun! Each class will focus on a different nature topic and include indoor and outdoor activities. Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Aid is a 2-day class for avid hikers, guides, trip leaders, and leaders on 1-2 day outings far from definitive medical care. If you plan to spend time in the backcountry you need to be prepared for the unexpected. This class will introduce you to techniques used to care for the ill or injured when far from definitve medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you'll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.