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Pride Day – Event

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June 11, 2022

1 Day Clinic
Novice Kayak LGBQ+ 1-day clinic
$169
$101.40

Pride Day on the River:

Saturday June 11, 2022

Come celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride month on the Deerfield River! All LGBTQ+ people and allies are invited to
paddle down the Fife Brook section of the Deerfield River on Saturday, June 11. In collaboration with Zoar
Outdoor and The Venture Out Project, both new and experienced paddlers will spend the day paddling on the
river and building community. COVID-19 precautions will be in place.
How to participate?
1. Experienced Community Paddle: For people experienced with whitewater and comfortable on Fife. Put
on at noon. Free. Snacks provided.
2. New Folx Community Paddle: For people brand new to whitewater who want to raft (or shred) with
experienced boaters. Meet at takeout at 11am. Free. Snacks provided.
3. Intro to Whitewater Clinic with Zoar: For people who want to learn some basics of whitewater kayaking
and identify as LGBTQ+. Minimum of 4 participants. Cost: scholarships available for 4 participants
(pending a grant from L.L. Bean); $101.40 per participant for full price. Lunch included. Registration
link:
We will all aim to be off the river and at Zoar by around 4:30pm for the After Party at Zoar to connect with
new and old friends with food, raffle prizes, and stickers. Pizza, salads, and sodas provided; no alcohol
provided, although participants can bring their own. COVID-19 precautions will be in place.
Why are we doing this? With a history of prejudice, discrimination, and abuse in the outdoors, LGBTQ+ people
can be hesitant to engage in new outdoor recreation activities, which contributes to the lack of diversity in the
outdoors. This event specifically creates inclusive and affirming spaces for the queer community to explore
outdoor recreation opportunities. Facilitating access to river-based activities can build a more inclusive and
diverse outdoor movement. The purpose of the day is for LGBTQ+ people and allies to participate in
whitewater boating, make friends, and create community and connections to encourage further enjoyment
and stewardship of our outdoor world.
This event is for adults 18 and older only unless joining the Experienced Community Paddle and accompanied
by a parent or guardian. All participants are required to wear PFDs and helmets when in boats or in the water.
Masks and other precautions will be required when gathering on land and other times as recommended by
Massachusetts Department of Health, CDC and any other local ordinances.Come celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride month on the Deerfield River and in the trees! All LGBTQ+ folks are invited to
paddle down the Fife Brook section of the Deerfield River or Zip through the trees on Saturday, June 11th.   New to boating or zipping? Great! Zoar will provide instruction so you’ll have fun and learning.

Why are we doing this? With a history of prejudice, discrimination, and abuse in the outdoors, LGBTQ+ people
can be hesitant to engage in new outdoor recreation activities, which contributes to the lack of diversity in the
outdoors. The Venture Out Project specifically creates inclusive and affirming spaces for the queer community
to explore outdoor recreation opportunities. Facilitating access to river-based activities can build a more
inclusive and diverse outdoor movement. The purpose of the day is for LGBTQ+ people and allies to
participate in whitewater boating, make friends, and create community and connections to encourage further
enjoyment and stewardship of our outdoor world.