Catawba Riverkeeper has lots to offer kids ages 6-15 this summer!

From summer camp to Saturday morning workshops, we’ve got something fun for your family.

Kids’ Kayaking Fridays

On Fridays during the summer, Catawba Riverkeeper offers flatwater kayaking experiences for kids ages 10-15.

Locations vary, but sessions are always 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

For $20, your child gets a kayak, paddle, PFD, safety instruction, and a guided tour on the water.


Exploration Mondays – Every 3rd Monday June-August

Kids ages 9-15 are invited to spend half a day on the water and half on land while focusing on a different topic each Monday.

June 21 – Explore the history of the South Fork River
July 19 – Explore the ecosystems of the South Fork River
August 16 – Explore the wildlife of the Catawba River Basin

9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
$50 per session
Drop-off and pick-up at The Boathouse in McAdenville (115 Willow Dr)


Saturday Morning Kids’ Workshops

Kids ages 6-13 are invited to spend Saturday mornings building hands-on projects, exploring nature, and learning more about the wildlife in our basin!

This program is a partnership with She Built This City.

  • June 12 – Build a blue bird box
  • June 26 – Build a bat nursery
  • July 10 – Build a blue bird box
  • July 17 – Paint picnic tables
  • August 21 – TBA

9 AM – 12 PM
$25 per session

Drop-off and pick-up at The Boathouse in McAdenville (115 Willow Dr)


SOLD OUT! Wild Carolina Camp: August 9-13

For the first time ever, local environmental nonprofits are coming together to bring local rising 5th and 6th graders an action-packed outdoor adventure camp!

Each day will be a unique experience with visits from nature and wildlife experts!

Participating partners include: Carolina Raptor CenterAnne Springs Close GreenwayCatawba Lands Conservancy, and TreesCharlotte.

Dates: August 9-13 (Monday-Friday)
Times: 8:45 AM Dropoff – 4 PM Pickup
Location: The Boathouse (115 Willow Dr, McAdenville, NC)
BYO lunch and weather appropriate clothing – rain or shine!

Registration Fee: $250