SHARON, Pa. -- For those wishing to experience a leisurely, scenic and out-of-the-ordinary perspective on the Shenango Valley, the Shenango Conservancy is offering a six-mile, free guided canoe trip on the Shenango River.
Participants are asked to bring their own canoes and the required lifejackets for this five-hour "workshop on the water" June 1. There will be a few seats open for people without canoes, however.
The trip will organize at 11 a.m. at the Kidd's Mill Covered Bridge on Kidd's Mill Road in Pymatuning Township, south of Greenville, and end in New Hamburg, winding through peaceful and relatively secluded woodlands with abundant wildlife.
There are no white-water hazards, but canoeists should have some river canoeing knowledge.
This year's trip will feature work under way for the Mercer County Natural Heritage Inventory. Staff of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, which is conducting the inventory, will lead land explorations for unique plant and animal species found in and by the river.
Members of the Shenango Conservancy and Shenango River Watchers will discuss natural features and river water quality. A snack will be provided.
For registration, further instructions and information about canoes with open seats, call Denny Puko, Shenango Conservancy treasurer, at (724) 981-2880 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Shenango Conservancy is dedicated to conserving nature and history in the Shenango River watershed.