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2016 River Friends public eco-recreation and cleanup events

River Clean-Ups: 

Keep checking for new River Clean-Up dates. Thank you to all who have participated so far in 2016!

Guided public paddles: 
Chemung River Friends sponsors guided kayak and canoe trips in partnership with Southern Tier Kayak Tours of Ithaca. Each trip costs $25 per person and includes a kayak or canoe, life vest, paddles, guides, bus transportation, river squirt guns and plenty of fun. The trips are 3-7 miles long (2-3 hours) and feature a safety talk, basic paddling instructions and a stop halfway along the river to stretch your legs and explore.

Along the way, River Friends provides educational talks about river plants and animals, history, local lore and river tales.

The paddles are held in the rain, but will be cancelled if there is lightening or high water.

We stress safety. You must wear a buckled life jacket (provided) at all times.

Each paddle is limited to 23 customers and four guides; and is filled on a first-come-first serve basis. To register, contact Southern Tier Kayak Tours at 607-220-3642 or

Half of price of each trip is financed by River Friends through a Xerox Foundation grant.

Paddle trips are over for 2016.  See you next spring!
2016 Audubon-River Friends Nature Strollers schedule

The Audubon-River Friends Nature Stroller walks are easy and short (less than a half-mile), family-oriented walks designed for children, toddlers in strollers, parents and grandparents; to help them discover places for outdoor recreation and a chance to get back in touch with nature and stewardship of our environment.

All walks begin at 10 a.m. and end by noon. Adult guides talk about environmental issues as the walk progresses. Each walk includes binoculars, snacks, water and a visit by a live or stuffed animal native to the area.

The walks are led by Chemung River Friends, funded by the Chemung Valley Audubon Society and organized through the Horseheads Family Resource Center.

Please wear sneakers, hiking boots or comfortable shoes (no flip flops). Bring sun screen and insect repellent. The walks are on dirt and paved trails and grassy levees and meadows. The walks are rain-or-shine events and are only cancelled for lightening storms.

For more information contact, Joan Ostrander 607-483-1067, or Jim Pfiffer, 607-846-2242 or More walks may be added during the year so keep checking the schedule!

2016 River Friends Nature Strollers walks are wrapped up for the year. Thank you to all of our participants!


More information: Chemung River Friends 607-846-2242 or

Friends of the Chemung River Watershed • 111 N. Main St., Elmira, N.Y. 14901 • (607) 846-2242 •