Chicago-Area Paddle Trips

Cost: $35 per outing (plus expenses)

  • Explore 5 of our area’s prettiest rivers & lakes, ideal for beginner & experienced paddlers.
  • Choose as many outings as you’d like.
  • Bring your own kayak ~ or rent one.
  • For the 2 river paddles, we’ll arrange to shuttle rental kayaks from start to end points.
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For information about our next session or for more information about these day trips, send us an e-mail at or call 847-707-9377.

Happy trails!


“There is a perfect mix - we have physical exercise and we have friendship. We talk and we share ideas and feelings - Most importantly, I am learning about myself and am learning how to have fun. The child inside of me is coming out. ”

“It always is surprising to be reminded how close we are to wildlife and to see signs of wild animal behavior so close. ”

“I enjoy knowing that you can have fun outside any time, any type of weather. ”

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“I appreciate the knowledge gained in identifying the various animal tracks. I await the opportunity to impress my children! ”

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“The way you tie in aspects of nature and animal behavior to human behavior and emotions is truly brilliant. The topics are so valuable that we often have discussions related to the theme at home at dinnertime. ”

“This class motivates me to stay in shape so I can enjoy the activities, which is more rewarding than just going to the gym. ”

“It is so helpful to share our ideas, thoughts, goals, etc., with other supportive women. Also to think more about my own goals, needs, and desires has been wonderful. I'm continuing to gain more knowledge about myself. This class has also opened up discussion with my husband regarding our personal goals. ”

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