2019 Calendar of Events
The last event for this season was the October 13th's Full Moon Paddle.
We will resume activities and events in March of 2020.
March 17, Sap Moon Paddle
The Sap Moon, as it marks the time of the year when
maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins. Cold weather or not, we kicked off a year of paddling with our first full moon tour.
April 19, Pink Moon Paddle
The Pink Moon Tour represents a time in the year were spring flowers are in full bloom. paddlers listened to chorus frogs, spring peepers, and barred owls singing there thanksgiving songs to welcome spring.
May 18, Strawberry Moon Paddle
The Strawberry Moon Tour represents a time in the year were early fruits are yielding abundance. Paddlers had to opertunity to sample some of Iroquois Strawberry drink.
June 16th, Frog Moon Paddle
The Frog Moon paddle dives into the life of night time creatures in the Cache River wetlands. We learned about frog habits, life cycles, and what creatures are active during this time of year within the Cache River watershed.
April 13th & 14th Spring Retreat & Sunday Paddle
Join Sarah Brenes, Yoga Instructor & Bonnie Burton, Retreat Facilitator, for this nature inspired spring retreat. Sarah offered three yoga sessions throughout the weekend that were "mixed level. Followed by a paddle
on the Cache River that Sunday afternoon.
May 4, Earth Skills of Southern Illinois
Wilderness Guide Mark Denzer led an adventure in the woods. Guests learned to use materials from nature for friction fires, food, shelter, plant fiber rope making, safe water collection and much more! We spent the day hiking with pack baskets, minimal gear and discussed safety techniques for staying healthy and safe while traveling through the wilds of southern Illinois.
July 9th Earth Skills Paddle
Mark Denzer (Traditional Native Skills practitioner) led a paddle through the Cache River and taught about traditional Native American uses of plants, trees, animals and other resources of the area. He taught participants how to make plant cordage from local sources, friction fire from local native wood, gather wild edible plants and talked about how local Native Americans once lived from the land on the Cache river and told stories passed down to him from local Native people.
July 14, Thunder Moon Paddle
The Farmers Almanac refered to July's full moon as the Full Thunder Moon. We paddled through the ancient wetlands of the Cache River at night and heard the call of the wild place. Mark Denzer shared his knowledge of beavers, bats and owls of the Cache River.
August 16 Green Corn Moon Paddle
The August full moon is referred to as the Ripening Moon, Sturgeon Moon or Green Corn Moon. We set out from the docks of Cache Bayou Outfitters and paddled out to Button Land Swamp and enjoy the peace and sounds of Illinois Hidden Bayou under moonlight.
Harvest Moon Paddle
We will set out from the docks of Cache Bayou Outfitters and paddled out to Button Land Swamp and enjoyed the peaceful sounds of Illinois Hidden Bayou under moonlight. Referred to as the Harvest Moon, Septembers special theme reflected an ancestral time of the year where cultures sang, danced, and celebrated a bountiful harvest.
Hunters Moon Paddle
The full moon that appears in October is called the Hunters Moon, so named as the preferred month to hunt summer-fattened deer and fox unable to hide in now bare fields. Like the Harvest Moon, the Hunters Moon is also particularly bright and long in the sky, giving hunters the opportunity to stalk prey at night. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunters Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes. We discussed and shared some of the history and lore surrounding the Cache river and surrounding areas, while paddling though the swamp.