Outdoor Adventure Center

DNR Outdoor Adventure Center

Outdoor Adventure Center Presentations

In partnership with the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) in downtown Detroit, RKC offers a variety of community events to help promote paddle sports in South-East Michigan.  Located on Detroit’s river walk and the Dequindre Cut the OAC is in the perfect spot to connect city living with the outdoors.  

The presentations are free but all participants will have to pay the entrance fee to the OAC.  Plan to come before the presentation or stay after and enjoy the OAC.

Missouri River Voyage: 86 Days in a 17 Foot Canoe

 

 

Journey down America’s longest river with Gary and Linda, paddling 2,341 miles through seven states, starting in Three Forks, Montana and ending in St. Louis, Missouri.  Share the highs and lows of their adventure, from paddling through the most beautiful scenery in the country to abandoning the tent and taking shelter in a vault toilet to survive a tornado.  Because the Mighty Mo was at flood stage all summer, the current was fast and legal campsites without herds of cows were hard to find.  As Gary said later, this trip was not for the faint of heart!

Presenters:  Gary and Linda DeKock have paddled together for almost 50 years, and surprisingly, are still married and on speaking terms.  After retiring five years ago, they began planning longer paddling trips, including their 2,291 mile Mississippi River Voyage and 1,173 mile Five Rivers Voyage (Wisconsin, Mississippi, Illinois, Des Plaines, and Chicago Rivers).  They feel privileged to be able to do what they love to support their favorite cause.  To date, their voyages have raised over $66,000 for Water for People.

Date:  Saturday,  January 19, 2019

Time:  1:00 p.m. (OAC Saturday hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Location:  Outdoor Adventure Center
1801 Atwater Street
Detroit, Michigan 48207

Fee:  $5 Entrance Fee for the Outdoor Adventure Center  (Seniors 62 and older $3 Entrance Fee)
          There is no additional fee for the Presentation.

Parking:  Free parking East of the Outdoor Adventure Center.

Afterglow:  To Be Determined

The Best Way to See the World is From the Seat of a Kayak

 

Riverside Kayak Connection hosts a presentation with longtime kayak enthusiast Steve Lutsch, Steve began kayaking over 50 years ago.  His exploits begain as a boy on the Detroit River and have continued to points across the globe.  His stories and photographs of kayak adventures have been published in magazines in Canada, the USA, and the UK and Europe.  Join Riverside Kayak Connection and Steve as he shares stories and photos and learn why he believes “the best way to see the World is from the seat of a kayak”.  

Presenter:  Steve Lutsch

Date:  Saturday,  February 9, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m. (OAC Saturday hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Location:  Outdoor Adventure Center
                     1801 Atwater Street
                     Detroit, Michigan 48207

Fee:  $5 Entrance Fee for the Outdoor Adventure Center  (Seniors 62 and older $3 Entrance Fee)
          There is no additional fee for the Presentation.

Parking:  Free parking East of the Outdoor Adventure Center.

Afterglow:  To Be Determined

Pisanki

Pisanki (Pisanky) The Eastern European art of “writing” on eggs in a batik process for the Easter season.  The symbolism in the awakening of spring in the artform of using a stylus and molten beeswax with various dye to write messages on eggs using symbols rather than words.  This ancient pagan art is now placed as a Christian tradition symbolizing the resurrection Jesus Christ. Join instructor Susan Walker and her friends from Riverside Kayak Connection to learn this process.  Pre-registration is required at https://riversidekayak.com/events/outdoor-adventure-center/ and participants must be 14 or older (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult).  Cost $15 per participant.   

Presenter:  Susan Walker

Date:  Saturday,  March 30, 2019

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (OAC Saturday hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Location:  Outdoor Adventure Center
                     1801 Atwater Street
                     Detroit, Michigan 48207

Fee:  $5 Entrance Fee for the Outdoor Adventure Center  (Seniors 62 and older $3 Entrance Fee)
          The Entrance Fee is not included in the $15 Participation Fee.

Parking:  Free parking East of the Outdoor Adventure Center.

Afterglow:  To Be Determined