Intro to Canoeing



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Join us on a float down the Lower St Vrain River, an ecosystem full of two-leggeds, four-leggeds, and no leggeds…as well as greenery and flowing water.

In our day long exploration, there will be times for quiet reflection, time to turn our awareness out onto this wild stretch of river, and time for sharing, laughter, and community building.

No canoeing experience is necessary and we will provide basic instruction and orientation at the beginning of every trip, including learning river safety, paddle strokes, and how to read the river and work with the current. All of your river gear (boat, lifejacket, & paddle) will be provided. We also provide dry bags for your belongings.

Prepare yourself for a relaxed wilderness canoeing experience amidst the farms and ranches of Boulder & Weld counties. Come meet the family of bald eagles that lives close by, the two families of great horned owls, or the monstrous snapping turtle that has shown up on many of our journeys. You may also see a mink, some snowy egrets, yellow-headed blackbirds, great blue herons, and more! There is always something new to see and learn. We’ll spend about 6 hours on a 8-mile section of the lower St. Vrain river.


June 10th (half day), 9 am to 2 pm, $75

August 5th (full day), 9 am to 4 pm, $95

September 23rd (half day), 9 am to 2 pm, $75


Firestone, CO

About Your Guides:

Lauren Bond Kovsky, Head Guide & Founder, The River’s Path

Lauren has always been guided by nature.  With nearly 20 years of outdoor education experience, she brings intimate knowledge of all that nature has to offer.  Lauren is the founder of The Rivers’ Path and has led river trips in several states and also served as a canoeing instructor in Colorado.

Lauren is also a regular national speaker and an expert on Colorado’s rivers.  Currently, she is exploring the effects of the great floods of 2013 on the rivers of northern Colorado.

Lauren holds an M.A. from Naropa University in Environmental Leadership, a B.A. from Bucknell University in Animal Behavior and Environmental Studies, and is a certified Ontological Coach from the Newfield Network.  She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and two dogs.  In her spare time, she is on a natural adventure that involves skiing, hiking, camping, backpacking, or of course, canoeing.

Check out The River’s Path blog for first-hand accounts of Lauren’s canoeing adventures.

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