Sample California Expedition Eel River

Eel River Expedition

Grades 7-12
Eel River, CA

Wild and scenic and one of Northern California’s hidden gems, the lower Eel River winds its way towards the ocean through coastal prairie, oak woodlands, and redwood forest. Life on expedition is both rhythmic and exciting; it invites us to appreciate routine and adventure, and to realize the strength that lies within community. We will paddle approximately 5-8 miles a day as we travel downstream. Learning to maneuver our inflatable canoes through swift moving water, we will begin to understand the power of the river. Off the water we will create beautiful wilderness homes, swim, and cook delicious meals over fire.

Our journey begins at our Redwood Valley basecamp located at the homestead of our dear friends Luke and Emily Frey in Mendocino County. In 2017, the fall wildfires raged through the property, burning much of the farm infrastructure and personal homes. Along with this devastation however has come incredible resilience and new growth within the community and landscape alike. Here, we will do service work and prepare for our expedition, after which we will drive northwest through scenic country to the Eel River.

Day 1

You will arrive to our Redwood Valley basecamp at 12:00pm, where you will meet your Kroka Instructors. After lunch we will set up our tents and turn our attention to service projects and expedition preparations for the afternoon.

Day 2

Up early, we will pack up and drive about 2.5 hours to Alderpoint, CA on the Eel River where we will begin our expedition

Day 3 – 6

Life on the river! Each day will be spent paddling downstream and experiencing what is around every bend. We will practice our paddling strokes, learn to read the river, revel in the beauty of our surroundings, swim, and make beautiful wilderness homes each night.

Day 7

Our journey will come to a close as we arrive at our end point in Rio Dell. Here we will clean and de-issue our gear before gathering in circle to hold a final reflection and say our goodbyes. You will then drive back to your school.

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