Join an SSC naturalist for a relaxed-pace wildlife viewing paddle as we explore Little Harbor and its estuarine waters.
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022 - Thursday, September 29, 2022
Duration: 3 hours
SSC Member Cost: $50
Non-Member Cost: $65
Age Requirement: Ages 10 and up; ages 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult
Included: kayak, paddle, PFD, orientation, and expert naturalist
Group Size: Up to 12 participants (double and single kayaks available)
About our Wildlife Kayak Tours of Little Harbor and its Estuarine Waters
Your adventure starts with an introduction to coastal wildlife viewing, a safety overview, and a kayaking orientation prior to launch. Once everyone is geared up with their PFD and paddle, you’ll hit the water with our experts, to enjoy a scenic kayak route filled with wildlife, local history, and fantastic coastal views. Seacoast Science Center’s naturalists will help to point out the abundance of life below and above the water – from shorebirds, to seals, fish, crustaceans, and seaweeds. You’ll also learn how to help protect local ecosystems and wildlife in your future kayaking experiences by respecting the space of animals, and leaving no trace.
- Participants will meet at the Odiorne Point State Park Boat Launch parking lot, north of the park’s main entrance. Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can prepare and take full advantage of our on-water time! Show your receipt to the park gate attendant for free parking.
- Please bring a drink and snack for our a mid-paddle break.
- Wear water shoes and clothes that can get wet, and remember, it is always cooler at the shore! Sunglasses and a hat are always a great idea too!
- Please apply sunscreen and bug spray prior to joining the group.
- Please note: while we provide a brief tutorial on paddling and safety, these programs are not considered kayak lessons.
- All participants must read and sign a Participation Agreement, Release, and Assumption of Risk. Please read the document in advance. You may bring a singed copy with you or complete the form on site.
Kayak Tour Schedule 2022
Beginner (Berrys’ Brook Route): Has never kayaked before, or has minimal experience. Comfortable paddling in calm waters.
Intermediate (Piscataqua River Route, ADULTS ONLY): Has some kayaking experience, and has been kayaking within the past year. Comfortable in calm to moderately choppy seas.
Popup Kayak Tours: In addition to the schedule below, each month, when the weather is great and the tide is right, we will announce one popup kayaking tour with a couple day advance notice. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for popup Wildlife Kayak Tour announcements!
See map below for routes.
|23||5-8pm||Berrys’ Brook and Frost Point (sunset)||Beginner-Intermediate|
|24||5:30-8:30am||Piscataqua River via Little Harbor (sunrise)||Intermediate (adults only)|
|8||5-8am||Piscataqua River via Little Harbor (sunrise)||Intermediate (adults only)|
|9||5:30-8:30pm||Berrys’ Brook and Frost Point (sunset)||Beginner-Intermediate|
|12||9am-12pm||Berrys’ Brook and Frost Point||Beginner-Intermediate|
|22||5:30-8:30pm||Berrys’ Brook and Frost Point (sunset)||Beginner-Intermediate|
|23||5:30-8:30pm||Piscataqua River via Little Harbor (sunset)||Intermediate (adults only)|
|7||5-8pm||Berrys’ Brook and Frost Point (sunset)||Beginner-Intermediate|
|16||1-4pm||Berrys’ Brook and Frost Point||Beginner-Intermediate|
|20||5-8pm||Berrys’ Brook and Frost Point (sunset)||Beginner-Intermediate|
|21||5:15-8:15pm||Piscataqua River via Little Harbor (sunset)||Intermediate (adults only)|
|25||9am-12pm||Berrys’ Brook and Frost Point||Beginner-Intermediate|
|31||1-4pm||Berrys’ Brook and Frost Point||Beginner-Intermediate|
|6||5:30-8:30am||Piscataqua River via Little Harbor (sunrise)||Intermediate (adults only)|
|10||9am-12pm||Piscataqua River via Little Harbor||Intermediate (adults only)|
|17||3-6pm||Piscataqua River via Little Harbor||Intermediate (adults only)|
|18||4:30-7:30pm||Berrys’ Brook and Frost Point (sunset)||Beginner-Intermediate|
|1||2-5pm||Berrys’ Brook and Frost Point||Beginner-Intermediate|
|5||6-9am||Piscataqua River via Little Harbor (sunrise)||Intermediate (adults only)|
|18||4-7pm||Berrys’ Brook and Frost Point (sunset)||Intermediate (adults only)|
|20||6:30-9:30am||Berrys’ Brook and Frost Point (sunrise)||Beginner-Intermediate|
|29||1-4pm||Berrys’ Brook and Frost Point||Beginner-Intermediate|
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Wildlife Kayak Tour Routes
Inclement Weather and Cancellations
In the event of inclement or predicted severe weather, registered individuals will be personally notified about cancellation 24-hours in advance. You may choose to reschedule for an open date or choose the offered rain date. If unable to reschedule, a full refund will be issued.
If a participant cancels 1 week-48 hours before a scheduled paddle, a partial refund will be offered. Cancellations less than 48 hours in advance receive no refund.
Seal Paddles with Plum Island Kayak
Enjoy a truly unforgetable experience! SSC Marine Mammal Rescue experts have teamed up with Plum Island Kayak to offer unique adventures down the Merrimack River to Badger’s Rocks, where dozens of seals typically gather to rest. You’ll learn about the seal species that are frequent these waters, about the work being done to protect them, and how you can help! We’ll also keep an eye out for other wildlife along the way! Please be aware, that although numerous seals are frequently encountered, we can not guarantee that we will see seals. Seal Paddles with Plum Island Kayak are offered May-October.
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Special thanks to the NH Department of Natural Resources and NH Division of Parks and Recreation, host sites for the kayaking events.
All proceeds support our Marine Mammal Rescue response and wildlife conservation education.