Tualatin Riverkeepers' Trip Leader Training will be held March 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Canoeists and kayakers will train to become volunteer trip leaders for the group's paddle trips, which are open to the public. The training is free and includes classroom presentations and an interactive rescue training session.

The classroom session will meet at the Tualatin Valley Fire Station 51 Community Room in Tigard (located on Burnham Road just off of Hall Boulevard) at noon. Lunch will be provided. The training includes a presentation on Tualatin River history, paddling safety tips and step-by-step instructions on how to be an effective volunteer trip leader.

A rescue session will be conducted from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Tigard High School swimming pool with expert canoeist Earl McCracken from Sportcraft Marina. Participants will be trained in the pool with canoes.

Tualatin Riverkeepers is a membership-based organization working to protect and restore Oregon's Tualatin River system. Founded in 1990, the group builds watershed stewardship through community involvement in restoration, education, and access to nature and advocacy.

For more information, contact Sara Halverson at 503-620-7507.

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