RiverQuarium keeping busy with upcoming events

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga.: Supporters of the Flint RiverQuarium will have plenty to do this month as the local non-profit schedules at least two event designed to get the public out and into the environment.

First up will be a series of birdwatching tours, guided by RiverQuarium staff.

The tours will take patrons down the riverfront trail to take a gander at native bird species. For a $5 fee, the Riverquarium will provide binoculars and a bird book as well as a knowledgeable tour guide.

There will be at least two tour dates in October, with the first Saturday and again on Saturday, October 16. Those interested should meet at the main entrance to the RiverQuarium and check-in. Each tour will start at 10:30 a.m. and last an hour.

For those who want something a little different, the RiverQuarium is offering a float down the Flint River on Sunday, October 17.

The afternoon event starts at 1 p.m. when patrons can choose either a 2-mile or 5-mile trip down the river which will be followed by a barbecue meal and music at the RiverQuarium. The event will wrap up around 6:30 p.m.

There are several rental and fee options.

According to RiverQuarium officials, rental of a two-person canoe (includes two meals) is $55; a rental kayak is $40; or you can bring your own canoe/kayak $40 or your own single canoe/kayak $30.

A total of 50 spots are available for the Flint Float. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis by contacting the RiverQuarium at 229-639-2650. All major credit cards are accepted.

According to a press release from the RiverQuarium, " those not able to venture out on the river are still able to join in the festivities at the RiverQuarium, including food, music and RiverQuarium admission from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Prices for Flint RiverQuarium members are $8 per adult and $5 per child. Non-member prices are $12 per adult and $6 per child."

"Our goal for this event is to inspire appreciation and conservation of the Flint River," said Scott Loehr, Flint RiverQuarium CEO. "What people appreciate, they protect, and the Flint RiverQuarium wants to inspire that appreciation for the river, which is one of our greatest natural resources."