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REC Center


The REC will be opening for the 2021 season on Saturday, June 5!


SEASONAL HOURS
Saturday and Sunday  |  10 AM-4 PM
Last boat departs at 3 PM


Rentals will be on a first-come, first-serve basis

Please note the following changes for this season:

  1. Social distancing will be enforced at the REC facility.
  2. We are encouraging visitors to wear masks when social distancing is not practical. This includes when checking boats in/out and if assistance is needed boarding boats and/or adjusting pfds.
  3. Boats, paddles, and pfds will be sanitized between users. This may result in longer wait times. We appreciate your patience in advance!
  4. Please do not visit us if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.  Our staff will not report to work if they have symptoms or have been exposed as well.
  5. The bathrooms and REC building will be closed to the public. Rentals will take place outside down the hill by the boat launch.
  6. Only IDs may be used as collateral.

The Root River Environmental Education Community Center (REC) was founded in 2008 as a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the City of Racine. Serving local residents, families, students, and youth groups, the REC seeks to promote appreciation, positive interaction, and responsible stewardship of the Root River and surrounding land (watershed) by providing residents and visitors with educational and recreational opportunities. In addition to offering kayak and canoe rentals during the summer season, the REC also hosts environmental education workshops for families, private events, and school field trips.

SEASON

The REC is opened seasonally beginning the first week after Memorial day and ending the last week of September. We schedule private bookings on weekdays and evenings.  Events and equipment rental are weather permitting.

SEASONAL ACTIVITIES 

Held in the mornings during the summer, this environmental program is designed for community members ages 9 and up. Sessions cover the basics of kayaking, canoeing, and environmental education topics including rain gardens, and water chemistry. 

Middle school age scientists delve into concepts such as wildlife research, dissection, geology, and microscope discovery in this hands-on week-long camp. This program is run in collaboration with Parkside faculty and staff. 

LEARN MORE

In the beginning of each school year, the REC, in partnership with Hawthorne Hollow, hosts and educates over 1,500 4th-grade Racine Unified School District students about the Root River watershed.

The REC is a site for annual Make-a-Difference Day activities in late October. Participants assist with trash removal from the Root River and surrounding land, yard maintenance, and winterizing the REC facility. 

EVENTS AND ADVENTURE

If you are interested in planning a special event, please email or call to discuss specific needs, budgets, and reserve dates. 

  • Kayak and canoe tours
  • Invasive species education and removal
  • Volunteer activities
  • Watershed education
  • River animals programs
  • Raingarden workshops
  • Birthday parties
  • School field trips
  • Scouts badge workshops
  • Family outings
  • Summer camps
  • Youth programs
  • Corporate volunteer projects

RATES

EQUIPMENT RENTAL RATES

SEASON PASSES
Individual Pass: $50
Family Pass: $90 with 4 members

FACILITY RENTAL
Education center:  $25 per hour
Center + equipment:  $75 per hour

  Adults Students
Single Kayaks $10 per hour $8 per hour
Tandem Kayaks $15 per hour $12 per hour
Canoes $15 per hour $12 per hour

 

ROOT RIVERS VOYAGERS

Environmental Education Workshops For Community Members

Topics will include the basics of canoeing and kayaking, water quality, invasive species and birds of the Root River!

Ages:  9 yrs and up
When:  Thursdays beginning July 1, 2021 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Cost:  One-time $10 registration fee
Registration:  Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  To register, please email rec@uwp.edu
Attendance:  Participants are not required to attend every workshop.

Participants will be required to wear face coverings while on land.

Youth under 18 must have a guardian present to participate.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE
July 1, 2021: The Basics of Canoeing and Kayaking
Learn the basics of canoeing and kayaking, including how to wear a personal floatation device (PFD), how to enter and exit a boat, how to paddle and steer and how to handle various scenarios in the water!  Canoe/kayak paddle included.
 
July 8, 2021: Water Quality
Learn about water pollution, identify pollution sources surrounding the REC, use simple chemistry kits to measure water pollution and discuss methods to prevent it!  Canoe/kayak paddle included.
 
July 15, 2021: Invasive Species
Learn about invasive species at the REC and what you can do to help stop the spread!  Canoe/kayak paddle included.
 
July 22, 2021: Root River Birds
Learn about bird life on the Root River!  A canoe/kayak trip to search for birds is included.

Environmental Education Manager

Laura Schulz | 262-595-2912 | rec@uwp.edu

Mission

The mission of the REC is to provide community members with opportunities to explore the Great Lakes and connected ecosystems through recreation, education, demonstration, and research. 

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REC Environmental Center
1301 W 6th St  
Racine, Wisconsin

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