Eco Dawgs Programs

Eco Dawgs Youth Paddling & Ecology Program

eco-dawgs-logo-finalThrough the Eco Dawgs Youth Paddling and Ecology program, students will learn valuable life skills focused on the biodiversity and history of Port Richey and will gain an appreciation for their environment through hands-on presentations and learning experiences.

We invite you to sponsor a child to learn healthy life skills!

We invite you to be part of helping inspire our local youth to lead a healthy lifestyle through Eco Dawgs programs. Eco Dawgs is an community outreach initiative of Gill Dawg, a dining and recreation facility focusing on eco-friendly, healthy activities with a strong emphasis on paddling and watersports.

We are seeking community members to sponsor students for this program. Click on the buttons below to download more information. Gill Dawg wants the Eco Dawgs’ sponsorship details to be transparent. Please click here to see details on our current sponsors.

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Program Details

Through this program, students will learn valuable life skills focused on the biodiversity and history of Port Richey and will gain an appreciation for their environment through hands-on presentations and learning experiences.

gill-dawg-eco-dawg-programPaddling & Water Safety
Students will lean the essentials of kayaking, starting with an introduction to paddling and water safety, and ending with a guided kayak trip through the beautiful mangroves of Port Richey.

History and Geology
Students will have the opportunity to explore an ancient ceremonial mound built by native peoples and learn the significance of the salt springs at Werner-Boyce State Park.

Ecology
Students will gain an understanding of the importance of our watershed, including wetlands and mangroves systems, identify native species, and recognize human impact on such a vital ecosystem.

Stewardship
Through the program, students will gain life experiences and skills that will  help them be better stewards of the land and have a deeper appreciation of their community.

Lifetime Skills Gained: 

  • Water safety
  • Basic paddling skills
  • Wildlife identification
  • Leadership skills
  • Education on:
    • Our watershed
    • The wetlands and mangrove system
    • The human impact on our ecosystem

Personal Growth and Development:

  • Gain an appreciation for the natural and historical significance of their community
  • Learn healthy ways to become active and explore nature
  • Technical and Educational Development

For Students Grades 6-8
Program includes: Program leader, kayak rental, guided kayak trip, lunch at Gill Dawg
Program Length: 3.5 hours
Program Cost Per Student: $45
Contact Email: [email protected]