Felix Neck Kayak Project (2015)

Friends of Sengekontacket (FOS) has long been a vital partner in protecting Sengekontacket Pond and providing education to our island community. Working hand in hand, FOS and Felix Neck have provided education programs that serve to help children and adults understand the Pond’s fragile nature and encourage a conservation ethic through joint outreach efforts.

Felix Neck’s kayaking programs are popular and their equipment is used daily and subject to much wear and tear. In order to continue to meet the demand for quality, naturalist-led aquatic programs at Felix Neck, and need to periodically purchase new equipment.

This year, Felix Neck requested support to purchase three new kayaks to replace leaky kayaks that have been repaired repeatedly over the last few years and seven paddles.

Many years ago, FOS assisted the startup of our canoe and kayak programs on Sengekontacket and over the years has been very generous in helping us acquire and replace boats. The kayaks, canoes and their respective accessories are used by hundreds of visitors and program participants – from local high school students to young campers to summer visitors, all of whom have a role to play in Pond protection. Beyond the excitement of paddling through the beautiful waters of Sengekontacket Pond, these programs allow us to educate the public about the natural history of Sengekontacket Pond and provide participants with an opportunity to connect with the Pond in a way that fosters responsible natural resource use and stewardship.

During the 2014 season, Felix Neck kayaks were used by students of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and the Charter School physical education classes, private groups, Fern & Feather

Summer Camp kids and public program participants. These programs include Moonrise Kayaks, Kayak Quests and Guided Kayak Tours and participation in these programs is high.

Fern & Feather Summer Camp, MVRHS & Charter School Physical Education classes: 160 students/campers

Public & Group Kayak Programs (including Moonrise, Quests, and Guided Kayak tours): 500 participants

In 2015 FOS funded Felix Neck’s request to purchase three new kayaks (one tandem and two single kayaks) and seven paddles to be used for public and school Sengekontacket Pond-based programs. FOS support will provide Felix Neck with the necessary equipment to continue our work to connect people and nature on Martha’s Vineyard.