Harold Parker State Forest is offering a free canoe program sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation on Saturdays, July 3, July 17, July 31, Aug.21 and Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. for up to three hours at the Forest Headquarters parking lot at 305 Middleton Road, North Andover.

The park's interpreter, Bob Anderson will instruct participants on the basics of canoe handling and water safety and lead a guided paddle around one of Harold Parker's picturesque ponds.

Canoes are provided by DCR however, it is recommended that people bring sunscreen, insect repellent, drinking water, a camera and their own life vest if they have one. Life vests will be provided to those who do not have their own.

Each program session is limited to 16 adults over the age of 18 and a mandatory pre-registration is required by calling 978-475-7972.

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