The first trip of Conserving Resources through Agricultural and Natural Exploration will take explorers down the Kentucky River in Carroll County later this month.

Christin Herbst, Carroll County extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, said the trip will allow participants to canoe or kayak down the river with interpreters and conservationists while learning about the area's natural resources. The event - which will be held Aug. 24 - stemmed from an idea Pendleton County Extension Agent Lindie Huffman had an idea about hosting an educational boating experience, Herbst said.

The event was moved to Carroll County for the first of several trips the area extension offices hope to offer.

"It's brand new, never been done before," Herbst said of the extension office program. "We were trying to think outside of the box."

The program is a collaboration of Carroll County, Boone County and Pendleton County Cooperative Extension Services and Two Rivers Adventures.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. with a safety video and discussion at Two Rivers Adventures, 402 W. Main St. in Carrollton, before heading to Lock #1 on the Kentucky River for a trip down to Point Park. All of the boating equipment and transportation needed for the trip will be provided by Two Rivers Adventures.

"Experience is not needed," she said of the boating trip. "It's actually very, very relaxing."

Lunch will also be provided during the day. The trip will end around 1 p.m.

The 4.1-mile tour will include educational talks about native animals in the area, like the blue herons, hawks and turtles. Talks will also include information about native plants, agricultural conservation practices and Kentucky River facts.

"Anything we do see, we'll point out," she said.

Cost for the event is $10 per person and includes canoe or kayak rental and lunch.

People hoping to participate in the event should RSVP to the Carroll County Extension Office at (502) 732-7030 prior to the event. The class size is limited to 15, and a few spaces are still available for the trip.