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Virtual • Aug 4–13, 2023

Virtual Event
Aug 4–13, 2023

PADDLE ALERT: Sponsorship opportunities for 2023 now available!
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You, WWF, a paddle. On a mission to save the planet's wild waters and natural places. It is time to love it, or lose it.

Between August 4–13, 2023 you can join with nature lovers all over the country by enjoying your favorite paddle sport on your favorite body of water with WWF's Virtual Panda Paddle.

This year's event offers a couple of exciting ways to participate:

Recreational Paddle

Nature provides a solace that has never been more important to our physical and mental health. The Recreational Panda Paddle is a way to connect with nature by being in it.

How you paddle is entirely up to you:

• You can standup paddleboard (SUP), kayak, canoe, surfski, etc.
• You can go for a short paddle around your favorite lake, or you can challenge yourself to paddle further than you ever have before.

However you decide to participate, we encourage you get out on the water and experience the calming power of nature while you raise funds to protect it.

Virtual Competition

You can sign up for either a 5K course or a 10K course and use a fitness tracker to keep track of your time.

From August 4-13, take to the water with your favorite activity tracker turned on. Take a screenshot of your time and send it to the Panda Paddle team who will compile the results and share on our website!

And as always, the funds you raise as part of this event will help protect our ocean, fresh water, forests, and all living things.


When you register for WWF's Virtual Panda Paddle, you'll make a one-time donation of $40 and will receive a page on our website to raise funds and awareness for WWF's conservation work. Then between August 4–13, it's up to you! Choose a time and location to take to the water and paddle for a purpose.

Sign up!

Ready to get on board? Fill out the info below to begin your registration.

By providing your email address, you are consenting to receive email updates about Panda Paddle and other important ways you can help WWF protect the Earth's wildlife.

Help us reach our goal of $70,000

Top Fundraisers
  1 -  Eileen Burnell ($850.00)
  2 -  Naomi Cleary ($530.00)
  3 -  Janaki Kuruppu ($377.00)
  4 -  Susan Hewitt ($220.00)
  5 -  Dan Zibel ($200.00)
  6 -  Sandy Carrell ($140.00)
  7 -  Nona Friedman ($130.00)
  8 -  Mikaela Kursell ($115.00)
  9 -  Mary Gordon Kerr ($115.00)
  10 -  Rydell Grimes ($100.00)
View More Top Fundraisers >
Top Fundraising Teams
  1 -  Watchic For Wildlife ($850.00)
  2 -  Water Bears ($530.00)
  3 -  Paddling Partners - JK and HS ($377.00)
  4 -  THICC ($115.00)
  5 -  Kung Fu Pandas ($70.00)
  6 -  Blooming Desert ($60.00)
  7 -  WEST COAST ACTIVE ($30.00)
  8 -  Honu Passion ($30.00)
  9 -  Oneplaters ($30.00)
  10 -  Together we RISE ($30.00)
View More Top Fundraising Teams>


Share your #PandaPaddle photos on your favorite social media sites to show the world you're part of a large movement committed to protecting our planet's most vulnerable resources. Be sure to tag us @pandapaddle!

  • © @adventuresnearvancouverPanda Paddler Kristine adventuresnearvancouver
  • © Bob FlisserPanda Paddler Bob Flisser
  • © Anthony VelaPanda Paddler Anthony Vela
  • © Tiffany JonesPanda Paddler Tiffany Jones
  • © Cindy WallachPanda Paddler Cindy Wallach
  • © s_mosca77Panda Paddler Shannon Mosca
  • © Valerie WeissPanda Paddler Valerie Weiss
  • © James KaoPanda Paddler James Kao


How does the competitive paddle work?

When you sign up for the Virtual Paddle Competition, you'll select the race distance in which you'd like to compete. Then on the event weekend, Aug 4–13, choose a day you'd like to paddle and use a fitness app of your choice to track your distance and time.

Click here to see all FAQs


• All participants should protect their health and safety and that of others by social distancing while participating.
• Please stay up to date on the latest news and guidelines from the CDC, WHO, and your local and national authorities about where you can participate and how to stay safe during your paddle.
• If you are feeling sick, please do not participate.
• If you are recovering from COVID-19 or a recent illness, please consult your physician before participating.

To register for the Panda Paddle Virtual Event, you must be 18 years of age or older, agree to our site terms, privacy policy and a waiver that will be presented during registration and have a valid credit card.