Chesterton, IN – East Chicago Lighthouse Charter School 6th grader, Brianna, had never been in a canoe before today. “It was amazing!” she said afterward. “It was more difficult to paddle and keep the boat steady than I thought it would be, but so much fun. I’d like to do it again.”
Thanks to a broad coalition of schools, nonprofits, local, state and federal agencies, Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobiles will provide hundreds of students with unforgettable experiences on their local waterways from the seat of a 24’ Voyageur canoe.
An extension of Wilderness Inquiry’s Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures (UWCA), their Canoemobiles travel across America to bring environmental literacy and dynamic outdoor learning experiences to urban youth.
“Our urban waterways are an important—and incredibly effective—teaching tool for kids,” says Geof Benson, Executive Director of Dunes Learning Center. “Whether they are exploring the science below the water’s surface, as with our Riverwatch activity, or touring local lakes and rivers in a 24’ canoe—the learning connections made through these experiences stay with them far longer than anything they might read in books.”