“Outdoor Access for All” reads the side of the Canoemobile van pulling into the boathouse at Lake Merced in San Francisco. Wilderness Inquiry’s mission to connect people from all walks of life to the natural world is being fulfilled throughout California this spring. Anyone, anywhere, anytime–and we mean it!
Explore the Bay area from Voyageur canoes
Wilderness Inquiry’s Voyageur canoes made the pioneering journey west to San Francisco with the Canoemobile program. Upon arrival to the Bay Area, the Canoemobile hosted a featured workshop for the City Parks Alliance Greater and Greener Conference—a convening of hundreds of city parks leaders from across the country. Conference participants from all over North America joined Wilderness Inquiry… [Read more] Park leaders from across the country paddle the San Francisco Bay with Canoemobile
This article originally appeared on the National League of Cities blog CitiesSpeak. Wilderness Inquiry teamed up with San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and SF Recreation & Park to bring the Canoemobile to the Bay Area. Coming in direct contact with the mighty Mississippi River provided one indelible memory for many of the 700 participants in the recent International… [Read more] How we worked with a Mayor and a parks department to connect SF youth with nature
Celebrate the urban wilderness of the Bay Area
For three weeks, Canoemobile made its home in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing introductory outdoor experiences for hundreds of people representing a broad cross-section of Bay Area residents. From elementary to high school, after-school programs to special education, and disability service groups and life-skills support organizations, Canoemobile connected people of diverse backgrounds to local… [Read more] Access for all: Three weeks in the Bay Area
Our Fifth Record Breaking Year in a Row Wilderness Inquiry connected more than 37,000 people to nature, including more than 18,500 people of color and 3,600 people with disabilities, through 571 adventures and events– a new record! Highlights of our year include: Canoemobile reached 32,000 people in more than 50 communities from coast to coast:… [Read more] 2017 Year in Review
Canoemobile was excited to make it back on the Pacific Ocean for another afternoon of beautiful paddling at the San Fransisco Maritime National Historical Park. The Parks Association joined Wilderness Inquiry at the Aquatic Park Marina to introduce a very enthusiastic group of students to Voyageur canoeing.
The program that has brought over 125,000 kids on their local waterways will introduce 1,000 adults with disabilities to National Parks for their first time thanks to support from Toad&Co and the National Park Foundation. Canoemobile will be making stops in the San Francisco Bay Area, Denver, Dallas, Detroit, and Chicago in the next two… [Read more] Canoemobile is redefining inclusiveness in the outdoors
Not the typical school day On a gorgeous Tuesday, students made their way to Lake Merced for a day in the outdoors with Canoemobile. Middle school students from Eastside Prep in Palo Alto tested the water quality, paddled on Lake Merced, and made connections between human impacts and how those actions can affect the environment.