In late October, Canoemobile teamed up with the National Park Service to take more than 300 students out on Jamaica Bay, in Brooklyn. (That’s on top of the more than 200 students Canoemobile took paddling in Van Cortlandt Park, in the Bronx.) Canoemobile led the Jamaica Bay paddles in Wilderness Inquiry’s famed 24-foot Voyageur canoes. The National Park Service went along for the canoe rides, but also coordinated land-based learning stations on everything from an outdoor skills station on setting up camp to a station on the history of the region.
The partnership between the National Park Service and Wilderness Inquiry in New York is on the brink of something even bigger. During Wilderness Inquiry’s time in the area, the Canoemobile crew and the National Park Service rangers scouted Sandy Hook, New Jersey as a future site for more events. Like Jamaica Bay, Sandy Hook is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, a more than 27,000-acre system the National Park Service oversees. Sandy Hook is just the next step in Canoemobile plans for the area, which could soon include events in all five boroughs. “There’s a lot of amazing things going on in New York City and we’re so excited to have the National Park Service embrace what we’re doing,” said Meg Krueger, Wilderness Inquiry’s education program manager.
The National Park Service and Wilderness Inquiry both see the Canoemobile events in New York City as starting points that will inspire children to take farther journeys to other amazing parks, from Acadia to Yosemite.
To see Canoemobile’s effects in New York City, check out the photo gallery below.