For the 3rd consecutive year Wilderness Inquiry, in partnership with Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation and Grand Rapids Public Schools, brought our award winning Canoemobile program to young people in and around Grand Rapids, Michigan. Over the course of 6 days over 1,000 youth had the opportunity to paddle the Grand River, many for the first time, to learn about the unique ecology of this body of water while building team skills and having a blast.
This year Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation arranged a fabulous community event to celebrate the Grand River and spring in Grand Rapids! Over 200 community members enjoyed a paddle on the river as well as good food and beverages onshore as part of First Fridays.
David Marquardt, Director of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation, had this to say about Friday evening and the future of Canoemobile in Grand Rapids:
“Friday night was spectacular. The Wilderness Inquiry crew undoubtedly made the night – from their incredibly warm interactions with ALL, to those beautiful canoes cutting through the water all evening in some much-needed and welcomed sunlight. I am so impressed with everyone on the WI team. We are anxious to begin planning for building even greater reach and impact in our city.”
You can find coverage of Canoemobile in the news from Grand Rapids here.
And check out the City of Grand Rapids Press Conference featuring Mayor Rosalynn Bliss!
Wilderness Inquiry looks forward to returning to Grand Rapids to reach thousands more youth and community members!