Over the last two weeks, Canoemobile paddled with more than 2,000 Philadelphia, Camden, and Wilmington students in our “floating classrooms” on their local rivers. Expanding our commitment to outdoor education in the tri-state region, we are returning to Chester and Reading in the next week. In addition, we have a very special community day, free and open to the public, on October 18 in Philadelphia on the Schuylkill River (full schedule below).
If you have not had the opportunity to see the Canoemobile in action, these videos from local news stations are worth a look:
- A Floating Classroom on the Schuylkill River, PHL 17 Philadelphia: Thousands of urban students from the Greater Philadelphia region will get a hands on learning experience when their curriculum goes from the classroom to the outdoors.
- Students explore Christina River through canoe program, WDEL 101.7 Wilmington: Students from local schools paddled the Christina River in canoes this week as part of a national environmental education program that is currently visiting communities in the tri-state area.
We could not reach so many students without the generous help of our local partners. The Lower Delaware Canoemobile program is an initiative of the Delaware River Urban Waters Federal Partnership; the programs are coordinated by the NPS Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program; supported by USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the EPA; hosted by local city agencies and parks departments; and assisted by a number of community-based organizations. We’re all in this boat together!
We were honored to received this note from Samuel Heed, Senior Historian and Director of Education, Kalmar Nyckel Foundation in Wilmington:
Please convey my thanks and deepest appreciation to Adreon Morgan and her entire Wilmington Canoemobile Crew. We’ve just now finished up two terrific days on the water and land with hundreds of kids and our many institutional partners. Your program is superb and it’s great to get so many young people connected to each other and their environment by paddling, but it is the special people of Wilderness Inquiry that make this experience extraordinary! Watching the incredible skill, finesse, and patience that Adreon and her team bring to every encounter – kids and adults; students and colleagues – has been inspirational to me and my team here at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation. What they do – day after day – is really hard and really exhausting, but they make it fun and make it look easy. In sharing their love of the outdoors and the importance of personal growth, Adreon and her team bring great credit to your organization, training, and founding mission. You and they are most assuredly making a difference – one program, one boat, and one encounter at a time! We here appreciate that difference.
Many thanks again for another wonderful year in Wilmington with your special Canoemobile program and the very special people who make it happen. Already looking forward to next year!
Canoemobile continues in the region over the next week. We’d love to have you paddle, observe, or volunteer at one of the events:
- Chester, PA, Darby Creek: Oct 15–16
- Philadelphia, PA, Schuylkill River Harvest Festival Community Day: Oct 18
- Reading, Schuylkill River: Oct 19–20
Special thanks to RBC Wealth Management-U.S. for their support of Canoemobile.