Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile was recently featured in The Michigan City News-Dispatch. Read an excerpt of the article, by Jon Gard, below.
KINGSBURY — Like generations of American Indians and French fur traders who preceded them, hundreds of school children climbed aboard canoes and paddled the Kankakee River this week to learn about the environment and area history.
For many, it was their first visit to the river.
“Ooh, the water is cold,” one Indian Trail fourth-grader said as she reached her hand over the gunwale.
More than 175 students rode buses each day from area schools to the boat launch at Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area as part of Kankakee River Days – nearly 900 for the week.
Smaller groups took turns visiting stations on shore to learn from experts about water quality, ecology, soil erosion, water safety and the history of the Grand Kankakee Marsh as they waited to shove off in 24-foot canoes on 30-minute trips, first upstream and then back.
Matt Jones, who dressed as a French voyageur and kept a small campfire along the river’s edge, talked earnestly about the history of the river and the surrounding marsh. He referred to himself as “Jean-Luc.”
“Bon voyage!” he shouted as the canoes drifted into the water current one by one.
Read more at The Michigan City News-Dispatch.