Chicago, Little Calumet River
Explore Chicago from a new perspective
Explore Chicago with Canoemobile! Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile is a fleet of vans each with six, handmade, 24-foot Voyageur canoes, safety and paddle equipment, and a crew of outdoor educators. The centerpiece of the Canoemobile is integrated classroom and outdoor education experiences utilizing under-appreciated urban resources, especially urban waterways. Canoemobile programming and educational activities operate in collaboration with local, state, and federal partners. Enjoy the company of others, work as a team, and learn about the watershed in your backyard!
For standard meeting places and times, see Dates & Fees tab.
Students arrive at location
Wilderness Inquiry welcome activity
Program partners facilitate rotating activity stations like:
> watershed modeling
> water quality testing
> fish and wildlife
> team building
Wilderness Inquiry facilitates paddling experience:
> water safety
> paddle/equipment instruction
> a paddle lasting about 30 minutes
Reflection and closing activity
Travel, Terrain, Etc...
You will be paddling in 24-foot Voyageur canoes, following the river's shorelines. The Voyageur canoes hold 6-10 paddlers. They are stable boats, designed specifically for safe trips on big water. Paddling distance varies depending upon the route. It is active but not strenuous.
Wilderness Inquiry outdoor educators are experienced boat captains that provide paddle and safety instructions. One boat captain will be with each canoe to steer the boat, ensure safety, and facilitate a fun experience for everyone!
Program partners will lead land-based activities surrounding urban water topics. Youth will rotate among the activity stations and paddling in canoes.
For clothing and gear, it is important to consider the weather.
Here is a list of suggested items:
- Rain jacket/poncho (WI will have ponchos available)
- Jacket or sweater
- Shoes that you are willing to get a little dirty
- Water bottle (WI will have drinking water available)
- Hat to protect you from the sun and rain
- Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses
- Camera in a plastic bag to keep it dry
- Day pack
Chicago has an incredible urban wilderness that supports the city from rivers and lakes to parks and rooftops. A true hidden gem is found in the wild and pristine Skokie Lagoons. Previously a wetland marsh, a peat bog, and a lake during flood seasons, the Skokie Lagoons have been restored as a series of water bodies connected to the Skokie River. Gorgeous great blue herons and double-crested cormorants circle above you while paddling. Also notable is a system of rivers and canals known as the Calumet River. Heavily used by industries, this network of waterways boast incredible views of the city. The Chicago River, running right through downtown and out to Lake Michigan, is also a prominent feature and a unique vantage point from which to see Chicago's incredible architecture.
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