Discover Somerville's urban wilderness from the water
Explore Somerville 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!
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
What To Expect
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
Boston is a maritime city, famous for the role of its harbor at key moments in our nation's history and home to one of the principal shipping ports on the east coast. Boston Harbor is located at the mouth of the Charles River in Massachusetts Bay, part of the Atlantic Ocean, making it the only US state capital with an ocean coastline. The harbor is an amazing natural resource, providing important habitat for numerous aquatic and bird species and significant recreational opportunities in Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. Since the city's founding, the Boston Harbor has been continuously modified through the gradual filling of tidal areas, more than tripling the inner city's land area. The health of the Charles, Neponset, and Mystic Rivers and the bay have also been significantly affected due to sewage and runoff as Boston's population has grown, but in recent years infrastructure improvements have greatly improved water quality in the harbor.
No Dates Scheduled
Canoemobile may have just passed through, or we are amidst planning future events!