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Canoemobile inspires future conservation leaders!

This article originally appeared in the United States Department of Agriculture’s blog by Leah Anderson.

A young girl looks fearfully at the large wooden canoe bobbing on the water. She steps into the canoe and it moves. She yelps, and is given a reassuring smile by her boat captain. She gets settled holding her paddle tightly, convinced with every movement that the canoe will capsize. (more…)

Getting in the boat together with Canoemobile on the Chattahoochee River

Yesterday we had a special guest named Aimee Copeland come out to paddle with Canoemobile on the Chattahoochee River near Atlanta. We warn you in advance that this story may encourage you to do things that you didn’t think you could.

Aimee is an amazing young woman who garnered national attention a few years ago when a zip line accident occurred in a river near her friend’s house. While in the air, the zip line broke and Amy fell into the river where she received a deep gash in her leg. Unfortunately, the water harbored a flesh-eating bacteria which resulted in an amputation of her left leg up to her hip, and another amputation of her right leg below her knee. The doctors also had to eventually amputate both of her hands. (more…)

Rochester elementary students begin their journey with the Zumbro River

Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile visited Rochester for the first time this year in a statewide push to connect more kids in Greater Minnesota to their local waterways and public lands.

With the help of Minnesota’s Legacy Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund and Rochester Public Schools’ Riverside Elementary principal, Matt Ruzek, this fall’s Canoemobile program on the Zumbro River will be the first of a series of Wilderness Inquiry (WI) experiences for the 240 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. (more…)

Hurricane Matthew does not dampen spirits of Canoemobile participants

With support from Toad&Co and the National Park Foundation, Canoemobile is connecting 1,000 individuals with disabilities to their local parks in 2016. Through this initiative, nine freshmen students in the special education program at Brooklyn’s Abraham Lincoln High School experienced overnight camping for their first time with Canoemobile.

This is their story by Canoemobile outdoor leader, Mike Hosken. (more…)

Partners come together to inspire stewardship in Boston

To make the biggest impact possible in each city Canoemobile visits, every day of paddling relies on a collective effort of community support and deep partnerships with local, state and federal organizations and agencies.

This year, Canoemobile Boston/Somerville introduced more than 1,000 community members to their Charles, Mystic, and Neponset Rivers with the support of Toad&Co, the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, US Forest Service, RBC Wealth Management, Groundwork Somerville, city schools, nonprofits, and local and state lawmakers. (more…)

A Toad&Co and Canoemobile story from Portland, Maine

Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile visited Portland, Maine for the very first time thanks to Toad&Co, an adventure clothier that generously supports Canoemobile to create outdoor opportunities for adults with disabilities. With the help of Toad&Co’s Freeport store general manager, Ponch Membreño, Canoemobile paddled Casco Bay with local community members including families and adults with visual impairments and cognitive disabilities.


Canoemobile connects Chicago kids and adults to their local public lands and waterways

In partnership with Openlands, a Chicago organization that connects residents to their public lands and waterways, Canoemobile spent a week in Chicago paddling with more than 675 local community members of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Canoemobile hosted several free Chicago community events this September taking anyone in the area who wanted to paddle out on our 24-foot Voyageur canoes at Beaubien Woods, Ping Tom Park, Humboldt Park and Jackson Park.

Through these events, Canoemobile assisted Openlands in their mission to connect local residents to nature with the goal of enriching people’s lives and inspiring stewardship for the health of the region.


#Canoemobile2016: The story behind the photo

Outdoor leader, Cory Dack shares her Canoemobile story.

“This photo captures one of my favorite moments of the entire Canoemobile week.

I had just yelled, “First and second graders get to go canoeing first! If you’re coming canoeing right now, follow me over here!” Then a little boy broke away from the circle and RAN to me, IMMEDIATELY threw his arms around me and hugged me with all of his little-love-might. His hug set a precedent and all of the other kids followed suit. They were all hugging me so hard, and more and more of them latched on to me that they almost knocked me over. It was such a massive, completely impromptu show of the type of unconditional love that children have radiating from within. (more…)

2016 Great River Race Results

Saturday, September 10 was the perfect early fall day for Wilderness Inquiry’s 6th Annual Great River Race. At 9 a.m., St. Paul’s Hidden Falls Regional Park was abuzz with energetic teams ready to race down the Mississippi River in 24-foot Voyageur canoes to Lilydale Regional Park. During the event, more than 350 people paddled, watched and volunteered to support Canoemobile Minnesota, a Wilderness Inquiry program that connects more than 15,000 local kids to outdoor opportunities annually.

View photo gallery and download images from the race.


Sally Jewell celebrates National Park Service’s birthday with WI

This article originally appeared in the Star Tribune by Shannon Prather.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell marveled at the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, the nation’s first, and hiked the rugged wilderness at Glacier National Park, one of the most pristine.

Then she came to Minnesota to gush about a 72-mile stretch of the Mighty Mississippi — an urban national park site as much defined by the 3 million people on its doorstep as the scenery it frames and the wildlife that navigates its waters.


Creator of the Voyageur Canoes honored at Science Museum of MN on 100th Anniversary of NPS

On the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, we opened the newly remodeled NPS Visitor Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota today. It was a great event hosted by the Mississippi Park Connection. What made this event extra special for Wilderness Inquiry is that one of the exhibits is an interactive paddling experience in a Voyageur canoe. But it’s not just any canoe, it’s one of the first Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur canoes designed and built by friend and former staff member Al Gustaveson. In fact, that canoe was named after him, and now it is a very cool, permanent exhibit at the Science Museum. (more…)

Canoemobile expands to provide outdoor access for more people than ever before

Wilderness Inquiry’s mission of connecting everyone to the outdoors continues with Canoemobile’s fall 2016 tour. We’re reaching more communities and serving more diverse populations than ever before.

See the full Canoemobile schedule.

In addition to regular stops this fall in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington D.C., Canoemobile’s outdoor educators will visit new cities including: St. Louis, Missouri; Jacksonville, Florida; Dayton, Ohio; and Rochester, Minnesota. (more…)

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