Canoemobile is Coming!
Four days in June will be a festival of water exploration in northwest Ohio when the Wilderness Inquiry Canoemobile comes to town. Fun and educational programs are in the works for June 26 through June 29, 2019. Canoemobile is six over-size canoes, each 24-feet long. Experts will supervise all excursions and provide paddles and life jackets. Over the four days of activities, up to 1,200 people will have the opportunity to participate.
The first three days of Canoemobile (June 26 – 28) will focus on youth engagement and education. Young people will be invited through community centers, summer camp programs, and park districts with a focus on underserved communities in urban and rural school districts. Participants will be able to learn about water quality, watersheds, ecology, natural history, local culture, and history.
The final day, Saturday, June 29, will be a Watershed Festival open to the public. This event will include educational components along with arts, community outreach, public health, and more.
The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) is coordinating the programming with partners working throughout the greater Toledo area. Funding is through the U.S. EPA Urban Waters program. Exact locations for all events are being determined and will be announced with further details.
Background on Canoemobile
Canoemobile is a program of Wilderness Inquiry, which is based in Minneapolis, MN. In 2010, Canoemobile began expanding to visit other cities in the U.S. with a mobile fleet of canoes; 2019 will be the first time Canoemobile has come to the Toledo area.
Background on U.S. EPA Urban Waters Program
The Urban Waters program seeks to increase urban water quality and conservation by engaging urban communities to connect them to local water resources. The Western Lake Erie Basin is one of 19 Designated Urban Waters Locations in the U.S. Past Urban Waters projects in or near Toledo have focused on green stormwater infrastructure in urban areas and restoration of habitat in the Maumee Area of Concern.