Get Ready for Canoemobile - June 26-29

Four days in June will focus on fun water exploration on the Maumee River when the Wilderness Inquiry Canoemobile comes to northwest Ohio.

Young people ages 10 to 18 are invited to participate in activities June 26-28. TMACOG and its partners are specifically reaching out to populations that don’t have easy access to water recreation in both urban and rural areas. TMACOG is inviting community centers, summer camp programs, and park districts serving young people to take part.

Experts will paddle the big canoes which can take several people at a time. All life vests and other equipment will be provided. Young boaters will have the opportunity to learn about water quality, watersheds, ecology, natural history, local culture, and history. Some transportation to the sites will be available. Call for details.

“If you work with young people, call TMACOG now to be a part of Canoemobile. We hope to provide a fun and educational experience on the water for up to 1,200 people over four days. Early registration is encouraged!”

-Sara Guiher, TMACOG water quality planner
419.241.9155 ext. 1147 or guiher@tmacog.org.

The first three days of Canoemobile focus on education and experience for young people participating through a local organization.
Wednesday, June 26 |Cullen Park
Thursday, June 27 | Middlegrounds Metropark
Friday, June 28 | Farnsworth Park

The last day will be a Maumee River Watershed Festival, open to the public
Saturday, June 29 | Walbridge Park boat launch (behind the Toledo Zoo parking lot on Broadway St.)

The Watershed Festival will include educational components along with arts, community outreach, public health, and more.

TMACOG is coordinating the programming with partners working throughout the greater Toledo area. Funding is through the U.S. EPA Urban Waters program.

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.

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