Canoemobile Watershed Festival
Four days in June will focus on fun, educational water exploration on the Maumee River when the Wilderness Inquiry Canoemobile comes to northwest Ohio.
After three days of fun and education for students June 26-28, Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. will be the Canoemobile Watershed Festival for all ages. Meet at the boat launch at Walbridge Park behind the Toledo Zoo parking lot on Broadway Street . On land, there will be activity stations with art activities and public health information, informational booths from community partners, and food trucks. On the water, groups will be able to explore the Maumee River from the big canoes of Wilderness Inquiry. They will provide expert paddlers and all safety gear for a fun, safe trip on the big river.
For the student portion of Canoemobile June 26-28, young people ages 10 to 18 are invited to participate through neighborhood groups and agencies. TMACOG and its partners are specifically reaching out to populations in both urban and rural areas who don’t have easy access to water recreation.
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. Contact Sara Guiher for details: 419.241.9155 ext. 1147.
TMACOG is coordinating the programming with partners working throughout the greater Toledo area. Funding is through the U.S. EPA Urban Waters program. TMACOG will be joined by community partners including:
• Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful
• Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District
• The Mannik & Smith Group
• Metroparks Toledo
• National Museum of the Great Lakes
• ODNR Scenic Rivers
• The Olander Park System
• Partners for Clean Streams
• City of Toledo
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.