Northwest Ohio’s First Canoemobile
For four days in June, the big canoes of Canoemobile entertained and educated people of all ages in northwest Ohio. The canoes were staffed by a team from Wilderness Inquiry based in Minneapolis. The events and programs were organized by TMACOG’s Water Quality department with the support and partnership of local governments and agencies and area park districts.
June 26-28 were Youth Engagement days. Young people were invited to sessions that included water quality testing, information about animals that live in the Maumee watershed, tips on how to reduce debris in our waterways, capped by a canoe tour on the mighty Maumee river. A total of 158 people participated. They included youths from the Junction Neighborhood, Boys and Girls Clubs, City of Toledo summer camps, and clubs from Toledo public housing groups.
The venues for Youth Engagement Days varied each day. The first day was at Cullen Park in Toledo’s Point Place. The second day was at the Middlegrounds Metropark in downtown Toledo, and the third day was at Farnsworth Metropark near Waterville.
Young paddlers and some adult companions at Cullen Park learned how to work
as a group.
This group from Junction Neighborhood was excited to take their first strokes away from the shore at Middlegrounds Metropark.
All paddlers had a training session before getting in the boat. They learned how to enter and exit the boats (low and slow) and how to use their paddles to turn, back,
and stop their canoes.
A family group enjoying a paddle at the Canoemobile Watershed Festival, June 28, 2019
Partners for Clean Streams helped families learn how to prevent pollution including
how to keep plastic debris from our waterways.
The seven-person staff of Wilderness Inquiry. They worked hard for four hot days
Thank you the outstanding partners that made 2019
• The Arts Commission
• Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful
• Lucas County Children Services
• Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District
• The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc.
• Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor
• Metroparks Toledo
• ODNR Scenic Rivers
• The Olander Park System
• Partners for Clean Streams, Inc.
• City of Toledo
• Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission
• Wood County Park District