Have you ever been out on a river, in a canoe? Have you ever paddled along, bobbing along with the current, the only sound you hear the water around and leaves from the shore?
For many people in today’s urban areas, this is just something they see on TV – they have never had the chance to go out into nature, let alone on a river.
Here in Atlanta, we are blessed to have the Chattahoochee River so close that such a trip is only a few minutes away, but even then, many children or adults with disabilities just cannot typically make the trek.
It was with this in mind that CNC invited Canoemobile by Wilderness Inquiry over. This Minnesota-based group travels the country introducing children and the needy to nature. In Canoemobile’s case, it does this through – you guessed it – going on the river.
Between Nov. 1 – 8, CNC hosted several school groups of all ages and throughout the metro region, many of whom had never been in a canoe before.
“We try to get people who don’t have much access to waterway in our areas,” said Cory Dack, Outdoor Leader and Canoemobile Primary Leader. “We act as that connection – bridges between the typical urban city dwellers and nature.”
She said children from inner-city schools need access to nature more than anyone, for their own mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing.
“Being out in nature impacts your overall health,” she said.
The canoes used in Canoemobile are 24-foot-long “Voyageur” canoes, capable of fitting a dozen kids at once, all paddling together. This makes fielding classes of children possible and fun.
And CNC, located right on the Chattahoochee River, is a prime location to launch, with many of the area’s schools already familiar with CNC and its programming.
Canoemobile fits in perfectly with CNC and its mission of connecting people with nature and we are proud to host them! We will see them next year! #Canoemobile2016
The Mission of the Chattahoochee Nature Center is to connect people with nature. Learn more at www.chattnaturecenter.org.