National Park Service Welcomes Canoemobile Tour

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On Saturday, October 29, Canoemobile, a traveling environmental program that engages people in introductory outdoor experiences, will host a day of outdoor fun at the Lincoln Shields Recreation Area in West Alton, Missouri, with “Canoe-n-Boo,” a family-friendly event that features activities such as living history, bird watching, water safety, and paddling a 24-foot Voyageur canoe. The public is invited to don their Halloween costumes or dress in celebration of autumn for this special outdoor adventure. No registration or experience is necessary; guests may simply stop by and learn how to paddle as part of a Voyager canoe team.

All ready to go for a canoe ride. Al Bilger/NPS

All ready to go for a canoe ride.
Al Bilger/NPS

“Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is excited to partner with Canoemobile and other partner agencies to offer people in the St. Louis region some fun in the outdoors and the thrill of paddling on the river,” says Rhonda Schier, Chief of Museum Services and Interpretation at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. “The National Park Service and our partners are dedicated to teaching people of all ages how to enjoy the wonders of nature, enjoy outdoor exercise and discover new ideas for recreation. We are honored to help bring Canoemobile to our park neighbors as we promote Healthy Parks and Healthy People.”

Canoemobile events are coordinated across the country by Wilderness Inquiry, which provides outdoor recreation and education for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Partners for the St. Louis area experience include the National Park Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who collaborate to deliver the water- and land-based activities.

WHAT: Canoe-n-Boo
WHEN: Saturday, October 29, 2016
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Lincoln Shields Recreation Area, 14701 US 67, West Alton, MO 63368
PRICE: Free. Reservations are not required.
CONTACT: Call 314-655-1614 or visit www.nps.gov/jeff for more information.

In addition to the October 29 event that is open to the public, Cannoemobile will host special events for ParaQuad, Veterans Recreational Therapy Group, Cleveland Academy ROTC, Maplewood-Richmond Heights Middle School and Lift for Life Charter School during the week of October 24 – 29.

ABOUT CANOEMOBILE: Canoemobile brings environmental literacy to underserved youth, people with disabilities, and community members through experiences on public lands and waterways. Since 2010, Canoemobile has served more than 125,000 participants. Research conducted by the University of Minnesota shows that Canoemobile helps improve participants’ engagement in learning and teamwork, communication and leadership skills. The program model aims to keep participants involved with nature from day trips to overnight camping, to internships, college scholarships and career opportunities in the outdoor sector. Visit www.wildernessinquiry.com/canoemobile for more information.

ABOUT JEFFERSON NATIONAL EXPANSION MEMORIAL: The Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse are part of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, located on the riverfront in downtown St. Louis. The Gateway Arch features the Journey to the Top tram ride, The Arch Store and Monument to the Dream documentary movie. It is open daily, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Old Courthouse, which features westward expansion exhibits, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Most programs are FREE of charge and open to the public. Programs and events at the park are made possible by the generous support from our cooperating association, Jefferson National Parks Association, and Bi-State Development. To purchase Arch tickets, go online to www.gatewayarch.com, or call 877-982-1410, or visit the Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center at the Old Courthouse. The Arch’s museum is closed for renovations until 2017.