Kids needed for Texas River School’s free River Sense canoe program

Texas River School has 200 spots in its free River Sense program for kids.
Texas River School has 200 spots in its free River Sense program for kids.

The Texas River School is looking for groups of kids who want to take a free half-day canoe and river safety class.

Classes were cancelled due to rain earlier this summer and funding must be used this year.
Classes were cancelled due to rain earlier this summer and funding must be used this year.

The non-profit school, based in Austin, had to cancel many of its River Sense programs earlier this summer due to rain. Now the non-profit organization has excess funding that it will lose if it doesn’t use by the end of the year.

The River Sense program offers kids who normally don’t have access to water get out and learn how to safely enjoy and protect our rivers.

Two hundred free spots are available. The half-day class includes a canoe trip on Lady Bird Lake, trip planning information, river etiquette and docking techniques.

Because of weather, holidays and school, the trips should be scheduled by the end of October.

The Texas River School has taken nearly 5,000 kids on the river during nearly 200 canoe trips. One of its main missions is to connect children with nature.

The class is open to groups of 30.
The class is open to groups of 30.

Ideal candidates for the program are under-served youth ages 8 to 15 including girls, physically challenged children and those from economically challenged families.

The program is eligible to groups of 30 students that can provide their own transportation. Students must be able to attend classes from 9 a.m. until noon on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Participants must take an online River Quiz, at texasriverschool.org/river-sense/, before they go out on the water.

For more information, email joe@texasriverschool.org.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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