Getting Kids Ready for Water
River Explorers first came about in 2013, as River Kids, with help from the National Park Service, Legacy Partners in Environmental Education, the Alabama RC&D Council Association, and the Calhoun County Commission. We had a simple but important goal of introducing the youth of Alabama to the outdoors with an emphasis on water- education, safety, and stewardship through simple dry land activities.
Today, we’ve established a new iteration of that original program by putting together a simple course that teaches kids how to put on a PDF, sit in a kayak, hold a paddle, and often include a throw-bag demonstration. We’re excited to refocus on this initiative with new partners and ideas for engaging Alabama’s youth in water recreation.
River Explorers at Montgomery Whitewater Haystack Festival
Alabama Scenic River Trail partnered with Montgomery Whitewater for their Haystack Festival on Oct 21. During the festival ASRT offered the River Explorers on land kayaking experience to kids between 6-12 years old. The two experiences that were offered were a throw bag demonstration, and a basic kayaking skills and PFD series. Ten kids participated and were awarded a certificate of completion, safety whistle and glow stick. ASRT looks forward to broadening this program in conjunction with MWW and other affiliates.