July 22 to 24 the McKernan Child Care Society held their annual campout at De Graff’s Eco-Camp Resort, where Wild By Nature leaders Ingo Hentschel (aka Sponge Bob) and Connie Gottselig (aka Surf) taught lake canoeing, sea kayaking, environmental awareness, outdoor leadership, team building, eco-games, and a lot of camping and wilderness survival skills. The participants were very eager learners, proving once again that city kids are very much into learning more about being active in the outdoors. The WBN leaders were totally impressed with the great attitudes these children and their McKernon staff supervisors demonstrated throughout their stay at DeGraff’s. Everyone is looking forward to another great experience next summer at the 2010 McKernan Campout.
We are off to teach canoeing for four days (August 5 to 9) at the 16th Annual Outdoor Women’s Conference at Alfred Lake Conservation Education Centre for Excellence. This conference is incredible….lots of outdoor skills to learn and tons of fun! Check it out at www.aheia.com
Over the last couple of weeks we paddled through some wild rapids on the historic North Saskatchewan River, between Horburg and Rocky Mountain House, with the Lacombe 4-H Outsiders and Red Deer Junior Forest Warden Clubs. We all had a total blast and the participants were able to improve their river paddling skills. Both groups now feel comfortable running Class 1 and 2 rapids in open canoes and many were also able to practice their river rescue skills. Both clubs collected garbage along the river banks and the Red Deer JFW’s helped us (and the Paddle Alberta Environment Committee) dig a new outhouse hole on Devil’s Elbow. This outhouse is extremely valuable in terms of environmental impact, as the Devil’s Elbow is the most heavily used camping area along this section of the North Saskatchewan river. Wild By Nature Adventures and the Red Deer JFW Woodchucks are very proud to have been involved in helping to protect this environmentally sensitive area, and they also had a lot of fun repeatedly running the Devil’s Elbow wave trains and lining their canoes back up again.
We are off on another adventure. We will be rodeoing through the rapids of the North Saskatchewan River this weekend with the Lacombe 4-H Outsiders Club.
Our Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Course with the Red Deer Junior Forest Warden Woodchucks was an absolute blast! Everyone passed and was awarded Paddle Canada Certification. Don’t miss out on our next course this Saturday, July 4, 2009!