RIVER RANGERS℠ : Summer Canoeing & Learning Program

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THE 2017 RIVER RANGERSSM PROGRAM

Statement from the NMHA Board and the River RangersSM Committee:

Saturday January 28, 2017.

After canceling River Rangers for the summer of 2016 due to water quality uncertainties, community wide effort has indicated that water quality will be acceptable for the joyful enjoyment of our river by the River Rangers. NMHA has worked hard to organize the River Rangers program for the summer of 2017.

To REGISTER, Click on your chosen week:

River Rangers 2017: July 10    River Rangers 2017: July 17    River Rangers 2017: July 31

River Rangers 2017: August 7    River Rangers 2017: August 14

Go HERE to learn more about the Navesink River water quality testing in 2016 and what was learned.

On March 22, 2017 NMHA hosted an information session on water quality and River Rangers at Bahrs in Highlands, NJ.

About River RangersSM

Put your children (age 10-14) into colorful wooden canoes and onto the water this summer.

As a River Ranger, they will explore the Navesink and Swimming Rivers, enjoy paddling, swimming, and learning something of the on-water and under-water life while having fun!

Canoes, life vests, paddles, and qualified, experienced adult supervision are all part of the package. Just add your children!

Navesink Maritime Heritage Association has offered the River Rangers program each summer for many years and won awards for the program. Certified teachers have many years experience managing River Rangers on the water.

The program runs each week Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 1:30PM.

Each year, NMHA offers five or six weeks to choose from, with up to 20 paddlers each week. NMHA holds an Informational Meeting for you and your River Rangers prior to the start of the program. This meeting provides you with detailed instructions for a successful on-water experience.

The materials provided include maps of the Navesink River with marked places to visit, bird charts, seining nets, log books for all, and more.

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NOTES:  

  • Participants must be able to swim. 
  • NMHA does not provide transportation to the starting (put-in) locations or from the ending (take-out) locations.  Parents/guardians receive a schedule of locations at the Informational Meeting.

The History of River Rangers

After NMHA built a number of wooden canoes during its Community Boat Building events, it became apparent that most participants could not make use of their canoes due to lack of river access and/or boating experience.

In 2002, NMHA organized the first Eco-Trip for Community Boat Building participants.  This 1-day canoe trip started on the Swimming River near Route 520 and ended at the Monmouth Boat Club. The paddlers were accompanied by experienced canoers and a local naturalist.

Just like the boat building programs, NMHA realized that trips like these were powerful settings for experiential education, but they needed some support and guidance. So NMHA developed a curriculum that resulted in the River Rangers program, which has been in continuous operation since 2004.

There is great variety and flexibility in these 5-day programs that use the brightly painted wooden canoes (with designs and painting by children and adults). Up to 20 children and two experienced counselors/instructors explore the Navesink and Swimming Rivers and Shadow Lake over the five days they are on the water. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NMHA owns a custom trailer that transports supplies for an entire River Rangers group, to and from the various river locations:  canoes, paddles, life jackets, and materials.

NMHA is available to consult on the development of customized River Rangers programs for other community and school organizations.

Explore the Navesink as a River Ranger

River Rangers is a multiday exploration program of the Navesink River and its inlets using canoes provided by NMHA. The instructors are fully qualified (CPR, Life Saving, etc) adult local teachers. Kids who sign up will have a five day on-the-water experience not to be forgotten.

River Rangers Description


See also:

Photos

River Rangers Memory Books     


Copyright © 2014 Navesink Maritime Heritage Association

Navesink Maritime Heritage Association is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving knowledge and appreciation of Monmouth County's maritime heritage through programs that teach wooden boat building and boat handling skills; through preserving the history of Monmouth County's wooden boat builders and other maritime history; and through the experiental on-the-water programs of River Rangers for middle school children and Sea Scout Ship Navesink for co-ed youth age 14-21.

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