Kentucky Water Week 2017
The Kentucky Division of Water reached out to us to be a partner for Water Week, a week of events across the state curated to promote and preserve Kentucky's vast network of waterways. We also helped them in the creation of ARCGIS story map. The day kicked off at Romanza Johnson Park where participants engaged in a paddle safety training courtesy of Nat's Outdoor Store and Explore Kentucky Initiative crew members/ American Canoe Association paddlesports instructors, David and Dennis Hudson, Shara Sumner, & Scott Workman. Over 65 people took to the water to paddle the 6+ mile trip to Phil Moore Park, where the land portion of the Watershed Festival kicked up off with educational booths, activities, and raffle prizes that served close to 200 people.
Explore Kentucky director, Gerry James and affiliates, Matt and Melinda Walker helped promote and work members and American Canoe Association instructors Shara Sumner, David and Dennis Hudson, and Scott Workman coached new paddlers on various technique, paddle strokes, as well identifying river features, hazards and river signals.
Over 50 individuals floated for free of charge in canoes and kayaks provided by Western Kentucky University's Outdoor Recreation Center.
Explore Kentucky in the role of as an affiliate club of the United States Canoe Association helped provide insurance coverage for the paddling portion of the festival.
- Participants received a passport that was stamped at every station for every activity they created. Once the participant had a full passport, they were eligible for various prizes such as life jackets, gift cards, and the grand prize, a recreational kayak.
Date: October, 8 2016
Ages served: 5 yrs old+