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Press Release: Canoemobile ‘Floating Classroom’ Coming to Lake Merced, Stow Lake

Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile Returns to San Francisco to Connect Communities to Paddling Experiences on Lake Merced and Stow Lake

MINNEAPOLIS (March 27) – Minnesota-based nonprofit Wilderness Inquiry is bringing its nationally-recognized Canoemobile program to San Francisco, CA, April 1–6, 2023, where it will connect more than 300 youth and families to Lake Merced and Stow Lake. 

Often described as a “floating classroom,” Canoemobile provides immersive, educational outdoor experiences for thousands of youth annually. Students and families participate in near-nature learning from the seat of a 10-person canoe while paddling on waterways close to where they live. Since 2010, Canoemobile has provided more than 175,000 participants across the country with hands-on water recreation and the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive outside. 

Canoemobile Programming – Photo Opportunities Available


Wilderness Inquiry is partnering with San Francisco Recreation and Parks and the YMCA of San Francisco to bring Canoemobile to the area. Funding for Canoemobile is made possible in part by Hydro Flask’s Parks For All program.

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About Wilderness Inquiry

Wilderness Inquiry provides opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to connect with nature and one another through a range of outdoor adventures so that all people can equitably experience the benefits of time spent in nature. Wilderness Inquiry has served more than 500,000 people and leads the outdoor recreation industry to provide equitable access to outdoor adventures throughout North America and worldwide. Headquartered in St. Paul, MN, Wilderness Inquiry owns a base camp on the south shore of Lake Superior in the Apostle Islands, operates in 32 states and 10 countries, and promotes inclusion, active learning, and meaningful connections to the natural world. Learn more at

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