2017 IP EcoChallenge Trips Bring Smiles to Students


Two small groups of students from Winridge Elementary and Soulsville Charter Schools boarded buses on May 16th (Winridge) and 17th (SCS) for an exciting IP=sponsored trip out to Fayette County and the wildlands of the Wolf River.  First stop was the William B. Clark Preserve in Rossville for a walk on the boardwalk and a look at a real bottomland hardwood swamp.  From there the students traveled on the Bateman Bridge to board the shuttle which took them upstream to the Fayette Co. Rod and Gun Club, which generously allows us to use their property as the launch point for our rafts.  The kids had a picnic lunch while sitting in the rafts on land, then were outfitted with PFD's and given basic safety and paddling instructioins before launching.  Although the water level was quite low, which was especially frustrating for our outstanding river guides Jim Gafford, Richard Sojourner, and Lee Gallagher, the kids had a wonderful and memorable adventure and many said they'd like to return one day.



Posted by Cathy Justis at 11:47 AM