Rolling on the River

College of DuPage, Prairie State Canoeists and other local organizations team up to honor Veterans!

An idea has blossomed into an opportunity….A way to create a unique venue to introduce veterans to the awesome world of paddle-sports; to provide a re-connection with the natural world while learning an exciting new skill!  Participants will have an opportunity to build a relationship with local paddlers and learn about some of the numerous paddling options available in northern Illinois.

The program is free of charge and includes the necessary paddling equipment and support; there will be a limited number of openings available for Wounded Warriors with special needs.  Space is limited to the first 50 veterans who apply.   Veterans may register by calling the Field and Experiential Learning Office at COD - 630-942-2787.

The event will take place on June 1, 2014 starting at 9:00 am in Oswego, IL on the Fox River.  While car shuttles are completed, veteran participants will meet with American Canoe Association Certified Canoe and Kayak Instructors to learn basic paddling techniques and safety skills. Then veterans will pair up with canoe club members who will be their mentors.  The group will then paddle downstream approximately 6 miles to the Marge Cline Whitewater Park in Yorkville where they will be treated to a grilled steak dinner (Volunteers included!).

 For volunteer opportunities, please contact Tom Lindblade or Steve LaPorte.