Obed Announces Rock Climbing & Paddling Program for Sixth Grade Homeschooled Students

Morgan County students in kayaks

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News Release Date: May 2, 2017

Contact: Matt Hudson, (423) 346-6294

Contact: Daniel Banks, (423) 286-7275

Six years ago, with funding from a National Park Foundation Impact Grant, Obed Wild and Scenic River launched its “National Park in Your Backyard” program for Morgan County sixth grade students. As in previous years, the opportunity to participate in this program will be extended to sixth grade students that are homeschooled or who attend schools other than public schools.

As a part of this program, students spend half of the day underneath Lilly Bluff, where they will learn to use pulleys in a mechanical advantage system to hoist an adult into the air. They will also have the opportunity to try firsthand the rock climbing that draws visitors to the Obed from around the world. Students will spend the other half of the day along the banks of Clear Creek where they will learn to use aquatic organisms as a gauge of stream health. At this location, in calm water, they will also be given basic instruction in paddling canoes and kayaks. All necessary safety equipment, such as harnesses, helmets and lifejackets, will be provided.

To participate, students must be in the sixth grade and must attend school, whether in a home or other non-public school setting, in Morgan County. The total number of participants will be limited to 50 and the program will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

To sign up, please call the park office at (423) 346-6294, or email Matt Hudson, at matt_hudson@nps.gov. Enrolled participants should meet park staff at Lilly Bridge at 9 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday, May 23. Each student must have a parent, teacher or other adult guardian present who will be responsible for that student. Students should bring drinking water, a lunch, sturdy footwear, sunscreen and a change of clothing if desired. The program should conclude around 3 p.m.

Please contact the park at (423) 346-6294 for additional information.

Last updated: May 2, 2017

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