FAIR HAVEN, NJ - Navesink Maritime Heritage Association is pleased to announce that its RIVER RANGERS canoeing program for CHILDREN AGE 10-14 is OPEN and taking REGISTRATIONS for its 2017 summer season.
RIVER RANGERS explore our local rivers in colorful wooden canoes for five days. These young River Rangers learn boating and teamwork skills, gain new friends, and obtain an understanding of the local maritime environment and wildlife. They will enjoy paddling, swimming, and learning something of the on-water and under-water life while having fun.
Each weekly program runs from Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 1:30PM. The program will run for five weeks: July 10-14, July 17-21, July 31-August 4, August 7-11, August 14-18.
To REGISTER or learn more about the River RangersSM program, parents/ grandparents/ guardians should go to navesinkmaritime.org/RiverRangers
Early in 2016 there was serious concern about the water quality of the Navesink, and out of an abundance of caution, NMHA cancelled the 2016 summer program. During that summer a number of organizations (Clean Ocean Action, Rutgers, the DPA, and others) did extensive research and concluded the following: 1. Pollution was caused mainly by run-off from surface drains after rain storms. 2. As the Navesink is a tidal estuary, within 24 hours the tides have swept away the pollution. This understanding has enabled NMHA to safely restart the River Rangers program for 2017 as the daily program will avoid those locations that are polluted after a rainstorm (of course, if lightning is forecast, the River Rangers get to land immediately. River Rangers participate in a land-based program for the duration of the lightning period/forecast).