Paddle the Chicago River, remove litter and monitor wildlife with Shedd conservation experts.
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Discover Chicago’s emerging “blue-green corridor”
In Shedd Aquarium’s Kayak for Conservation program, we invite you to join us on one of two programs in which you’ll paddle along the North Branch Canal of the Chicago River and visit Shedd’s River Islands, new, uniquely designed floating habitat. Along the way, you’ll learn about the Chicago River ecosystem, discover the native flora and fauna above and below the water’s surface and learn how this new habitat is benefiting native wildlife.
$40 per person / $34 Shedd members
The River Explorers program is a two-hour, entry-level paddling experience focused on acquainting participants with the Chicago River, the threats it faces and ways to take action. Guided by Shedd experts, participants will engage in invertebrate and litter monitoring and gain the knowledge to become advocates of Chicago’s “blue-green corridor” while contributing important conservation data.
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Got a Scout troop, school group, or corporate team? The River Explorers option is available for groups of up to 15 for a flat rate of $600. Discounted rates are available for not-for-profit organizations and schools. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information or call 312-939-2438 to register.
$50 per person / $42 Shedd members
The River Monitors program is for intermediate and advanced paddlers and includes a three-hour experience during which participants gain comprehensive knowledge of the Chicago River, with a deepened understanding of the river’s ecology. Guided by a Shedd expert in wildlife monitoring, participants learn and employ monitoring protocols that contribute critical conservation data for the health of the Chicago River.
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