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John A. Pavoncello

Fifth-grade students from Eastern York School District spent a day learning about the Susquehanna River during a program from Wilderness Inquiry.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the students learned about the history surrounding the river, the native people who lived there and the river's environmental connection to the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The program normally includes instruction in safe paddling and a trip on the river in 24-foot Voyager canoes, but high water and strong currents kept the students on land. 

The "Canoemobile" program is run by Minnesota-based nonprofit Wilderness Inquiry. Wilderness Inquiry connects people to the natural world through shared outdoor experiences. It partners with organizations such as the National Park Service and highlights the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and the Chesapeake Bay Program, which teaches the importance of the river to the bay. 

Sessions will be held Thursday for Columbia and homeschool students. The public is invited to attend an open session 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, 41 Walnut St., Columbia.