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Thousands of urban students from the Greater Philadelphia region will get a hands on learning experience when their curriculum goes from the classroom to the outdoors.

PHL17’s Zachery Lashway boards the Wilderness Inquiry Canoemobile with students from Anna Lingelbach for the unique outdoor learning experience put on by the National Par Service.

Sophie Sarkar of the National Park Service says, “This is about creating access to the rivers and also creating learning experience for the kids to get to know their local waterways and really reconnect and reclaim them as part of their landscape.”

In addition to Wilderness Inquiry, a non-profit adventure travel organization, there are more than 60 local partner organizations that also come out for the event to teach students environmental education.

Eighth grader Effy Kameika says, “I felt relaxed and also empowered by the experience.”

Effy’s peer Olesia explains how the experience was amazing and very insightful.