Bike & Boat Adventures Program Wins National Recognition

Receives “Kids and Trails Award” at 2015 International Trails Symposium

Bike & Boat Adventures Program Wins National Recognition

Bike & Boat Adventures, Wildlands Conservancy’s biking and canoeing program highlighting the nature and history of the Lehigh River, recently was recognized by American Trails, the national nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests.NationalAwardSeal

At the 2015 International Trails Symposium held May 17-20 in Portland, Or., Wildlands’ Bike & Boat Adventures program won American Trails’ “Kids and Trails Award” for efforts to engage children and youth in outdoor experiences using trails.

Christopher Kocher, president of Wildlands says, “As the premiere nonprofit land trust of the Lehigh Valley and Lehigh River watershed, Wildlands is honored to be nationally recognized. We are grateful to meaningfully connect our community with the beautiful natural resource that is our Lehigh River, and furthermore, inspire its continued protection.”

The program, hosted in the metro-wilderness of Sand Island, Allentown and Canal Park, Bethlehem, is a model of experiential environmental education programming and has connected tens of thousands of kids to trails for nearly fifteen years. It encourages intellectual and ethical development, personal growth, civic and social responsibility, and serves as an introduction to life-long, healthy recreational activities. Since its inception, almost 40,000 participants – young and old, seasoned and not – have taken part.