The Boys & Girls Club’s First Canoe Trip

by Eric McKee
August 2013

The Baylands has a rich history of boating activity and even the EcoCenter has nautical roots from its earlier days as the home of the Sea Scouts.

Recently, on a morning when the tides were just right and the winds were calm enough, 12 eager youths from the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula paddled out into the sloughs of the Palo Alto Baylands for their first time.

On August 3rd, the Environmental Volunteers piloted their maiden voyage of the Canoe Ecology program to engage students and the community in a new way: by the bay! Students and volunteers were delighted at the sounds of shorebirds, sightings of leopard sharks, and the texture of bay mud.

This program was made possible by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as part of a settlement with Cosco Busan after the oil spill in 2007. The program gives local children and community members the opportunity to interact with their local environment on a different level. New perspectives were gained from the water’s surface, and students were excited to try a new aerobic activity as a healthy and fun way to experience nature!

An additional trip is scheduled for August 31, although space is limited. Please contact for more information and to learn other ways to get involved with the EV.

Special thanks to Marine Science Institute and the staff of the City of Palo Alto Open Space Preserve for assisting with this program!

Photo by Eric McKee