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Come Launch with us!

And join us for our Plein Air Water Panel!

This spring we were awarded the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Grant to support offering the Kaw River Canoe Workshop with KU professor, Thomas Huang for the second time. This is an 8 week workshop offered in partnership with KU School of Architecture where the students build canoes using CNC milled plywood, locally harvested bamboo, and recycled plastic bags. We are working very hard to finish these beautiful boats and take them for a float on the river.

Please join us at 4pm, Saturday August 19th at the River Front Park at River Mile 54 on the Kaw to launch these unique canoes! Bring your canoe, kayak, paddle board, or alternative river craft to paddle and float with us to the KU boathouse. If you don’t have a boat, don’t worry! A few extra seats will be available on a first come, first serve basis, in kayaks and canoes generously supplied by The Friends of the Kaw.

A potluck picnic and Plein Air Water Panel will follow the float in Burcham Park. Tom will lead our panelists in a discussion about environmental water concerns and the importance of good river stewardship.

Plein Air Water Panelists are: Dawn Buehler with Friends of the Kaw, Jeanette Klamm with the City of Lawrence’s Utilities Department, Sarah Hill-Nelson with The Bowersock Mills and Power Co.

Additionally, the Kaw-tography class instructors will be joining us in the park to unveil the collaborative, interactive, and fantastical folding river map they’ve produced.

If you want to help get the canoes ready to launch, lend a hand, or want to learn more, please contact:

Otherwise we hope to see you on the river Saturday, August 19th!