NUHS students start canoeing on the Minnesota River. (Graham Wilkins)
NUHS students start canoeing on the Minnesota River.

Graham Wilkins

New Ulm students canoe down the Minnesota River

Skipping the first half of the school day never felt better!

October 19, 2021

With the bright sun and Minnesota air around them, NUHS students in the Lifetime Activities class spent their Tuesday morning canoeing down the Minnesota River. Traveling a total of 4 miles, the students learned the basics of teamwork and rowing, both of which are essential to staying on course. Minnesota DNR Naturalist Scott Kudelka guided the class during their time on the water, along with giving the students a few history lessons about the river itself.

Lifetime Activities teacher Mr. Lieser originally organized the event with the hopes of teaching kids about a new activity that could be beneficial to their health. “You could do this for a lifetime,” Lieser said. “You can be 60-70 and still go canoe or kayak. It’s easy on the joints but still makes up for a good workout.”

Canoeing or kayaking can also be a nice escape from reality. The natural scenery and isolation from people make for a very stress-free environment and experience. The experience was a nice mental refresher for students and a nice way to get some physical activity.


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