We combined fun with environmental stewardship during our “Canoe Believe It!” Event Saturday, May 18, 2019 on the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Members of the Avomeen team and some of their adventurous family members canoed along the Huron River from Gallup Park Canoe Liveries. While canoeing and enjoying the Huron River is an activity that many Ann Arbor residents participate in throughout the summer, we took it one step further by partnering with GIVE 365, the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Volunteer and Outreach Program, to clean up the trash that accumulates in and along the river. Our volunteers paired up in a canoes, each with a trash picker in hand to retrieve trash, and it was just as much fun as it sounds!
Our volunteers were even able to snag an old buoy (pictured below) along with bottles and cans, plastic, cardboard, and styrofoam. After all was said and done, our crew managed to pull 95.3 pounds of trash from the water while having a ton of fun!
These trips are funded by a grant from the Michigan DEQ, and we would like to thank both the Michigan DEQ and GIVE 365 for providing us with the opportunity to come together and serve our community. We plan to partner with GIVE 365 for a river clean-up at least once per year, and are already looking forward to our next trip!
We would like to encourage everyone to be good stewards to the planet and leave anywhere you visit better than how you found it. It can be as simple as avoiding plastic water bottles by always keeping a reusable bottle with you or picking up a few pieces of plastic while going for a walk around your neighborhood. You’ll find yourself saying “Canoe believe how much trash I collected!”
We’re doing our part to inspire the next generation of scientific leaders. Check out our blog, Chemistry is FUNdamental Educational Program, for some more information on our 2019 educational outreach program.
We’ve got big brains – and big hearts! Giving back to our community is high on our priority list. Take a look at our blog, Giving is our Jam Food & Fund Drive, to find out more about our 2019 efforts to support a local food bank.