Ticket To Float Summer Kayaking Program

The Youth Connection, in partnership with the National Park Service River Raisin National Battlefield Park, have kicked off the 3rd year of a program  to introduce urban youth to a day of Kayaking known as Ticket to Float (TTF).


This opportunity is being offered to youth-serving organizations daily (Mon. – Fri.) from through the end of August. During Ticket to Float, over 1,000 youth will receive intense instructions on how to kayak, educational experiences pertaining to the river and its rich automotive heritage, information on the Wyandotte Indian tribe, and how the area figured into the war of 1812.


They will also be provided with information on the vegetation that grew and currently grows along the river and what was edible and what was/is used for medicinal purposes along with the silica mining process. Ticket to Float is being sponsored by the National Park Service, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, River Raisin National Battlefield Foundation, Comcast Internet Essentials, Wayne County, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Outdoor Nation, Monroe Bank & Trust, City of Monroe, and the Wayne County Historical Society.

Ticket to Float Summer Kayaking Program Pictures

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Ticket to Float Recap!

Our Ticket to Float (TTF) program is sponsored by The River Raisin National Battlefield Park Foundation, Michigan DNR, and many more organizations. We took over 1,000 youth kayaking down the Huron River and taught them about local history, the Wyandot of Anderdon Nation, water quality and life in the early settlement days of southeastern Michigan. Take a look!

Ticket to Float - Kayaking

Ticket to Float - Water Quality Investigation

Ticket to Float Park guides Thomas Wolsek and Sarah Murphy explain how they teach the youth about checking the quality of water at the River Raisin National Battlefield Park.

Ticket to Float - Plant Vegetation

Ticket to Float Park guide Sydney Price explains how they teach the youth about the benefits and uses of plants found in Michigan.

Ticket to Float - Fur Trade

Ticket to Float - Faces of The War Games

Ticket to Float Park guide Maya Clark shares her experiences teaching the youth about the War of 1812 through fun games and activities.

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