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Paddle for Patriots

Thank you for making these events happen

Veteran Adventures Program Coordinator Greg Nejmanowski paddled the entire length of the Mississippi River this summer to raise awareness of and support for the Program.  Thanks to the generosity of almost 300 donors, he raised $25,500 to make these events and other upcoming events possible.  

Team River Runner Southern Illinois (So-IL) Kayak Clinics

SIU Touch of Nature’s Veteran Adventures Program, along with the SIU Student Recreation Center hosts three upcoming kayak clinics with TRR-SoIL, Wednesdays, February 26, March 25 and April 29 from 6 -8 p.m.

• Learn kayaking basics, paddle strokes and much more while having fun in the process.
• Kayaks, outriggers, adaptive and nonadaptive paddles, universal paddling seats and personal flotation devices (PFDs) provided.
• Please bring swimsuits, optional goggles or nose plugs, water socks or shoes, and towels.

Free to veterans and their families.  Register for each individual session at the links below:

February 26
March 25
April 29

For questions, contact Ethan Blumhorst at ethan.blumhorst@teamriverrunner.org.


Veteran Adventures is a veterans program started by SIU’s Touch of Nature.  Our mission is to help ease the transition from military life to civilian life through powerful outdoor expeditions and events.  These expeditions and events are free and open to all veterans, current service members, members of the National Guard/Reserves and ROTC, and are made possible thanks to the generosity of the community through donations and various fundraising efforts by both Touch of Nature and its Veteran Adventures program.