The REC will not be open this holiday weekend, July 4 and 5.
Stay tuned for details on our summer 2020 schedule! You may check back for updates or follow us on social media.
Saturday and Sunday | 10am - 4pm
The Root River Environmental Education Community Center (REC) was founded in 2008 as a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the City of Racine. Serving local residents, families, students, and youth groups, the REC seeks to promote appreciation, positive interaction, and responsible stewardship of the Root River and surrounding land (watershed) by providing residents and visitors with educational and recreational opportunities. In addition to offering kayak and canoe rentals during the summer season, the REC also hosts environmental education workshops for families, private events, and school field trips.
The REC is opened seasonally beginning the first week after Memorial day and ending the last week of September. We schedule private bookings on weekdays and evenings. Events and equipment rental are weather permitting.
The Root River Voyagers
Held in the mornings during the summer, this environmental program is designed for community members ages 9 and up. Sessions cover the basics of kayaking, canoeing, and environmental education topics including rain gardens, and water chemistry.
In the beginning of each school year, the REC, in partnership with Hawthorne Hollow, hosts and educates over 1,500 4th-grade Racine Unified School District students about the Root River watershed.
The REC is a site for annual Make-a-Difference Day activities in late October. Participants assist with trash removal from the Root River and surrounding land, yard maintenance, and winterizing the REC facility.
EVENTS AND ADVENTURE
If you are interested in planning a special event, please email or call to discuss specific needs, budgets, and reserve dates.
- Kayak and canoe tours
- Invasive species education and removal
- Volunteer activities
- Watershed education
- River animals programs
- Raingarden workshops
- Birthday parties
- School field trips
- Scouts badge workshops
- Family outings
- Summer camps
- Youth programs
- Corporate volunteer projects
EQUIPMENT RENTAL RATES
Individual Pass: $50
Family Pass: $90 with 4 members
Education center: $25 per hour
Center + equipment: $75 per hour
|Single Kayaks||$10 per hour||$8 per hour|
|Tandem Kayaks||$15 per hour||$12 per hour|
|Canoes||$15 per hour||$12 per hour|
ROOT RIVERS VOYAGERS
Summary of Root Rivers Voyagers 2019
Environmental Education Program Series
Ages: 9 yrs and up
When: Saturday 10 - 11:30am | June 1-August 24
Cost: One-time $10 registration fee
Registration: Sign up at the REC or email email@example.com
Attendance: It is not required for every workshop.
Certificates were awarded to participants!
June Voyage: Gardening and Boating
Environmental Education Manager
Laura Schulz | 262-595-2912 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the REC is to provide community members with opportunities to explore the Great Lakes and connected ecosystems through recreation, education, demonstration, and research.
REC Environmental Center
1301 W 6th St