Paddling down the bayou

October 11, 2012 11:00 AM

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin

Bayou St. John paddle tour

Students explore Bayou St. John by canoe during a guided tour sponsored by the Reily Center's Outdoor Recreation office on Thursday (Oct. 4). (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

Just before sunset on a Thursday evening, 20 Tulane students climbed into canoes on Bayou St. John for a guided tour down the historic waterway. 

While many locals haven’t taken time to tour in their own back yard, Tulane students are taking advantage of the opportunity to explore with the help of the Reily Center’s Outdoor Recreation programs.

Justin Eiermann, assistant director of outdoor recreation at Reily, says the paddle tour is one of several outings offered to students each semester. The trips, however, are meant to be more than fun recreational activities.

“Of course the trips should be fun, but we also hope that it would provide an opportunity to explore and attain new skills such as paddling,” says Eiermann. “We also want to expose our students to the Gulf South since so many are from out of state.”

An airboat tour through the swamp, a fishing trip by boat and a camp-out on the quad are among the next available outings.

Trips are open to all Tulane students and require pre-registration and a small fee.  For a list of upcoming outings, visit the outdoor recreation website for cost and registration deadlines.

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