347 days left until Canoecopia!     March 8 - 10
Canoecopia is presented by

Presenting Sponsor

Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Way
Madison, Wisconsin

Show Hours
Friday: 3 PM to 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM to 4 PM

1-Day: $15.00
3-Day: $30.00
Ages 17 and under are FREE
Cash or check only for tickets purchased at the event

Parking Fees
1-Day: $8.00
Cash or credit, fees collected by Alliant Energy Center


  Tiara Coats

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Fred is a paddle-sports instructor who works at Chicago Adventure Therapy using outdoor/indoor sporting activities and Social and Emotional Learning techniques to reshape the frames of people mindset in misrepresented communities to better lives and give equal access and opportunities. Fred has worked with underrepresented communities bringing them into outdoor spaces for about three years.

Noah Viner (he/him/his) is an employee at Chicago Adventure Therapy and a recent graduate of Northland College with a degree in outdoor education with an emphasis in equity and inclusion. He loves embracing the outdoors in all of its forms.

Tiara is a paddlesports instructor with a very bright personality! She has worked for Chicago Adventure Therapy since 2014.

Zorbari Nwidor is from Chicago and is a senior director with Chicago Adventure Therapy. She has been a been paddling for over 10 years, working with people of all ages in the Chicagoland area (specifically marginalized communities) to break barriers in the outdoors and adventure sports. Zorbari currently hold certifications with British Canoe as a Stand up Paddle Board SW Coach, BCAB Coach Level 3, and a Three Star Award in Sea Kayak.


Tiara Coats, Zorbari Nwidor, Fredrick Williams
 From Underground to Water Trail: Blue Spaces for Black Faces
Bear - upstairs Fri 5:30pm-6:15pm 
This presentation will go into the history of the African American heritage trail, its ties to the Underground Railroad, the mission to make outdoor spaces more accessible to people of color and how restorative justice has been a key component to reclaiming and sustaining these spaces. We will discuss the history, impact, and importance of this 7-mile water trail that starts on the Southside of Chicago and ends in Dolton, Illinois touching neighborhoods like Golden Gate, Riverside Village, Village of Robins, Concordia Place, Altgeld Gardens - all predominantly black communities. We hope you will join us to learn more about this often overlooked, yet very important piece of water, its historical relevance for access to blue spaces for black faces and its potential future. There are historical figures and locations that inspire generations simply by representation and presence.