In this next article in our Earth Week series, Kate Hilliman shares how Buffalo Urban Outdoor Education (or BUOE) teaches Buffalo students about Lake Erie, the shark-infested salt-water ocean near the Hudson River... or so the youth of Buffalo say.
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When I moved to Buffalo in 2009 to start my new life and new non-profit, Buffalo Urban Outdoor Education, I thought it would be a piece of cake getting Western New York kids out on the water.
I grew up sailing in New England and after college spent many years plying the waters of North America on sail-training vessels, teaching young people about everything from War of 1812 history to ocean ecosystems to dead reckoning on voyages from 1 hour to 4 months, all on traditional sailing ships – wooden and steel – from 100’ brigantines to 145’ schooners. As a New Englander, I took coastal culture for granted, assuming that any city located near the water, let alone defined by its proximity to the water, would abound with “citizens of the coast”.