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Honors College Freshmen Float the Lumber River
(8 October 2011)

Photo of Honors College participants

Eight students from the Esther G. Maynor Honors College (Freshman Seminar Honors and Environmental Science Honors) floated the Lumber River on a gorgeous Saturday in October. Joining the students were three members of the Honors faculty --- Drs. M.J. Braun, Teagan Decker, and Lisa Kelly -- and Dr. Braun's brother John.

Photo of students donning life vests Photo of Teagan Decker and student Photo of students preparing to launch a canoe

Led by guides from Riverway Outdoor Adventure & Education Center in Lumberton, canoes and kayaks were launched on McMillan Beach, just west of Lumberton, and participants were treated to a leisurely, two-hour paddle downstream to Riverway. Bald cypress, river birch, and planer tree graced the banks of the river, and in places where river birch trees leaned precipitously over the water, the river seemed to course through a living tunnel.

Photo of three female students paddling a canoe Photo of two male students paddling a canoe Photo of students and a guide in a canoe

The adventure ended early in the afternoon, and the party enjoyed sandwiches, chips, and luscious fruit for lunch. Drs. Teagan Decker and M.J. Braun organized the trip, providing an exceptional opportunity for students to experience one of southeastern North Carolina's most pristine ecosystems.

The Lumber River is a National Wild & Scenic River and a State Natural & Photo of student holding a kayak high in the airScenic River. It is the only blackwater river in North Carolina that is in the Wild & Scenic River system.

Photo of several canoes and kayaks on the Lumber River Photo of M.J. Braun and her brother John paddling a kayak

Since its initiation in the fall of 2001, the Honors College has sought to attract top scholars. The College strives to provide an enriching environment that stimulates personal and academic growth. Students are afforded interdisciplinary educational opportunities as well as cultural and social opportunities.

Riverway is owned and operated by the Center for Community Action.

Photo of the beautiful Lumber River

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