Higher Pursuits has been offering teambuilding programs, guided canoe trips, and paddling classes since 1999. Over the years we have worked with a wide variety of schools, age groups, business, and colleges.

Currently we offer several types of training programs

We are always looking for new schools and organizations to partner with to teach paddling and introduce more people to the joy of paddling and being outdoors. For our Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and American Heritage Girls we offer canoe merit badge classes and kayak merit badge classes. Visit our group leader page for more information.

Give us a call to see if what classes or training will fit your groups needs.

Over the years we have had the great opportunity to work with some amazing groups and connect people with the natural wonder of the river.  Here are some of the Tennessee Wild Side programs we have had the privilege of being a part of:

Wild SideTV - Mussel Mission

When it comes to a living laboratory, you can't ask for much better than the Duck River. Its 250 miles of flowing waters are home to a wide variety of freshwater animals. With over 150 species of fish, 55 species of freshwater mussels, and 22 species of aquatic snails, the Duck is world-renowned. So when a group of fourth grade students at the University School of Nashville started researching mussels, it only made sense to take a trip to the Duck. But getting to the mussels requires some paddling first. Wild Side Guide Ken Tucker takes us along on a trip that for many of the students, was their first chance to paddle on moving water.

Wild SideTV - University School Naturalists

A great philosopher (one of our producer's fifth grade teacher) once said that life is one long learning experience. True words, for sure, especially when they apply to young students. And even more so if those students are just beginning to see and appreciate the wonders of the natural world. The Young Naturalists Program at University School of Nashville makes sure that students from kindergarten through high school integrate classroom work with nature trips. Kids actually see the plants and animals they read about in books. Wild Side Guide Alan Griggs shows us how hands-on experience and up-close sightings provide an education that is second to none

Wild SideTV - Doggy Paddling

These days people aren't the only ones wearing life-jackets. Head to a river or lake and there's a good chance you'll see someone out enjoying time on the water with a canine companion. And while it makes perfect sense to combine a love of outdoor adventure with a love for your pet, doing it in a canoe or kayak might not be as simple as you think. As Wild Side Guide Janet Ivey found out, there are a few things to consider before taking a dog along on your next paddling trip...like making sure your furry friend has their own life-jacket.

Wild SideTV - Kayak School

These days if you decide to head to the water to cool off, odds are you'll be sharing that water with someone else. Whether you prefer a paddle board, kayak or canoe, paddle sports are exploding in popularity. And with more people on the water, there’s a growing need for certified instructors to teach newcomers and even veterans the best ways to have a fun, safe paddle. Wild Side Guide Bill Cody takes us to Acorn Lake at Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson County, where instructor-trainers with the American Canoe Association (ACA | Canoe-Kayak-Sup-Raft-Rescue) spent the day teaching some experienced kayakers the best ways to share their knowledge with others