Kentucky State University’s KY River Thorobred Science Boat –
This idea came from Dr. Mary Sias, former president of KSU. We were sitting in a stakeholders meeting as we developed the plan and Dr. Sias talked about seeing science lab boats used for education on the water. By the next day she was sending websites to visit and quickly a plan was initiated for KSU to adopt this concept and develop it into a reality.
The KY River Thorobred is now on the river and serves not only as a destination for school children and all ages, but also provides a source for research and a great marketing tool for KSU. Under the leadership of Dr. Raymond Burse, the new president at Kentucky State University recently contracted with Canoe Kentucky to schedule and operate this educational vessel. Canoe Kentucky, Frankfort Tourism, and the Legislative Research Committee have formed a partnership to schedule school groups. More than 60,000 school children visit Frankfort each year to take tours of the Capitol Building. It is our premise that we can capture many of these school groups to also schedule trips on the KY River Thorobred. This is quite a marketing opportunity for KSU, isn’t it? And, what a phenomenal experience for the school children in Kentucky! And as of 2016, all trips are offered at NO CHARGE!