Gordon Black: Retired Education Director and Stewardship Consultant and River Advocate - Cahaba River Society

Meet Gordon Black, a seasoned veteran in the realm of environmental education and a revered figure in paddle-sports. Having retired from his dynamic role as Education Director in February 2022, Gordon transitioned into a part-time position as a Stewardship Consultant and River Guide for the Cahaba River Society.

With over 15 years of dedicated service leading the Shane Hulsey CLEAN Program, Gordon helped to connect more than 25,000 youth and teachers with the enchanting Cahaba River. Even in retirement, he continues to contribute his expertise to the society’s Education, Recreation, and Stewardship Programs.

Gordon’s national reputation as a teacher and practitioner of paddle-sports is unparalleled. Boasting 48 years of experience in canoes, he has brought wealth of knowledge and passion to his roles with CRS. His illustrious career includes 16 years at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, where he served as an instructor, guide, and Head of Instruction for seven years.

As the American Canoe Associationโ€™s former national Director of Safety Education and Instruction, Gordon has left an indelible mark on water safety advocacy. His collaborative efforts with organizations like the US Coast Guard, US Army Corps of Engineers, Boy Scouts of America, and Girl Scouts of the USA showcase his dedication to fostering a culture of safety and environmental awareness.

In his part-time role as Stewardship Consultant, Gordon Black continues to be a guiding force for the Cahaba River Society, offering invaluable insights and support for river trips and educational initiatives. His legacy of environmental education and water safety advocacy is a beacon, inspiring future generations to cherish and protect our natural resources.