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River Days event series to take place on local trails and waterways

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Walnut2Walnut River Challenge seen on the Schuylkill River

More than 25 fun, environmental-minded activities are scheduled throughout the region between September 9 and October 20 as part of River Days, a series of events designed to encourage people of all ages to explore and enjoy their local trails, rivers and streams. Environmental education centers located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware will host festivals, hands-on nature activities, history hikes, biking & paddle excursions and trail activities where visitors can learn about the diversity of species reliant on the 13,500 square mile system of waterways that make up the Delaware River watershed.

The official kick-off events on Saturday, September 15 aim to bring together area residents between and along the rivers that unite us. The Delaware River Festival takes place on the Camden waterfront in New Jersey (10 a.m.- 2 p.m.) and on the Philadelphia side at Penn’s Landing (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) offering a “coast to coast” experience as you cross the Delaware on foot, bike, or take advantage of free RiverLink ferry rides. Then the River Days Festival at Riverfront Park in Norristown, PA (2-6 p.m.) puts participants on the Schuylkill for a nature-inspired community event.

River Days events are free to participate, unless noted otherwise. Here is the full list of events taking place in September and October:

Bilingual Bird Walk – Tacony Creek Park, Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, Sept. 22 from 8-10:30 a.m.
Come celebrate our park and neighborhood diversity! Join a free bilingual (Spanish & English) family-friendly bird walk. Binoculars and coffee will be provided. ¡Ven a celebrar la diversidad en nuestro parque y vecindario!

Equinox Birding – Timber Creek Park, Blackwood, NJ

Saturday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m.
Discover the types of birds that call our urban environments home and the different ways they adapt.

Early Fall Birding at Petty’s Island – Camden, NJ

Saturday, Sept. 22 from 7:45-11 a.m.
This wooded island in the Delaware River is truly an urban oasis for woodland, wading and shore birds. Learn some interesting history along the way and discover how this industrial port is transforming into a wildlife sanctuary. Registration is required, ages 12+

Trailfest at DuPont Environmental Education Center – Wilmington, DE

Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Celebrate the completion of Delaware’s newest trail, The Markell Trail, connecting the Wilmington Riverfront and historic New Castle. This walkable, bikeable trail, with a wide boardwalk spanning the marsh in the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge, opens a whole new world of exploration. Live music, interactive exhibits, live animals, canoeing, outfitters, craft vendors, craft beer, food trucks and more!

Stream Stewards Watershed Cleanup – DE

Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Help protect our waterways by removing trash along the trails and streams that feed into Brandywine Creek. There will be fun activities for learning about the animals that live in and around our streams, and what you can do to help protect their habitat.

Gateway Park Clean-up – Camden, NJ

Saturday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m.
Join other volunteers for a community park cleanup to help prepare for Gateway Park’s grand opening.

Ribbon-Cutting for the River Trail Gateway – Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The River Trail Gateway reveals previously hidden view of Smith Run’s forested glen.

Ride for the River – Pottstown, PA

Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Celebrate the Schuylkill River Trail with bikes, beer and live music! Ride from Pottstown to Reading OR from Pottstown to Union Township and back, then kick back and relax at Sly Fox Brewery’s annual Can Jam Festival, featuring great food, Sly Fox beer, and eight hours of live music. All proceed benefit the Schuylkill River Trail. All riders receive a voucher for free food and one free beer.

Paddle the River at Watershed Institute – Pennington, NJ

Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy a half-day paddle on the Delaware River, from central New Jersey, learning about life in and around the river. Discover a diversity of bird life, including bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, mergansers and more, all dependent on the river for their source of food.

Find Yourself in Nature at Berks Nature’s The Nature Place – Reading, PA

Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Learn about the critters and fish that live in the creek, walk the trails around Angelica Park, complete a checklist of wildlife you see!

Bristol Marsh Clean-up for National Public Lands Day – Bristol, PA

Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
As the summer comes to a close, help us remove trash at this freshwater tidal marsh. The more trash we collect, the less that will get washed into our waterways!

Discovery Day at Audubon Pennsylvania Discovery Center – Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Join the public opening to the Discovery Center built in a reservoir in Philadelphia that was previously hidden for fifty years! It will now serve as a public space for everyone to get in touch with nature. Free activities for people of all ages.

Walnut2Walnut River Challenge – Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, Sept. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Paddle or row down the Schuylkill River and up the Delaware for a scenic trip around Philadelphia’s peninsula. The challenge course offers spectacular views of the city, while traveling almost fifteen miles along both rivers; suitable for all skill levels. $35

The Schuylkill Navigation: A Photographic History Tour – Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fairmount Water Works photographer-educator Sandy Sorlien will present highlights of her recent documentary project, Inland: The Abandoned Canals of the Schuylkill Navigation, as well as some historic images of the locks, dams, and canals.

Harvest Festival at Pocono Environmental Education Center – Dingmans Ferry, PA

Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate Fall at PEEC’s 8th annual Harvest Festival! Enjoy animal presenters, arts & crafts, hands-on activities, conservation exhibits, live music, local food, old-timey activities & more! Bring your family & friends to this great event! $5 per car.

Watershed to Watershed Bike Ride – Pennington, NJ

Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Explore the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail (LHT) by bike and learn why the streams and rivers in your watershed are important to clean drinking water.

Petty’s Island Community Clean-up Day – Camden, NJ

Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Here’s your chance to be part of the restoration of Petty’s Island. 12+ Must pre-register.

Gateway Park Bike Ride – Camden, NJ

Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m.
A 4.5-mile ride along the Camden Greenway Phase I Loop, with strategic stops for historical and ecological interpretation.

Walking Tour of Schuylkill River History – Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fairmount Water Works photographer-educator Sandy Sorlien leads a walk interpreting remnants of the 108-mile Schuylkill Navigation system along the Roxborough and Manayunk stretches of the river.

Southwest Fish-Off at Bartram’s Garden – Philadelphia, PA

Sunday Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
A free fishing derby with activities for all ages. Fish from our dock, the riverbank or from one of our rowboats. Win prizes! One rod per person, bring your own rod or borrow on of ours, no fishing license necessary, catch and release. All ages and abilities welcome, minors must be accompanied by an adult if fishing from one of our boats.

Philly Fall Nature Festival at John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum – Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, Oct. 13, All Day
This is a free family event in conjunction with National Wildlife Refuge Week celebrating nature and community in Southwest Philadelphia! All are welcome to participate in a day of guided nature walks, fishing, kayaking, archery, nature crafts, live animals, face painting, and more!

Land Lab: Dance Exchange

Oct. 13 & 14 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.
Culminating a year of research and art, Dance Exchange will lead a series of animated hikes on our trails that connect participants to local ecology and reflect on the ways that water shapes our lives.

Harvest Fest at Bartram’s Garden – Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, Oct. 14 from 12-3 p.m.
An annual community event, am-packed with fun for the whole family: hayrides, cider pressing, face-painting, cooking and canning workshops, games of chance and skill, yoga, boating, and much more!

John Bartram Jawn at Bartram’s Garden – Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A family-friendly outdoor concert featuring musicians and performers with deep connections to Southwest Philly!

Artists in the Field at Petty’s Island – Camden, NJ

Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A 3-hour workshop using the natural world as inspiration. 12+ Registration required.