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
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.
events are free to participate, unless noted otherwise. Here is the full list of events taking place in September and October: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
– Timber Creek Park, Blackwood, NJSaturday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m.
Discover the types of birds that call our urban environments home and the
different ways they adapt.
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+
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!
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.
Saturday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m.
Join other volunteers for a community park cleanup to help prepare for Gateway Park’s grand opening.
Thursday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The River Trail Gateway reveals previously hidden view of Smith Run’s
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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+
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.
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.
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.
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 ExchangeOct. 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.
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!
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, NJSaturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A 3-hour workshop using the natural world as inspiration. 12+ Registration