After a series of site evaluations and assessments of the Interpretive Center after Hurricane Ida, executive director Karen Young shares an update of the status of our Center and our newest exhibition POOL: A Social History of Segregation. Click here to read the full statement.

Schuylkill Acts & Impacts

An Expedition to Inspire Watershed Action

Our Schuylkill Acts & Impacts program engages students from communities within the Schuylkill River Watershed in a hands-on service-learning experience.

Schuylkill Acts & Impacts 2021

Instead of the typical 7-day overnight camping excursion, this year’s program is modified to minimize COVID-19 exposure and transmission.

We are recruiting students fromfour geographically uniquelocations along the Schuylkill River (Schuylkill, Berks, Chester/Montgomery and Philadelphia counties). Each group will experience a 2-day (no overnight) program in Philadelphia that includes the exploration of how land-use in the area impacts water quality of the Schuylkill River, water quality testing and kayaking on a portion of the river or a tributary. 

The program will take place the weekend of June 25 & 26, from 9am-5pm. Students will share the results of their adventures at a virtual summit on Sunday, June 27 from 1pm-3pm.

Schuylkill Acts and Impacts is free and open to all high school students.  Email stacey.heffernan@phila.gov with questions.

To apply for Schuylkill Acts & Impacts, students must download, complete, and submit the application by Friday, May 14, 2021:

Support Schuylkill Acts & Impacts

The program is made possible by our partnerships with Schuylkill Headwaters Association (SHA), Stroud Water Research Center, Take It Outdoors Adventures, and contributions from other organizations and individuals, so there is no cost for student participation.

Want to help support this year’s program? YOU can help engage the next generation of water stewards!

Menu of Giving Opportunities
(costs are for 15 students unless otherwise noted)
Dinner
Macaroni and cheese over the campfire$50
Hot dogs, beans, and corn$100
Spaghetti dinner over the campfire$50
Backpacker meals for 1 night$150
Lunch
Boxed lunches (Day 1)$200
Subs and chips$100
Soup and salad with fruit (and cookies)$200
Breakfast
Rise and shine breakfast (bagels and cream cheese, cereal and milk) every day$140/student
Energy Snacks
Granola bars, crackers, trail mix, etc. (for kayaking and other calorie-burning activities!)$140/student
Give to Schuylkill Acts & Impacts today! Every donation helps provide students with an unforgettable experience in nature!