Upcoming Opportunities

Temple EarthFest: Friday, April 25, 2014
EarthFest 2014 will be held on the Ambler Campus of Temple University on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Hosted by the Temple University Center for Sustainable Communities, the mission of EarthFest is to promote environmental awareness using sustainable concepts, methods, and practices to protect and preserve our environment. This free event will feature dozens of exhibitors, including DRBC, and is geared for students of all ages. Learn more by clicking here.

8th Annual Trenton Thunder Clean Water Pledge Program Game: Saturday, May 3, 2014
The Trenton Thunder minor league professional baseball team has once again partnered with the N.J. Watershed Ambassador Program on an initiative that educates students about water pollution and rewards them for making a pledge to live in a more environmentally sound way. The reward is a free ticket to one of the team's games: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. vs. the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Lindsay Blanton, DRBC-hosted N.J. Watershed Ambassador for WMA-11, has been offering interactive presentations on water pollution for N.J. students of all ages during the fall, winter, and spring. At the conclusion of the lesson, students were given a "Clean Water Pledge" form listing actions they can take to protect their watershed. Students were encouraged to sign the pledge form and return it to the Thunder for their free ticket. View pledge form (pdf 921 KB).

Please also visit the Trenton Thunder's Green Initiatives web page to learn more about their environmental efforts.

HydroMania: Thursday, May 8, 2014
The Lehigh Valley Water Suppliers, Inc. will again host HydroMania on Thursday, May 8, 2014 on the campus of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa. Each year over one thousand third and fourth graders ascend on the College's campus to learn all about watersheds and the environment from various exhibitors, including DRBC. For more information, please contact Liesel Adam at lieseladam@lehighcountyauthority.org or Trissina Trusdell at trissinatrusdell@lehighcountyauthority.org.

Bayshore Center at Bivalve Youth Sailing Camps: Summer 2014
The Bayshore Center at Bivalve will host various youth camps throughout the 2014 summer season. Kids can participate in day- or week-long camp experiences. Another option is to book a private camp for your youth group. Participants will join the A.J. Meerwald crew for a very unique camp experience aboard a restored 1928 Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner. The combination of tall ship sail training aboard a historically significant vessel and environmental education makes this a one-of-a-kind experience. For full details on all camp options, please click here.

Independence Seaport Museum: 2014 Summer Camps
The Independence Seaport Museum will offer its Seaport Summer Camp for six weeks from July 7 through August 15, 2014. Each week is a different theme, and campers can join for one or multiple weeks. In addition to learning about maritime history, science, and water and boat safety, campers will have the opportunity to row in rowboats and/or kayak in either single or tandem kayaks with instructors. For full details, including the themes for each camp week and registration information, please click here.

AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program
The Americorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is an environmental community service program administered by the N.J. Dept. of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to raise public awareness about water and watershed issues and to promote watershed stewardship through direct community involvement. AmeriCorps members are assigned to different watersheds throughout the state to serve as "watershed ambassadors" to their watershed communities.

Over the course of 1,700 hours, members assist the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection in monitoring the rivers of New Jersey through visual and biological assessment volunteer monitoring programs. Members train community volunteers to participate in these monitoring programs. Through audio visual presentations, members provide information to community organizations and schools in order to have an informed citizenry about water and watershed issues in New Jersey. To learn more, visit the above-linked web site or contact Program Manager Kimberly Cenno at 609-633-1441 or by email at Kimberly.Cenno@dep.state.nj.us.

DRBC is a proud supporter of this program and annually hosts the watershed ambassador for Watershed Management Area 11 (WMA-11), which covers the central Delaware portion of New Jersey.

To get a feel for some of the activities a watershed ambassador undertakes, check out the 2013 Miry Run Stream Clean Up and 2013 Earth Week Events organized by the 2012-2013 Watershed Ambassador for WMA-11, Jade Greene. 

Nurture Nature Center's Science on a Sphere Exhibit
The Nurture Nature Center (NNC) in Easton, Pa. is pleased to offer programming utilizing their new Science on a Sphere Exhibit. The exhibit displays up to 250 global views of earth and space. In addition, NNC sponsors programs geared to helping communities address local environmental risks through science, art, and dialogue.

For additional details, please call 610-253-4432 or visit the above link.

FREE Guided Tours of The University of Delaware's College of Marine and Earth Studies Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Del.
Members of the public are welcome to attend free tours of this world-class marine research institution! Tours typically begin with a 20-minute video that highlights many of the college's research activities. Following the video presentation, knowledgeable guides take visitors on a walking tour of the facilities that house University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and Delaware Sea Grant College Program scientists. A favorite stop on the tour is a tropical reef tank, which introduces students to one of the most diverse communities on Earth. With the rapid deterioration of coral reefs worldwide, the tank provides a springboard for discussions about the causes of and solutions to this global crisis.

The college hosts year-round private tours for groups of five or more people between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Requests should be made at least one week in advance by calling the College of Marine and Earth Studies at (302) 645-4346 or by writing to the Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service, University of Delaware, College of Marine and Earth Studies, 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958-1298. The Hugh R. Sharp Campus is accessible to people with disabilities.

Public tours take place from June until early September -- at 10 a.m. on Fridays in June and on Tuesdays and Fridays in July, August, and early September. Individuals can call 302-645-4346, no later than noon the day before, to reserve a place.

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and the Philadelphia Water Department's Philadelphia Storm Drain Marking Project
The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and the Philadelphia Water Department are proud to co-sponsor this project, which calls for volunteers to help affix "Yo! No Dumping, Drains to the River" medallions onto the street in front of storm drains across the region in areas which are not already marked. All supplies will be provided at no cost, and volunteers are welcome to participate year-round.

For more information and to register, please contact Dee Ross, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Program Specialist, at (800) 445-4935, ext. 106 or by email at dross@delawareestuary.org. For online details, please click here.

Upcoming Events at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, located along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, near the Museum of Art and Boathouse Row, is busy with various event opportunities for kids and adults alike. Come and learn something new while having fun at this excellent education center! For hours, directions, and other contact information, please visit http://www.fairmountwaterworks.com and also download their education programs brochure! (pdf). An evening series entitled Schuylkill Soundings is offered on the third Thursday of every month from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. For specific information on this series and other events at the Fairmount Water Works, please visit http://events.fairmountwaterworks.com or call (215) 685-0723. Learn more about its fascinating history!

The Stroud Water Research Center
The Stroud Water Research Center, one of the premier stream research laboratories in North America, offers teacher workshops throughout the year. The workshops will be held at the center in Avondale, Chester County, Pa. unless otherwise noted. Please dress for the outdoors. Space is limited. For more details about their specific offerings, please visit the Stroud Center's web site, where you also can learn about the center's student programs.

Contact: Education Programs Manager Christina Medved at (610) 268-2153 ext. 258 or cmedved@stroudcenter.org for additional questions and information.

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This information is being provided to the Delaware River Basin Commission by various sources and compiled here as a public service. A listing on this page does not necessarily imply endorsement by the DRBC. Since the information is subject to change, you are encouraged to contact the person(s) listed for the most complete information.

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