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Brewery Nights, Nature Walks, and Water Fun

 

2021 Delaware River Festival releases its schedule of activities

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WILMINGTON — Get outdoors, have a brew, hear a story, or sink an oar in the water. Whatever you choose, there’s plenty to do on both sides of the Delaware River during the 2021 Delaware River Festival from Sept. 24 to Oct. 3.

Festival organizers Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, the Center for Aquatic Sciences, Philadelphia Water Department, Camden County Parks Department, the Independence Seaport Museum, and others have a great list of in-person and online activities. Here’s the breakdown!

In-Person Activities

 

Friday, Sept. 24

Delaware River Flight Night at Evil Genius

When: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Evil Genius Brewing, 1727 N. Front Street, Philadelphia

Description: Kick off the weekend and the Delaware River Festival with a local brew and a smile. Test your knowledge with beer and water trivia, win prizes, and learn more about this year’s Delaware River Festival. Please note that all guests must show proof of vaccination with a matching ID to be indoors.

Host: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

Delaware River Flight Night at Eclipse Brewing

When: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Eclipse Brewing, 25 E. Park Ave., Merchantville, NJ

Description: Grab a brew in New Jersey for this special night at Eclipse Brewing. Meet some live animals and test your knowledge with beer and water trivia, win prizes, and learn more about this year’s Delaware River Festival. No registration required.

Host: Center for Aquatic Sciences

Saturday, Sept. 25

Nature Walk on Petty’s Island

When: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Where: Petty’s Island, 36th Street in Camden NJ,  just past Harrison Ave. and Cramer Hill Nature Preserve

Description: Join the Center for Aquatic Sciences staff to explore Petty’s Island and see what you can find. A Spanish translator will be available.

Host: Center for Aquatic Sciences

Pre-Registration Required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/169479843775

 

Bilingual Bird Walk at Gateway Park

When: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where: Gateway Park, Camden, NJ

Description: An expert birder who speaks both English and Spanish will lead participants on a walk through Gateway Park along the Cooper River, searching for and learning about birds found in the region.

Host: New Jersey Conservation Foundation

Pre-Registration Required: https://www.njconservation.org/event/bilingual-bird-walk-at-gateway-park/

City: Living!

When: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Wiggins Park, 2 Riverside Dr, Camden, NJ  08103

Description: Get out along the River with a family-friendly scavenger hunt with prizes along Wiggins Waterfront Park. End the day by meeting some real animals that live in the area.

Host: Center for Aquatic Sciences

Pre-Registration Required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/169485528779

 

Paddle Penn’s Landing

When: 1:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: 211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

Description: Come out to Penn's Landing to enjoy FREE paddling all afternoon! Paddle Penn's Landing will be open to all to enjoy some time on the water. Whether you choose a kayak, rowboat, swan or dragon, you are sure to have a good time.

Host: Independence Seaport Museum

Sunday, Sept. 26

Get Outdoors at Gateway Park

When: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Gateway Park, Camden, NJ

Description: Go fly a kite! Join the Center for Aquatic Sciences in making and flying kites. There also will be live animals to meet, nature art activities, trail exploration, scavenger hunts and prizes!

Host: Center for Aquatic Sciences

Sunset Paddle on the Delaware River

When: 4:15 – 6:45 p.m.

Where: Penn’s Landing, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

Description: Join the Independence Seaport Museum for an evening sunset paddle along the Delaware River. This kayaking course will teach you paddling and safety basics before a quick trip out of the basin to take in the city skyline as the sun begins to set. Must be at least 18 years of age to participate.

Host: Independence Seaport Museum

Pre-Registration Required: Independence Seaport Museum :: Ticket Selection (phillyseaport.org)

 

 

Saturday, Oct. 2

 

Bird Walk at the Discovery Center

When: 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Where: 3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, 19121

Description: Come see the amazing variety of bird species at the Strawberry Mansion Reservoir on a walk led by a local ornithologist Keith Russell. Experts and novice birders both welcome. Join us as we watch, listen, and learn about the species that call our Reservoir home. A Spanish translator will be available.

Host: The Discovery Center

Chester Pennsylvania Festival Fun

When: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Subaru Park Plaza, Chester, Pennsylvania

Description: Join us for family fun and watershed learning along the Delaware River Waterfront beside Subaru Park in Chester, PA. Try your hand at water quality testing, take a tour of the stadium to learn how the turf is sustainably managed, and visit the nearby community garden. There will be crafts, music, pizza, and more fun for the whole family!

Host: City of Chester, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

Paddle Party

When: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Pyne Point Park, Camden, NJ

Description: Sign up for one of three paddles as we take our kayaks out to explore the back channel of the Delaware River. A great experience for new kayakers! Spanish translators will be available for the first paddle at 10:30am.

Host: Center for Aquatic Sciences

Pre-Registration Required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/169516860493

 

 

Sunday, Oct. 3

Paddle to Petty’s Island

When: 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Pyne Point Park, Camden, New Jersey

Description: Looking for an adventure? Paddle the back channel of the Delaware River to Petty's Island for a short nature walk, then back in the kayaks for the return trip home.

Host: Center for Aquatic Sciences

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Sunday Fun Day at The Farm at Awbury Arboretum

When: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Where: 6336 Ardleigh St., Philadelphia  19138

Description: Join us at the Farm at Awbury Arboretum for an afternoon of family fun and wellness. Meet goats, take a tour of the farm, and learn about the importance of water for individual and environmental wellness.

Host: The Farm at Awbury Arboretum, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Philadelphia Water Department

 

Online Activities

 

Monday, Sept. 27

 

Storybook Reading by Jenn Epp

When: 11 a.m.

Description:Watch Jenn Epp from the Free Library of Philadelphia read Song of the River by Joy Cowley & Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry. Great activity for young children.

How to watch: Facebook, YouTube, and DelawareRiverFest.org

Host: Free Library of Philadelphia

 

Spotted Lanternfly Q&A

When: 4:30 p.m.

Description: Have you seen a spotted lanternfly near your home or school? Do you know what to do when you see one? Join us for a brief introduction to this invasive species from the Camden County Mosquito Commission. Then you'll have a chance to ask all your lanternfly related questions. All ages are welcome, and kids are encouraged to participate!

How to watch: Facebook, YouTube, and DelawareRiverFest.org

Host: Camden County Mosquito Commission

 

Tuesday, Sept. 28

STEM Career Panel for Middle Schoolers

When: 9:00 a.m.

Description: Join us as we talk with several watershed and environmental professionals working in Philadelphia, Camden, and the surrounding areas. Students will have an opportunity to learn more about potential career paths and ask questions of our panelists. This panel will be geared towards students in middle school, but open to all.

How to watch: Facebook, YouTube, and DelawareRiverFest.org

Host: Delaware River Festival

 

 

Land Animals Need Water Too!

When: 2 p.m.

Description: Join staff from the Center for Aquatic Sciences and some of their animals as they discuss why the Delaware River and water is important to all animals.

How to watch: Facebook, YouTube, and DelawareRiverFest.org

Host: Center for Aquatic Sciences

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, Sept. 29

 

STEM Career Panel for High Schoolers

When: 9 a.m.

Description: Join us as we talk with several watershed and environmental professionals working in Philadelphia, Camden, and the surrounding areas. Students will have an opportunity to learn more about potential career paths and ask questions of our panelists. This panel will be geared towards students in high school, but open to all.

How to watch: Facebook, YouTube, and DelawareRiverFest.org

Host: Delaware River Festival

 

Water Testing in the Delaware River with CAUSE Teens

When: 4:30 p.m.

Description: Join teens from the Community and Urban Science Enrichment (CAUSE) Program as they test the Delaware River and see what's really in there!

How to Watch: Facebook, YouTube, and DelawareRiverFest.org

Host: Center for Aquatic Sciences

 

Thursday Sept. 30

Virtual Paddle on the Rancocas

When: 10:30 a.m.

Description: Can’t join us for an in-person paddle? Accompany Pinelands Adventures on a virtual kayak tour of the Rancocas Creek, a tributary of the Delaware River.

How to watch: Facebook, YouTube, and DelawareRiverFest.org

Host: Pinelands Adventures

Storybook Reading by Devon Laudenslager

When: 2 p.m.

Description: Watch Devon Laudenslager from the Free Library of Philadelphia read a storybook. Great activity for young children.

How to watch: Facebook, YouTube, and DelawareRiverFest.org

Host: Free Library of Philadelphia

 

Friday, Oct. 1

 

Story Book Reading with Justine Johnson “What is a River? by Monika Vaicenavičienė”

When: 11:00 a.m.

Description: Watch Justine Johnson from the Camden County Library System read a storybook. Great activity for young children.

Where: Facebook, YouTube, and DelawareRiverFest.org

Host: Camden County Library System

You’re going to have so much fun! Keep up to date on our schedule of educational activities through our website www.DelawareRiverFest.org and social media through @DelRivFest.

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