Exploring Our Urban Watershed
Explore what lives in our waters and what indicators we use to determine the health of our waterways. You will collect water samples and discover some of the microscopic mysteries in the Schuylkill River. You will also learn what we do on land to protect our rivers and its wildlife. After the lesson, you will be able to take what you learned onto the river in a kayak! Kayak tours include instructions on how to kayak, so beginners are welcome.*
10:30am Meet at Fairmount Waterworks Interpretive Center
12:00pm Break for Lunch (provided by FWWIC)
12:30pm Leave FWWIC for Guided Walk on Schuylkill Banks
1:00pm Meet at Walnut Street Dock for Kayaking
2:30pm Return to Walnut Street Dock
This free program is geared towards families and young adults ages 12-18. Lunch will be provided. Seating is limited, therefore registration is required. All participants must sign a kayak waiver. Participants under the age of 18 must also have a parent or guardian sign their kayak waiver. Download the kayak waiver here.
The environmental education program is supported in part by a grant from the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.
Learn more about Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center here.
Learn more about kayaking with Hidden River Outfitters here.
Getting to Fairmount Water Works is easy!
SEPTA Bus Routes that stop close to FWWIC are Routes 49, 43, 38 and 32.
Ride your bike or an Indego bike - there is bike parking at Lloyd Hall and an Indego bike station at the base of the Art Museum steps.
Parking is available in the two Art Museum parking lots.
*Children under age 8 are not permitted to kayak, but can still participate in the program at FWWIC. Participants age 8-12 must kayak in a tandem kayak with an adult.