Program to Offer Public Tours of Lower Schuylkill River

Inspired by urban river projects that have revitalized the cities of Los Angeles and New York, the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) is collaborating on a project with Bartram’s Garden and River Corps to increase access to the Lower Schuylkill River, helping more people connect to the storied waterway.

The PPEH is exploring the development of “multi-modal public river-based tours” of southwest Philadelphia, with Bartram’s Garden serving as the central hub of activities.

A series of planning meetings is being held at Bartram’s Garden, with discussions centering on existing local organizations, programs, and events that intersect with the river guides project; examples of successful urban waterway tours; and content for Lower Schuylkill River Guide tours.

“We’ve been working and collaborating on the river all year long,” says Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures Bethany Wiggin, founding director of the PPEH. “The experience of getting on the water—whether in Bartram’s public kayaks or in our public Lab at WetLand—has been absolutely central.”

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