Events from our Partners

Below are a list of events organized by partners of the Schuylkill River Greenways NHA. For even more educational and watershed events happening throughout the region, visit the Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River website. The Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE) is a regional initiative of twenty-three partnering environmental education centers, including Schuylkill River Greenways.

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2019 Schuylkill Acts & Impacts (APPLY NOW)

The Schuylkill Headwaters Association is excited to announce the 2019 Schuylkill Acts & Impacts application is now available! The program will run from June 15-22, 2019. This is a great opportunity for students in grades 9-12 in the Schuylkill River watershed who are interested in environmental science. The application can be downloaded directly from SHA’s website.  Applications are due by FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019.

Schuylkill Acts & Impacts is a weeklong watershed expedition that is offered to a team of 12 high school students from the 5 counties (Schuylkill, Berks, Montgomery, Chester, Philadelphia) in the Schuylkill River watershed. Students will spend the week learning about different water quality impacts in the watershed, do hands-on testing, learn from and interact with environmental professionals throughout the watershed, and will camp, kayak, and have tons of fun!!

If you have questions, reach out to Alexa Kramer at outreach@schuylkillheadwaters.org.

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Schuylkill River 50K Relay (REGISTRATION NOW OPEN)

Date: Saturday, April 20
Time: First race begins at 9 AM
Location: St. Michael’s Park, 400 Jacobs St, Mont Clare, PA 19453

The Schuylkill River Relay is a 50 kilometer race that starts and ends at Saint Michael’s Park ​which adjoins Lock 60 in Mont Clare, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Adjacent to Phoenixville.  The Race will start in stages, starting at 9 a.m. based on your self declared finishing estimate that you provided during registration, with those expecting the longer times starting first, all runners will be on course by 10:45. Runners will follow the Schuylkill River Trail through scenic Montgomery County and the Valley Forge National Park all the way to Conshohocken where they will turn around at the Conshohocken Brewing Company. At the finish line, every runner will enjoy an ice cold Sly Fox SRT Ale. After the race, the party continues with live music, food trucks and Sly Fox beer to keep you entertained all afternoon.

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Penn State Extension’s Master Watershed Basic Training

Date: Starts April 11 – July 11, 2019
Time: Thursday evenings from 5:45 -8:30 PM & includes 2 Saturday field trips
Location: The Montgomery County Extension office & partnering environmental organizations

If you have an interest in the environment and the water we drink, a willingness to learn more, and most importantly, a strong desire to make a difference in the community, Penn State Extension’s Master Watershed Steward Program may be a good fit for you! Don’t miss out – Montgomery County’s 2019 Master Watershed Steward Basic Training starts April 11th.

The Master Watershed Steward program is a volunteer opportunity that offers 50 hours of training for ordinary citizens on numerous environmental topics including water quality, stream health, native plants, habitat, recreation, groundwater and much more. No prior watershed knowledge is required to become a Steward! After finishing the Basic Training course, trainees must complete 50 hours of volunteer service within their first year to become a certified Master Watershed Steward.

Potential volunteer projects include organizing stream cleanups, designing and installing demonstration rain gardens, and organizing educational workshops that address topics such as backyard conservation or homeowner stormwater management. In subsequent years, Stewards maintain their status by completing at least 20 volunteer hours and attending a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 11, 2019.

For anyone who would like to learn more about the upcoming training, a free public information session has been scheduled.

February 15 from 7:00-8:30pm
Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust
2955 Edge Hill Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA
RSVP to Kevin Roth at kroth@pennypacktrust.org or 215-657-0830.

For additional information about the program and applications, visit the website at, or contact Erin Kinley at 610-489-4315 ext 117 or ezk248@psu.edu.

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Saving Bees and What You Can Do to Help

Date: Saturday, May 11
Time: 10 AM – Noon
Location: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473 (Classroom Bldg)
Cost: Free, suggested donation of $2 per person

Learn everything you need to know about honey bees to assure their survival at this workshop. Discover what you can do to help these important insects. See a LIVE hive on display (weather permitting). Our bee keeper, Scott Famous will be on hand to lead this workshop. Scott is a member of the Montgomery County Bee Keeper’s Association of Pennsylvania where he works with new bee keepers and offers educational talks such as the one at the Mills. With six bee hives on the Pennypacker Mills property, Scott provides the site with honey to sell, which will be available. This event is open to all ages. The mansion is open for guided tours afterward. The last tour of the day will be at 3 p.m. For more information, call 610-287-9349 or visit www.montcopa.org/928/Pennypacker-Mills.

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Civil War Event at Pennypacker Mills

Date: June 1 & June 2
Time: (June 1) 10 AM – 5 PM, (June 2) 10 AM – 4 PM
Location: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473
Cost: Free, suggested donation of $2 per person

During the Civil War, cannon fire could be heard rumbling across the field as opposing armies marched toward each other in battle. Visit the Mills to see Confederates and Union forces as they clash on the battlefield each afternoon. Visit military and civilian encampments, tour the mansion and see special exhibits, join in the music & songs of the time, visit the Civilian Street for demonstrations, kids can participate in the Be a Soldier Kid Enlistment activity and much more. Food vendors will be available. This event is open to all ages. Visit the event website at www.ppmcivilwar.org for more information or call 610-287-9349.

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Vintage Baseball at its Best!

Date: Sunday, June 23
Time: 1 – 3 PM
Location: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473
Cost: Free, suggested donation of $2 per person

Batter up! Join an afternoon of vintage baseball as the Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia plays against a team from the Mid-Atlantic Base Ball League. Watch as the teams run a “four baser” or home run and more. Kids can play Town Ball too. Bring a chair to sit on. The mansion will be open for tours. Food vendors will be available. This event is open to all ages. For more information, call 610-287-9349 or visit www.montcopa.org/928/Pennypacker-Mills.

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In the Good Old Summertime

Date: Saturday, Aug. 3
Time: 11 AM – 3 PM
Location: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473
Cost: Free, suggested donation of $2 per person

With more leisure time in the early 20th century, Americans found time to socialize, play lawn games and more. Visit the Mills for a day of old-fashioned fun with lawn games, a visit to the General Store, vintage clothes try-on, mansion tours, and a vintage British car show. Food vendor will be available. This event is open to all ages. For more information, call 610-287-9349 or visit www.montcopa.org/928/Pennypacker-Mills.

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Fun in the 1900s History Center!

Date: Saturday, Aug. 24
Time: 10 AM – 3 PM
Location: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473 (Red Barn)
Cost: Free, suggested donation of $2 per person

Visit the history center for interactive fun for the whole family. Discover how breaker boys worked in Pennsylvania’s coal mines, visit the general store and explore what could be purchased for 5 cents. Try your hand at grinding grain, and using an old-fashioned scale. Location: Red Barn. The air conditioned mansion is open for guided tours. This event is open to all ages. For more information, call 610-287-9349 or visit www.montcopa.org/928/Pennypacker-Mills.

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All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival

Date: Saturday, Oct. 19
Time: 1 – 4 PM
Location: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473 (Red Barn)
Cost: Free, suggested donation of $2 per person

Pennypacker Mills is the place to be for old-fashioned fall fun as we celebrate with pumpkin painting, fall kid-crafts, hay rides, corn shucking, cider pressing, bean bag toss and hay pile jump! Food vendor will be available. The mansion will not be open this day. This event is for all ages. For more information, call 610-287-9349 or visit www.montcopa.org/928/Pennypacker-Mills.

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