Our Schuylkill Explorers is a FREE program which provides an opportunity for student and community groups to learn about the Schuylkill River Watershed, watershed threats and protection, and other environmental education lessons such as birding, native plant and tree identification, and water quality testing.

Under the direction of Schuylkill River Greenways Educational Coordinator Sarah Crothers, participants  will foster an appreciation for nature and an understanding of how positive changes in personal behavior can have positive changes on the environment.

Schedule a Group Visit to our Pottstown Site

Available April – October, Monday-Friday 

Explore the Schuylkill River Trail, learn about the Schuylkill River’s history and environment, and develop an awareness of watershed protection. Group visits will include a tour of our River of Revolutions Interpretive Center, a guided walk along the Pottstown RiverWalk and Schuylkill River Trail and an experiment, nature craft, or other activity depending on learning goals and age range.

  • Best for ages 7+
  • Group size – up to 30 people
  • Group visit times vary from 1 hour to 2.5 hours

Learn About the Water Quality of the Schuylkill River Watershed

Available May-September, Monday-Friday

Group visits will include a tour of our River of Revolutions Interpretive Center, a guided walk along the Pottstown RiverWalk and Schuylkill River Trail and a water quality and/or macro-invertebrate testing activity in the Manatawny Creek and/or Schuylkill River.

  • Best for ages 13+
  • Group size – up to 30 people
  • Group visit times vary from 2 hours to 3.5 hours

Schuylkill Explorers Can Come to You

Year Round, Monday-Friday

The educational program travels and lessons can be conducted outside of our Pottstown site. This option is available to student and community groups located within the Schuylkill River Heritage Area/watershed. Reserve a date and the Schuylkill Explorers program will come to your group location. If you’re not sure your group location is within the heritage area then click the button below.

Heritage Area Map

Students will learn what a watershed is and how it functions. Lesson includes Schuylkill River Watershed map review and interactive activity that demonstrates how land use and storm water runoff contribute to water pollution. Lessons can also include native plant and tree identification indoors or outdoors.

  • Best for grades 1st – 8th
  • Can accommodate standard classroom sizes and multiple classrooms in one visit
  • Can include outdoor excursion dependent on location and time of year
  • Time frame flexible per group objectives and availability, usually a minimum of 30 minutes

Project SOLO (Schuylkill Outdoor Leadership Odyssey)

Year Round, Monday-Friday 

Students will learn about the Schuylkill River Watershed and the different environmental partners working together within the Heritage Area. Students will visit a variety of locations close to their school including State, Federal, and Non-profit organizations as well as Municipalities and privately owned sustainable businesses to learn about different careers and career paths available to them in their area. This is a career-oriented program that fosters interest in environmental and sustainability fields, and helps students network with field professionals. Project SOLO is available to high school classrooms within the Schuylkill River Heritage Area/watershed.  If you’re not sure your group location is within the heritage area then click the button below.

Heritage Area Map
  • Best for grades 11-12
  • Can accommodate standard classroom sizes, program runs for 8 weeks
  • Includes many field trips ( approx.3 hrs each) to different locations dependent on career mentor’s place of employment (all are within the Heritage Area)

To learn more about Schuylkill Explorers or to schedule a group visit please contact Sarah Crothers at 484-945-0200 or scrothers@schuylkillriver.org.

Music Video

Stay Active was created through a partnership between Schuylkill River Greenways NHA, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, the STRIVE Initiative, and Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos. The video features students in the Schuylkill Explorers program who helped write the lyrics while visiting Riverfront Park in Pottstown, Hopewell Furnace and French Creek State Park. They engaged in a variety of activities that cultivate a love of nature and outdoor exploration including nature art, birding, fishing, and plant identification.This program, funded by the National Park Service, encouraged youth to explore their local natural resources and nearby national park.

Check out our blog about our Fall 2017 Schuylkill Explorers after school program for children and seniors.