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Volunteers take to the Schuylkill River Trail
November 20, 2017

About 20 people gathered Sunday on the Schuylkill River Trail to clear brush from fallen trees, trim poison ivy and otherwise maintain the trail for public use.

$400K in grants help Pottstown, Royersford, Limerick parks, trails and soccer fields
November 17, 2017

Three state grants totaling $400,000 will help pay to improve recreational opportunities in Pottstown, Royersford and Limerick.

Schuylkill River Heritage Area adopts new name, logo
November 16, 2017

An organization that strives to connect the Schuylkill River to the people and communities along its corridor has adopted a new name and logo to better reflect that mission.

Private outfitter is being sought to establish recreation ‘hubs’ along the Schuylkill River
November 16, 2017

Wanted: A private outfitter to establish a recreational hub system connecting various river towns along the Schuylkill River via the water and bike trails.

New section of Schuylkill River Trail opens in North Manheim Township
November 2, 2017

People in Schuylkill County and those visiting have another reason to get out and enjoy nature with the addition of a 1.4-mile trail in North Manheim Township.

Conrail Donates Swing Bridge To Extend Schuylkill River Trail
November 1, 2017

A hulking, rusting old swing bridge in the middle of the Schuylkill River, stuck in the open position, is one step closer to swinging into action, to extend the Schuylkill River Trail from South to Southwest Philadelphia.

One Tank Trip: The Nature Place
October 4, 2017

What may seem like an accident and waiting to be picked up is here on purpose. Re-purposed, actually. Nature leads the way at The Nature Place in Reading, home of Berks Nature and a new kind of playground. "We know kids spend about one percent, on average, outside, in unstructured free play, so we wanted to make a space where it was easy to make that happen," explained Kim Murphy, the president of The Nature Place. "Kids can take risks. They can climb trees. They can move sticks and rocks and play in our giant birds nest."

Schuylkill Headwaters awarded $80,000 grant
October 3, 2017

The Schuylkill Headwaters Association has been awarded an $80,000 grant to improve the Schuylkill River. The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund grants are made possible by several organizations: Exelon Generation’s Limerick Generating Station, the Philadelphia Water Department, Coca-Cola, Partnership for the Delaware estuary, and MOM’s Organic Market, according to a press release from the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area. A total of $364,193 was awarded to 11 projects earlier this month.

Grants awarded to improve Schuylkill River water quality
September 25, 2017

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area announced the distribution of over $364,000 in grants to help fund 11 projects designed to improve water quality in the Schuylkill River. Eight grants were awarded from the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund that the group says will focus on stormwater runoff, abandoned mine drainage and agricultural pollution.

Celebrating World Water Monitoring Day with a Schuykill River Sojourn
September 22, 2017

The 112 mile, 7 day canoe and kayak trip was started by a few kayakers 19 years ago, and is now organized by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. We kayaked from June 3rd to June 9th, and camped in parks and green spaces along the way! With the support of the Schuylkill Action Network, I had the opportunity to kayak the trip as the Sojourn Steward, a volunteer position focused on linking recreation with stewardship, citizen science, and education. I am from Berks County, PA, and growing up exploring the Schuylkill River (and tubing down the Brandywine!) piqued my interest in pursuing a career in conservation.

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