Schuylkill River Sojourn Opportunities

Overview

The Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) partners with Schuylkill River Greenways to sponsor at least one person to attend the annual Schuylkill River Sojourn. The 2021 sojourn is a 5-day guided kayaking and overnight camping trip from Reading to Philadelphia, PA. This year, the SAN will sponsor the annual Sojourn Steward, an enthusiastic individual preferably with paddling, photography, and social media experience to complete a stewardship activity while paddling down the Schuylkill River. The Sojourn Steward engages sojourn participants in the stewardship activity while taking photos and posting on social media about their experience. All materials are provided by the SAN, including sojourn registeration, kayak rental, and photography supplies. In addition to the annual SAN Steward, the SAN will also be offering registration and kayak rental scholarships to People of Color with an interest in the Schuylkill River. Find more information and applications for the Sojourn Steward and the Diversity Scholarships below.

Click here to learn more about the Sojourn, organized by Schuylkill River Greenways.


2021 Sojourn Steward

The Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) will be offering one Sojourn Steward scholarship for the 2021 Schuylkill River Sojourn.

Sojourn Steward Responsibilities:

  1. Participate in the entire Schuylkill River Sojourn (Starting in Reading on July 31 and ending in Philadelphia on August 4).
  2. Document the "State of the Schuylkill" via photographs and videos under the water (fish, aquatic plants, macroinvertebrates, geology, etc.), along the river (banks, trees, flora and fauna), and of other paddlers and interesting surrounding sights. You can use either your own camera or the waterproof cameras provided. 
  3. Post social media updates to the SAN's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram during lunch and evening breaks. Use the hashtags #SojournSteward and #SchuylkillSojourn, and tag Schuylkill River Greenways and the Schuylkill Action Network.
  4. Interact with sojourn participants.
  5. Create a video showcasing your experience along the river (optional, not required)


Several materials and supplies will be provided to the Sojourn Steward by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) and must be returned at the end of the sojourn.
Materials and supplies include:

  • Full week Sojourn Registration
  • Kayak rental (if needed)
  • Nikon Coolpix Waterproof Camera and GoPro
  • Camera batteries, portable chargers, and accessories
  • Waterproof box
  • Waterproof phone case (if needed)
  • MiFi to connect to internet for social media

Please note that you are responsible for your own camping and personal gear.

Application deadline is JULY 1, 2021. CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION TO BECOME THE 2021 SAN STEWARD.


2021 SAN Diversity Scholarships

The SAN will provide racial diversity scholarships to sojourn participants including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Latinx, and/or Asian & Pacific Islanders. Participants will be chosen based off of application questions displaying interest in the Schuylkill River and connection to the environment. Scholarships will include covering registration and kayak rental costs for however many days the participant is interested in. This scholarship aligns with the SAN's values and mission that the Schuylkill River, clean water, and outdoor recreation is for all, and to prioritize connecting underrepresented or underestimated communities to the Schuylkill River. The application deadline is JULY 1, 2021. CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION.


Questions?

Contact Erica Rossetti, Schuylkill Action Network Coordinator, at ERossetti@DelawareEstuary.org.


Past Schuylkill River Sojourn Steward Projects

2019 Sojourn Steward: Julia Aguilar

Julia's project fit into the 2019 Schuylkill Sojourn theme: "Our Working River." Her project highlighted the industrial history of the Schuylkill River via social media, showing sojourn participants and the public the economic and environmental significance of the river. You can view photos of Julia's research and journey on our Instagram, Facebook, or Flickr.


2018 Sojourn Steward: Garrett Hoover

Garrett's project focused on photographing and identifying plants and wildlife found during his trip paddling the Schuylkill River. As part of the biodiversity study, he cataloged species found in the Schuylkill River Biodiversity project on the iNaturalist app. 


2017 Sojourn Steward: Sarah Chudnovsky

Sarah conducted water quality testing during her trip along the Schuylkill River, during lunch and dinner take out locations. She also took pictures that help to indicate water quality along the river and posted on social media. Click the below links to learn more about her trip.



2016 Sojourn Steward: Bradley Maule

Brad used a GPS enabled camera to photograph litter hot spots along the Schuylkill River. During his trip, he posted photos and a daily blog about his experience to social media. Click the below links to learn more about his trip.

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Information

Work Group: Engagement & Stewardship

Leading Organization: Schuylkill River Greenways & Partnership for the Delaware Estuary