Friday, May 10, 2024

PA Organization For Watersheds & Rivers Awards Pennsylvania Sojourn Grants; Schedule/Map Available

On May 10, the
PA Organization For Watersheds and Rivers announced the recipients of the 2024 Pennsylvania River Sojourn Grants.

The Pennsylvania Sojourn Program is administered by POWR in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and grants are awarded on a competitive basis. 

Sojourns are not only a fun outdoor activity but are also an effective tool for raising awareness about our rivers and the issues affecting them, educating, and enhancing community involvement about natural and cultural resources, and promoting and encouraging watershed stewardship. 

The Sojourn program serves as a bridge to bring our communities to our rivers and streams to educate them, enabling them to become lifelong stewards of these resources. 

River sojourns offer a different point of view on some of Pennsylvania’s treasured landscapes and historic and cultural assets.

PA Sojourn Mini-Grantees/Schedule

-- Conestoga River Club for the Pride on the Conestoga, Water Week 2024 scheduled for June 9;

-- Delaware Riverkeeper Network for the 3rd Paddling in Search of a Lost Plant on the Delaware River scheduled for August 16;

-- Endless Mountains Heritage Region for the Youth Heritage Sojourn scheduled for June 27 through June 29;

-- French Creek Valley Conservancy for the 2024 Summer Sojourn scheduled for June 15;

-- Friends of the Riverfront for the Lock Through Classes scheduled on June 29, July 20, and August 24;

-- Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy for the Perki-Bay Expedition: A Source to Sea Youth Paddling Sojourn scheduled for June 24 through June 28;

-- Schuylkill River Greenways for the Schuylkill River Sojourn scheduled for June 14 through June 21;

-- Swatara Watershed Association for the 34th Swatara Sojourn scheduled for May 4;

--The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership for the Susquehanna Greenway Sojourn Series scheduled for June 1, June 29, August 17 and September 21;

-- The Watersmith Guild for the First Waves Regional Series & Aqua Lab Adventures scheduled for May 29, 30, June 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 20, 24, 25, July 1, 12, 15, 17, 30, and August 5, 6;

-- Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition for the 2024 Delaware River Sojourn: “River of Inspiration" scheduled for June 14 through June 24;

-- Wayne County Community Foundation for the Lackawaxen River Sojourn scheduled for October 12 and 13; and

-- Wildlands Conservancy – Environmental Ed Center for the 28th Annual Lehigh River Sojourn scheduled for June 8 through June 11.

Map Of Sojourns

Click Here to view a map of sojourns planned statewide this year.

The Program

The PA Sojourn Program is nationally unique, distributing grants across the state to local organizations and their sojourn events. 

These grants support between 10 and 15 paddling events each year, encompassing over 500 river miles and 50+ on-the-water days, offering more than 100 educational programs and engaging over 4,000 people.

For more information on this program, visit the Pennsylvania Sojourn Program webpage.

Visit the PA Organization For Watersheds and Rivers website for information on programs, initiatives, upcoming events and how you can get involved.

[Posted: May 10, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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