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Southwest Philly River Days (2018)

  • Date: October 13, 2018 - October 14, 2018
  • Time: 5:00am - 3:00pm

River Days, a city-wide celebration of Philadelphia’s urban rivers organized by the Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River, is coming to Southwest Philadelphia. Enjoy a wide variety of free fun, educational experiences across three area nature centers.

Free shuttle rides are provided through the weekend between Bartram’s Garden, Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center, and John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, with stops at Penrose Elementary, Tilden Middle School, Myers Rec Center, and Kingsessing Rec Center. View the shuttle schedule here.

Bartram’s Garden
5400 Lindbergh Blvd

Saturday, Oct. 13 – 11am to 3pm
Pick a paddle & row with free boating on the Schuylkill. No experience necessary and all equipment is provided.
Sunday, Oct. 14 – 12pm to 3pm
Harvestfest is here! Come celebrate fall with free boating, cider-making, pumpkin carving, games, workshops, and more at Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden.

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center
700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy

Sunday, Oct. 14 – 12pm to 3pm
Celebrate Creeks to Rivers! Enjoy tours, walks, stewardship activities, and a Rubber Duck Race (at 11am) to the juncture of two creeks for cash prizes.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
8601 Lindbergh Blvd

Saturday, Oct. 13 – 9am to 3pm
It’s the Philly Fall Nature Fest! Join us for guided hikes, kayaking, archery, games, crafts, fishing, and trolley tours throughout the refuge.
Sunday, Oct. 14 – 6am to 7pm
“Big Sit” at the Observation Tower. Come help count all the birds that visit the refuge in the span of one day! No experience necessary; binoculars will be available for loan.


River Days is a month-long recreational event series hosted by the Alliance for
Watershed Education of the Delaware River with a mission to encourage
individuals of all ages to explore, enjoy and engage in activities along their local
rivers and streams with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness and fostering
protection of this critical resource. Funded and supported by the William Penn
Foundation, the Alliance is a regional initiative of 23 partnering environmental
education centers located on the Delaware River watershed and the Circuit Trail
in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.