The Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) partners with Schuylkill River Greenways to sponsor at least one person to attend the annual Schuylkill River Sojourn. 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. Please stay tuned for details about our 2022 scholarships as more details become available.
Contact Erica Rossetti, Schuylkill Action Network Coordinator, at ERossetti@DelawareEstuary.org.
2021 Sojourn Steward: Riel Bilto
Riel Bilto is a teacher from Philadelphia. She also creates outdoor adventure videos for her YouTube channel "Rock Climbin' Grandma". Riel's project was to document what it is to experience the Schuylkill River, from the people to the places to the recreation to the drinking water to the industry to the history to the restoration and everything in between. This project fit into the 2021 theme of "Return to the River," so that anyone who views her video project can experience the Schuylkill River. You can view Riel's video project of her experience on 80 miles of the Schuylkill River below:
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.