Overview: Each year, the Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) provides one full scholarship ($750 value) for the annual Schuylkill River Sojourn, a 7-day, 112-mile guided paddle from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia. The SAN sponsors an enthusiastic individual 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.
Applications for the 2020 Sojourn Steward will open in the spring. For questions, please contact Virginia Vassalotti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-655-4990 x121.
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.