Become a Delaware River Ambassador

Julie Slavet
Jan 12, 2011

Are you passionate about the Delaware River? Check out this great opportunity from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council!

Become a River Ambassador!

What is a River Ambassador?
Think of an ambassador as a leader who cares about the Delaware River and wants to share their enthusiasm, experiences and knowledge with others. The ambassador program is similar to a docent program used by museums, zoos and historical societies.

What does a River Ambassador do?
River Ambassadors will help inform people in the region about the Tidal Delaware River (Morrisville/Trenton to Marcus Hook), and will help plan/lead trips, tours, and clean up events along the river. By doing this, Ambassadors educate the community about the importance of the Delaware River as a natural resource, encourage recreational use of the Delaware River, and help steward the River.

Ambassadors will decide how they want to be involved. River Ambassadors will be asked to organize and plan three to five activities per year. Potential activities could include:

  • Organizing one to two clean ups at a riverfront boat launch or park
  • Making two to three presentations about the river’s ecology, history or recreation to a boat club, community organization, school, church, etc.
  • Organizing two walking or birding tours along the riverfront; or organizing a boating outing or fishing trip.
  • Tabling (setting up display and handing out info) for the Tidal Delaware River at two community events such as the Delaware County Riverfront Ramble, Delaware River Day, Coast Day, Go Green Expo, Philadelphia Boat Show, Outdoors Sports Expo, etc.
  • Organizing two training session for people who want to learn more about outdoor photography, geocaching, navigation skills, or other boating/paddling skills
  • Training future River Ambassadors!

How do I become a River Ambassador?
1. Complete the online registration form noting your contact info, experience, interest in the Delaware River. Access the form by clicking here. Submit your application by January 14, 2011.
2. Participate in a telephone interview so we can learn a little more about you and how you’d like to participate.

Selected applicants will:
1. Pay a $75 registration fee
2. Attend a 6-8 week training session (1-2 absences allowed). Sessions will be 1 ½ to 2 hours per week.
3. Take the “final exam,” which involves scheduling and hosting your first presentation, tour or other “in the field” activity.

Sounds like a great opportunity! We hope some of our great watershed stewards will sign up!

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