Upper Delaware S&RR Joins National Find Your Park Movement
Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. Launched by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.
Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place -- it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.
Come “Find Your Park” at Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River or any of the other 407 units of the National Park Service. You can “Find Your Park” at the Upper Delaware by exploring the various hiking trails in the river corridor, walking across the historic Roebling Bridge, joining us for the Zane Grey Festival, or visiting any of the public accesses along the river to try your hand at fishing for trout or shad this spring. There will also be a variety of special centennial activities going on in the park this year. “There is something for everyone at Upper Delaware S&RR.” stated Superintendent Kris Heister. “We invite our visitors and area residents to help us celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service by getting out to enjoy the resources within the Delaware River corridor and to share their stories about that experience."
Visit the “Find Your Park” website at http://findyourpark.com/ to sample upcoming centennial events near you, share your stories, and find your park! Visit the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River website at www.nps.gov/upde or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/updeNPS for updates on programs and activities you can experience throughout the year.
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River Seeks Volunteers to be Watershed Stewards
BEACH LAKE, PA – The National Park Service, Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River is looking for individuals to donate a few hours of their time at some of the busiest Upper Delaware River boat launches and access points on weekends throughout the summer visitor season, from June 13th through September 6, 2015. If you are someone who enjoys spending time outdoors, consider yourself to be a “people person”, and find yourself with some extra time on your hands, then signing up to be a Watershed Steward may be the perfect opportunity for you!
Aquatic invasive species are a growing threat in the Delaware River and beyond. Trained Watershed Stewards stationed along the Upper Delaware River will be able to play a part in stopping the introduction and transport of invasive species by fishing tackle, footwear, and boat trailers through conducting visual inspections, interviewing water body users, and encouraging them to properly clean all equipment before using it on another body of water. When invasive species take hold in a body of water, they can displace native species and rapidly multiply, making waterways impassible to boats, alter water quality, and negatively affect tourism.
All volunteers will be required to attend a mandatory training which will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at PPL’s Environmental Learning Center located at 126 PPL Drive in Hawley, PA. This day long training will familiarize volunteers with the Watershed Stewards Manual, get them acquainted with aquatic invasive species that threaten our region through hands on identification, and train them in how to talk to river users and conduct a boat inspection. Training day lunch will be generously provided by the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP).
Volunteer efforts will be focused on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays which are the days that see peek visitor use at the river throughout the summer months. All volunteers will be signed up as official National Park Service VIPs, will receive a shirt and ball cap to wear when on duty as a Watershed Steward, and be rewarded with plenty of fresh air and scenic views while spending their summer outdoors in the Upper Delaware River Valley. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer please contact Watershed Steward Volunteer Coordinators Ginny Fiero or Ingrid Peterec at (570) 685-4871. Please rsvp for the June 12th training by June 7, 2015.