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Planning Team

Alliance for Watershed Education

The Delaware River Festival would not be where it is today if it weren’t for the teamwork between nonprofit, government, and private organizations throughout the region over the years.


Today, the planning team is made up of representatives from each of the core partners listed below.  We’ve been growing since the beginning, and can’t wait to see what’s in store in the future!

Alliance for Watershed Education Website

The Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River is a collaborative effort that brings together 23 environmental education centers in Delaware, New Jersey & Pennsylvania to raise awareness of and increase communities’ access to the waterways and tributaries that make up our 13,000 square mile watershed. Each AWE Center offers unique programming, both outdoors and virtually, and many have trail systems or a Circuit Trail to hike, bike, or run.


Learn more about the Centers, their programming, and environmental job openings at

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The mission of the Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium is Education and Youth Development through promoting the understanding, appreciation, and protection of aquatic life and habitats.

The nonprofit Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium is a leader in conservation-oriented research, environmental education, and community service both locally and globally.

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Independence Seaport Museum’s mission is to increase the awareness, knowledge, and experience of our waterways by highlighting the essential role of the Delaware River through direct contact with our collections, exhibits, and the water.  The Museum’s collections, and National Historic Landmark ships, examine the interaction of society and water over the nation’s history.  Our on-water programming, offered to those who might be considered novices all the way to even the most experienced paddler, allows us to connect everyone to the Delaware River where they can understand its historical, economic, and environmental importance. 

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, host of the Delaware Estuary Program, leads science-based and collaborative efforts to improve the tidal Delaware River and Bay, which spans Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

We envision everyone working together for healthy water, thriving fish and wildlife, and abundant recreational activities in and around the tidal Delaware River and Bay to support people, communities, and a robust economy.

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Whether providing safe water for residents to drink, supplying water for industries to manufacture goods, or protecting the region's water resources, serving our customers with quality has been our commitment throughout our nearly 200-year history.

Philadelphia Water Department

The Camden County Park System’s 21 parks and conservation areas offer over 2,000 acres of natural settings for picnics, family gatherings, sporting events, beautiful waterways for fishing and boating, a wealth of playgrounds and a variety of ball fields that are close to home.

Highlights of the Camden County Park System include the New Brooklyn Park Disc Golf Course, the Watchable Wildlife Trail at Maria Barnaby Greenwald Memorial Park, and the Timber Creek Dog Park. The Park System also includes the award-winning and fully accessible Challenge Grove Park, designed to be enjoyed by everyone regardless of physical ability.

Take a moment to visit all our parks on and see great photos, amenities at each park, or even download a park map.

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