For Immediate Release
April 13, 2021
Janet Sweeney, POWR, 570-718-6507
POWR announces 2021 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grant Awards
Luzerne – The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Pennsylvania River Sojourn Grants. These grants are awarded on a competitive basis.
The Pennsylvania Sojourn Program is administered by POWR in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The PA Sojourn Program is nationally unique, distributing grants across the state to local organizations and their sojourn events. These grants support between 10 and 20 paddling events each year, encompassing over 500 river miles and 50+ on-the-water days, offering more than 100 educational programs, and engaging over 4,000 people.
Sojourns are not only a fun outdoor activity but are also an effective tool for raising awareness about our rivers and the issues affecting them, educating and enhancing community involvement about natural and cultural resources, and promoting and encouraging watershed stewardship. The Sojourn program serves as a bridge to bring our communities to our rivers and streams to educate them, enabling them to become lifelong stewards of these resources. River sojourns offer a different point of view on some of Pennsylvania’s treasured landscapes and historic and cultural assets.
While closely monitoring the developments regarding the coronavirus and the recommendations prescribed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as state and local officials and out of an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of all attendees in mind, certain events may be postponed or even cancelled. We strongly advise that you check the links to each organizations’ website below for the most up to date information on their sojourns.
To view a map of sojourns planned statewide this year, click on this link: 2021 Sojourn Map
2021 PA Sojourn Mini-Grantees:
Loyalhanna Watershed Association for the 7th Annual Loyalhanna Sojourn on the Loyalhanna Creek scheduled for May 1, 2021.
Middle Spring Watershed Association for the Conodoguinet Creek Sojourn on the Conodoguinet Creek scheduled for May 21 through May 23, 2021.
Conemaugh Valley Conservancy for the Stony-Kiski-Conemaugh Rivers Sojourn on the Stonycreek, Conemaugh and Kiskiminetas Rivers scheduled for June 3 through the June 6, 2021.
Endless Mountains Heritage Region for the Family Fun Sojourn on the Susquehanna River – North Branch scheduled for June 5 through June 6, 2021.
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy for the Perkiomen Creek Sojourn on the Perkiomen Creek. Scheduled for June 5, 2021.
French Creek Valley Conservancy for the French Creek Passport Paddle on the French Creek scheduled on June 19, 2021.
Endless Mountains Heritage Region for the Heritage Benefit Paddle Series on the Susquehanna River scheduled on July 10; July 31; and October 2, 2021.
Jacobs Creek Watershed Association for the Jacobs Creek Family Fun Float Day on Jacobs Creek scheduled for June 26, 2021.
Wildlands Conservancy for the Lehigh River Sojourn on the Lehigh River. Scheduled for June 26 through June 28, 2021.
Tree Pittsburgh First Waves for the First Waves Pittsburgh Events on the Allegheny and Stonycreek Rivers. Scheduled for June and August of 2021.
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy for the Floating Classroom Program on the Perkiomen Creek: Green Lane Reservoir. Scheduled for June 21 through June 25, 2021 and July 12 through July 16, 2021.
Schuylkill River Greenway Association for the Schuylkill River Sojourn on the Schuylkill River. Scheduled for July 31 through August 4, 2021.
Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition for the 2021 Delaware River Sojourn “Focus on Fish” on the Delaware River, West Branch, Brodhead Creek and Martin’s Creek. Scheduled for August 6 through August 13, 2021.
POWR, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, administers the Pennsylvania Sojourn program. POWR has been in place for over a decade and has sponsored trips on many of the Commonwealth’s rivers. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) is the prime sponsor of the program.