River Ambassadors

The River Ambassadors program provides intensive, hands-on science learning experiences for Philadelphia high school students at Independence Seaport Museum. 

Students participate in the River Ambassadors program at the Museum to learn as much as possible about Philadelphia's surrounding rivers and watershed and why and how to protect them. Ambassadors demonstrate Citizen Science Lab programs for the public, participate in on-water activities, conduct daily water testing in our boat basin, care for our floating wetlands, and spend time in Spruce Street Harbor Park demonstrating how anyone can take small steps to care for our environment. 

River Ambassadors are integral to better connecting Philadelphia's communities with our waterways. Join them at one of the following upcoming community events: 

Storm Drain Labeling 
Saturday, July 21, 11 a.m. 

Using materials provided by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and the Philadelphia Water Department, our River Ambassadors will be leading volunteers on Saturday, July 21, at 11 a.m., throughout the neighborhood of Old City, to label storm drains in the area.  

There are around 75,000 inlets across Philadelphia collecting stormwater runoff from our homes, sidewalks, and streets, as well as any pollutants and trash that might be picked up along the way. In the Old City neighborhood alone, that runoff flows straight into the Delaware River, a source of drinking water for over 15 million people. By labeling our storm drains, our Ambassadors (and you!) help protect our waterways by reminding your family, friends, neighbors, and strangers, that only rain should go down the drain. 

The event begins at Christ Church Park (not the burial site) located at 20 N American Street, next to the 2nd Street Septa Market-Frankford line stop. Groups will be established after arrival, and materials and maps will be provided for marking purposes. As this event will be taking place outside, we highly recommend you bring sunscreen, water, and any snacks you may need to stay hydrated and cool. 

Please reserve your spot through the registration link below, or contact Mayci Shimon, River Alive! Programs Coordinator, at 215-413-8665 or mshimon@phillyseaport.org

See what students are up to in our River Ambassadors blog: