Tidal Schuylkill River Tour won a $1000 grant at Stake #3, July 17, 2011

1. Describe the project a STAKE Grant would help you accomplish (approx. 100 words):

This project has three components:

1. Develop and lead participatory workshop with the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory summer campers on repairing and refinishing a 12ft jon boat.

2. Procure the necessary licensure and safety devices to comply with Pennsylvania Boat Safety Regulations in order to conduct accessible tours of the tidal Schuylkill River. The tour narrative will consist of stories and information I have complied on the history, ecology, and redevelopment of the tidal Schuylkill. The inaugural tour will be with the Wooden Boat Factory campers.

3. The tour will be filmed and edited to be aired on Philadelphia’s public access channel.

2. How will you use the grant toward the realization of your project? $750 is your imaginary budget (50 words):


3 PFD’s’s $40
1 boat registration $50
1 Motor tune-up $200
1 flare kit $20
1 cable lock $30
Fiberglass supplies $100
Safety equipment $40
Marine paint $40
Gasoline $30
Photocopying $50
PhillyCAM production course $75
PhillyCAM video editing course: $75

3. A little about yourself and what led you to your current creative goals. This may include a previous project of yours, ways it both succeeded and failed (this can be entirely unrelated to your proposal) (100 words):
I have been exploring the tidal Schuylkill since 2000. My parents were raised within blocks of the river, in southwest Philadelphia. My interest in the river began listening to their stories of swimming and fishing along its banks. I moved to West Philadelphia in 2000 and discovered that many of my neighbors had little engagement with a river that was blocks away. I have been seeking out ways to change that - from taking friends and neighbors out on small boats to more organized activities, including the Tidal Schuylkill Boat Parade, which I organized this spring.

4. Why is this project important? How will it benefit the community? (100 words):

This project will provide hands-on experiential learning to Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory campers in fiberglass skills. The workshop will be fun, skill-building, and inspirational. The tours of the tidal Schuylkill and the video which will run on Philadelphia’s public access channel will tell a unique story about the river, educate the community about its importance as a natural and recreational resource and help increase stewardship and appreciation of this magical part of the river. After this inaugural tour I will continue to seek out opportunities to offer the tour to students, neighbors, and anyone interested in the river.