1. Celebrated the Schuylkill as Pennsylvania's River of the Year
We were pretty pleased when the Schuylkill was voted in as River of the Year through an online public vote last December. And since our organization was designated as the lead agency to promote the River of the Year honor, we celebrated all year long. We made River of the Year the theme of our annual Schuylkill River Sojourn and held five special events in various communities along the river.. Read more.
2 Pedaled through Our National Parks
3. Led our 16th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn
4. Expanded the Schuylkill River Trail.
5. Fostered Outdoor Recreation with Community Bike Shares.
6. Introduced a Unique Traveling Exhibit of Revolutionary War Illustrations
Bringing the War of Independence to Life: 19th Century Illustrations of the American Revolution, is a unique traveling exhibit featuring 42 illustrations from the private collection of Heritage Area Executive Director Kurt Zwikl. It was displayed in two National Parks: Valley Forge and Morristown in New Jersey. We are exploring the possibility of bringing the exhibit to additional sites in other National Heritage Areas next year. Learn more.
6. Distributed Grants to Improve River Water Quality.
7. Pedaled and Paddled.
Our round-trip Pedal and Paddle biking/kayaking adventures continue to be among our most popular events. Since we introduced our first Pedal & Paddle in 2011, they have consistently sold out nearly as soon as we begin advertising them. In 2014, we held on Pedal & Paddle each month from May through September. Over the course of the summer, we took 75 people on a 4.5 mile ride along the Schuylkill River Trail in Pottstown, a tour of Historic Morlatton Village and a return trip via kayak.
8. Held our 11th Annual Art Show.
The 11th Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area art show once again served as a showcase for regional talent that highlighted the beauty of the river valley. The show featured 82 original works, including the Best of Show pastel shown above by artist Susan Williamson. The exhibit, at the Montgomery County Community College West Campus Gallery, ran from Sept. 16 to Oct. 17. Over 100 people attended the opening reception.
9. Expanded our Educational Program for At-Risk Students.
10. Encouraged Tourism with Our Interpretive Center and Gateway Centers.
Our River of Revolutions Interpretive Center, which opened in 2012, has introduced hundreds of visitors to facts about the region's history, environment and recreational and visitor opportunities. Located in our Pottstown headquarters, the River of Revolutions Interpretive Center serves as a visitors center for the entire Schuylkill River region. We also added two new Gateway Centers in Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven. Gateway Centers are information booths that feature information and a video about the Heritage Area, tourism brochures and a wall map pinpointing places to visit and things to do in the region.