Under this strategy, we support efforts to:

Increase public access to rivers and streams, particularly those that are recovering from more than a century of impairment and where historically there have been physical or other barriers to access. Funding is provided for:

  • The Circuit Trails, Greater Philadelphia’s 800-mile regional trail network (325+ miles currently built). More than half of the Circuit Trails parallel or cross rivers, streams or canals, providing significant opportunities for visual and physical access to waterways.
  • Strategically located docks and boat ramps designed for kayaks, canoes, and other human-powered small craft. Most docks we fund are accessible via the Circuit Trails.


Engage a diverse array of people in experiential environmental learning and outdoor recreation on waterways and trails, particularly people who have been left out of the conservation movement, including communities of color. This funding area includes support for:

  • The Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE), a network of 23 environmental education and outdoor recreation centers on waterways and Circuit Trails or trails that connect to the Circuit.
  • Experiential programs, offered by AWE centers and others, that make use of trails and rivers and directly reach community members with information about the watershed.