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An eco-tour boat full of adults and children chugged toward the Ben Franklin Bridge on a sweltering July afternoon. Aside from an osprey nesting in a rusted-out trawler, some deer grazing along the banks, and a lone Jet Ski approaching on the starboard side, they had one of the busiest stretches of the Delaware River all to themselves.
The driver of the Jet Ski pulled up close and waved. Moms and kids waved back. Then the smaller craft sped off and its passenger stood and dropped his shorts, revealing a full moon, well before noon.
Student participants of Urban BoatWorks, through UrbanPromise, spend the school year working with volunteers building canoes, paddleboats and kayaks. After a special ceremony Saturday, the students launched their handmade craft into the water, enjoying a lazy ride along the Cooper River Lake.
Destiny Wilson spent the other day drifting down the languid Cooper River away from Camden, toward the Delaware, in a canoe that she built with her own hands. Excitedly, she identified a double-crested cormorant, then a bald eagle and a few blue herons as they dozed in the shade or soared above. Read more at Philly.com
A few years before the French Revolution, William Bartram shipped over to the French government 50 types of agricultural seeds he’d collected, along with documents showing their names and a short essay about how they were used. Read more at WHYY
When Sandra C. Rekstad stepped into the wooden boat two summers ago bobbing on the Delaware River, she was immediately impressed.