Ecology History Paddle Trips

Join us on a youth-led guided paddling trip down the tidal Cooper River through Camden to learn about the fascinating ecological and industrial history of this piece of the Delaware Watershed. The route finishes with stunning views of the Philadelphia skyline from the back channel of the Delaware River. Each trip is led by our trained Urban BoatWorks RiverGuides, all of whom are Camden youth.  The trip is fully outfitted with boats and equipment. Contact Jeremiah Bean, Environmental Education Program Director to learn about additional environmental education paddling field trip opportunities and private tours for your students, after school program, or conservation group. 


Registration for the 2018 paddling season is OPEN!

UrbanPromise offers its Ecology History Paddle program to the public, including those living in- and outside Camden City.  All participants must register at least 24 hours prior to the launch.  

 Individual Registration Group Registration


Groves to Estuary Partnership

This summer, UrbanPromise is partnering with the Cooper's Ferry Partnership, the Delaware RiverKeeper Network, and the New Jersey Tree Foundation to offer two exlusive paddling trips on the Cooper River (July 21st, 2018) and Newton Creek (June 23rd, 2018).  These paddles are for Camden City residents only, as our aim is to engage city residents with a positive recreational experience on the water within their own community. All paddlers must register at the link below at least 24 hours prior to launch in order to participate.

Groves to Estuary Partnership Paddles


Important Information

  • Ecology History Paddle trips meet at the Kaighn Avenue Dam on Park Avenue behind the Sneaker Outlet
  • Contact Jeremiah Bean for more information
  • Everyone is welcome!  
  • Trip is somewhat strenous, paddling 2-3 hours and lifting canoes
  • Basic instructions and parking information can be found here

From Our Blog...

Camden Teens Rediscover the Cooper River

Apr 7, 2017
RiverGuides: Camden teens rediscover the Cooper River from UrbanTrekkers on Vimeo.