For over 15 years, the Delaware River Steamboat Floating Classroom has delighted school and adult groups with 1.5 hour educational sails on the beautiful Delaware River in Lambertville, NJ. Younger students learn in a “hands-on” way about our watershed and ways to protect it; the importance of “river critters” (macroinvertebrates); the chemistry of the river and the balance needed to sustain life; the environmental history of the Delaware River through the local hero the American Shad. And the trip itself is a great opportunity to see wildlife-perhaps a bald eagle, cormorants, water snakes, blue herons.
Students of all ages see first-hand “America’s First Great Invention” - the steamboat , as shared with them by the ship engineer. And, from the river, the history of our unique region comes alive – a crossing spot of the Continental Army, the homes and subjects of the New Hope Impressionists, the Bucks County Playhouse, a real shad fishery, the canals and the crossing point for canal boats, and much more.
Nominations to the Board are now being accepted
SPLASH is currently transitioning from providing environmental education aboard our steamboat to providing the same rich educational experience aboard an alternate vessel, and on land. Consequently, we are searching for leaders from the nonprofit and for-profit sector to serve as volunteer Board Members who will be dedicated to advancing our mission through and beyond this transition.
We are searching for candidates having skills, expertise and experience in any of the following areas:
Financial Management; Marketing; Fundraising; Public Relations; Human Resources; Entrepreneurship.
Board members must commit to a term of three years. Attendance at quarterly board meetings is required. Board members are active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and are fully engaged in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for SPLASH to advance its mission.
Wanted: Citizen Science Volunteers
Join a team of volunteers to monitor water quality in the Delaware River and its tributaries in Lambertville. No experience is required, and all training is provided.
- Attend a one-hour free training session
- Minimum 1-2 hours per month for field work
- Access: easy walk or bike ride, to sample sites
Hiring Citizen Science Intern (Paid)
SPLASH seeks an intern to help manage our Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring project. Responsibilities will include assistance with: 1) citizen scientist volunteer coordination, care, and recruitment 2) data collection and entry into Google sheets 4) preparing graphs and relevant documents; 5) communication and outreach; 6) attendance and networking at conferences if desired. Training and equipment will be provided. Travel expenses to project-relevant conferences and work-shops will be covered by SPLASH. A stipend will be provided for work completed (June - Sept, or as indicated. Two hours per week. Contact Allison Brown, PhD: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer to Teach Environmental Science or History
Share your passion for environmental science or area history! We work with grades 3 through college. Our sailing season is May through October. Training and lesson plans are provided.
- Watershed stewardship
- Chemistry of the River
- Basic Birding-Shad Migration
- History of the D&R Canal (Guided walk)
- History of the River Towns