Paddling Trips

Due to the pandemic, all of our community paddles, including Community Boating Day, have been cancelled until further notice.

Noilda Sousa, Environmental Education Program Director


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. Throughout the summer, each trip is led by our trained RiverGuides, all of whom are Camden youth.  The trip is fully outfitted with boats and equipment. Contact Noilda Sousa to learn about additional environmental education paddling field trip opportunities and private tours for your students, after school program, or conservation group.  Please note: at present, our group maximum for paddling trips is 15 participants.  If your group is larger than 15 individuals, please contact our office directly to inquire about scheduling an alternate experience or event.  Also, all paddlers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants will be able to paddle for 30 minute sessions, and boats, paddles, and life vests will be provided. You can sign up day of, but please know you may not be guaranteed a particular paddle time. Paddle time slots will be 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, and 5:30pm. Children under 16 will need to participate alongside a parent or guardian. Anyone under 18 will need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. 

Come out and join us! Email questions to Hope to see you there!

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.

Spring and Fall paddles

Contact Noilda Sousa to schedule a paddling trip for your group.

Summer paddles

Registration books up quickly, so if you want to reserve a date for your group email Noilda.




Thursday, June 27 9:30 AM BOOKED
Saturday, June 29 11:15 AM BOOKED
Wednesday, July 3 2:00 PM BOOKED
Friday, July 12 10:00 AM BOOKED
Thursday, August 1 2:00 PM  BOOKED
Tuesday, August 13 12:15 PM BOOKED

Register to paddle » 

Important Information

  • All paddlers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Ecology History Paddle trips meet at the Kaighn Avenue Dam on Park Avenue behind the Sneaker Outlet
  • Everyone is welcome!  
  • Trip is somewhat strenous, paddling 2-3 hours and lifting canoes
  • Basic instructions and parking information can be found here


A River Homecoming: Rediscovering the Cooper River from UrbanTrekkers on Vimeo.