Community Paddle Trips

RiverGuides Ecology History Paddles

Registration for the 2018 paddling season is OPEN!

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 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.  Please note: at present, our group maximum for paddling trips is 15 participants.  If your group is larger than 15 individuals, please contact Jeremiah directly to inquire about scheduling an alternate experience or event.  Also, all paddlers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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 »


Trip Dates

UrbanPromise will offer paddling excursions on the following dates.  Prior registration is required at the links above for Ecology History Paddles and on the I Paddle Camden page for those two exclusive paddles.  Once a date is booked, it will be removed from the registration page.

RiverGuides Ecology History Paddles

Wednesday, June 20 - 8:00 AM

Friday, June 22 - 10:00 AM

Wednesday, June 27 - 2:00 PM

Friday, June 29 - 2:30 PM

Tuesday, July 10 - 12:00 PM - BOOKED

Tuesday, July 24 - 12:00 PM

Friday, July 27 - 2:30 PM

Monday, August 6 - 9:30 AM

Friday, August 10 - 1:00 PM

Sunday, August 12 - 2:30 PM


Saturday, June 23 - 9:00 AM (Newton Creek)

Saturday, July 21 - 8:30 AM (Cooper River)

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
  • 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.