Stream Stewards Spring Watershed Cleanup at First State NHP - Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River

Stream Stewards Spring Watershed Cleanup at First State NHP

Saturday, September 19th 2020

All day

Daily, Saturday, September 19th - Saturday, October 3rd

All day

The Stream Stewards annual Fall Watershed Cleanup event held in First State National Historical Park is going virtual this year. While we can’t gather in person, you can help ensure cleaner water for wildlife and people living downstream of your community by picking up litter in your neighborhood or local park.
Pitch in for cleaner water at this year’s Stream Stewards Virtual Watershed Cleanup happening from September 19 (International Coastal Cleanup Day) to October 3. All participants who complete the required steps will receive a give-away item thank-you gift for their efforts. Additional prizes will also be awarded for most trash collected and weirdest piece of trash.
Step 1—Commit: Help protect your local streams and rivers by picking up litter in your neighborhood or local park between Sept. 19 and Oct. 3. Set a date and make a plan–remember, safety first!
Step 2—Get Outside: Have a fun and safe socially-distanced clean up! Go solo or bring members of your household. Just remember your gloves, mask, hand sanitizer, and separate bags for trash and recycling. Don’t forget to wash your hands after you have properly disposed of and recycled the items.
Step 3—Share Your Experience: Complete the Virtual Watershed Cleanup participation survey to be eligible for prizes. To access the survey go to or click on on the “Tickets Available” link at the top of this event page.
Share photos of your experience with your friends on social media by tagging us on Instagram or Twitter or posting photos here on the Facebook event page. Connect with other River Days events by tagging @dralliance and/or using the #Alliance4WatershedEd #RiverDays2020 hashtags.
On October 14 we’ll host a virtual follow-up event where we’ll report on your successes, share your photos, and talk about the importance of clean water for both people and nature.
While you’re picking up litter, make note of the items you’re seeing the most of—we find it’s usually mostly plastic. If you find any strange items, take a photo and submit it with your survey for the chance to claim the title for the weirdest piece of trash. An extra prize will also be given to the person or family that collects the most garbage—submitting a photo with your survey is required for us to verify. Taking “Before and After” photos are also a great way to show off your hard work. Be safe and enjoy your time outdoors!
WHY IT MATTERS: Each September, The Nature Conservancy in Delaware and First State National Historical Park host a watershed cleanup event in celebration of the cherished Delaware River, as part of the River Days events hosted by the 23 centers that make up the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE) of the Delaware River. Dozens of community members volunteer their time to pick up litter from streams in the park’s Brandywine Valley unit–preventing hundreds of pounds of plastic and waste from breaking down in our water. The streams flowing through the park empty into the Brandywine Creek, the source of the City of Wilmington’s drinking water.
The Brandywine Creek lies in the Delaware River watershed which provides drinking water to nearly 13 million people in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Residents of Delaware and Pennsylvania are welcome to participate in this virtual cleanup event no matter what watershed they live in. Don’t know what watershed you live in? Go to to learn more.