Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Active Movement

Students examine a skeleton at Delaware Water Gap's environmental center
An NPF grant allowed Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Pocono Environmental Center to market trail programs and teach recreational skills.

For 40 miles the Middle Delaware River passes between low forested mountains with barely a house in sight. Then the river cuts through the mountain ridge to form the famed "Water Gap." The river runs another 200 miles to the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean at Wilmington, Delaware. Though set aside as an area for outdoor recreation, the land of this park is rich in history.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGNRA) and its partner Pocono Environmental Center offer a tried and true variety of programs that involve both direct and active use of the trail system and promote healthy living and wellness.

Through this grant they robustly marketed the trail opportunities and activities throughout the region, leveraging contacts within 150 school districts and other partner organizations which attract an estimated 750 new individuals to the trail. They also created five new program opportunities specifically designed for teaching new recreational skills, further enhancing opportunities to get and active outdoors.



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