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Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat

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2205 Hiawatha Blvd
Williamsport, PA 17701 United States

July, 2022

Mining Heritage and AMD Issues

July 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat, 2205 Hiawatha Blvd
Williamsport, PA 17701 United States
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Join former Pennsylvania coal miner Van Wagner for interpretive program about the human story behind coal. Who were the people who mined (and still mine) coal?  Where are the coal regions found?  A little bit of music and a lot of history will make for a special program on the Susquehanna. Meanwhile, Bobby Hughes, the executive director of the Eastern PA Coalition of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, will offer a presentation of current issues related to Acid Mine Drainage (AMD). To register and purchase tickets, click…

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Microplastics and Fish Anatomy

July 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat, 2205 Hiawatha Blvd
Williamsport, PA 17701 United States
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Kim Dagen, environmental scientist with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, shares an overview on plastics found in the river, the sampling equipment used and hands-on experiments that demonstrate some of the issues related to microplastics in our waterways. Meanwhile, USGS research fisheries biologist Vicki Blazer will discuss general fish anatomy via a live dissection demonstration. To register and purchase tickets, click here. Each Floating Classroom session will run from 10-11 a.m. the date it is scheduled. Boarding starts at 9:45 a.m. so the boat…

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August, 2022

Bats of our Watershed

August 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat, 2205 Hiawatha Blvd
Williamsport, PA 17701 United States
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Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists talk about the importance of bat species in our watershed, how they impact our aquatic ecosystem and we will review different bat species' identification and characteristics. To register and purchase tickets, click here. Each Floating Classroom session will run from 10-11 a.m. the date it is scheduled. Boarding starts at 9:45 a.m. so the boat can leave the dock promptly at 10 a.m. Cost is $10 for the first child from a family, $8 for each additional child,…

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Invasive Invaders

August 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat, 2205 Hiawatha Blvd
Williamsport, PA 17701 United States
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Dr. Megan Kepler Schall, Assistant Professor Biology at Penn State-Hazelton, and Sydney Stark will lead presentations on common aquatic invasive species that threaten our watershed including the flathead catfish, snakehead and rusty crayfish. To register and purchase tickets, click here. Each Floating Classroom session will run from 10-11 a.m. the date it is scheduled. Boarding starts at 9:45 a.m. so the boat can leave the dock promptly at 10 a.m. Cost is $10 for the first child from a family, $8 for each additional…

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September, 2022

Aquatic Photography and Videography

September 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat, 2205 Hiawatha Blvd
Williamsport, PA 17701 United States
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Dr. Joseph Simons, vice president of the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association and pioneer of the Wild Trout Man video series, will join photographer/videographer Michael Kinney in presentations about their work with tips on how to improve your own photography/videography of our outdoor resources. To register and purchase tickets, click here. Each Floating Classroom session will run from 10-11 a.m. the date it is scheduled. Boarding starts at 9:45 a.m. so the boat can leave the dock promptly at 10 a.m. Cost is $10 for…

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Flooding Impacts and Agnes’ 50th Anniversary

September 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat, 2205 Hiawatha Blvd
Williamsport, PA 17701 United States
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This year is the 50th anniversary of the devastating Agnes flooding throughout the region. This session will offer a look back at the historical elements of the flood with a presentation by Bucknell University's Andrew Stuhl, and how flooding events impact aquatic ecosystems as demonstrated through a floodplain simulation model run by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission's Graham Markowitz and Ben Pratt. To register and purchase tickets, click here. Each Floating Classroom session will run from 10-11 a.m. the date it is scheduled. Boarding starts at…

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Flex Those Mussels

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat, 2205 Hiawatha Blvd
Williamsport, PA 17701 United States
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Sean Reese, program scientist with Bucknell University's Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program, will lead a presentation on freshwater mussel life cycles, their importance in aquatic ecosystems along with some implications for their conservation along with a demonstration of their filtration capacity. Another presentation onboard will focus on identification and invasive species concerns. To register and purchase tickets, click here. Each Floating Classroom session will run from 10-11 a.m. the date it is scheduled. Boarding starts at 9:45 a.m. so the boat can…

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