The grant will support the next phase of planning for River Alive!, an interactive exhibition that will showcase the science, ecology, and stewardship of the river's watershed. The grant also will support essential upgrades to and an expansion of the museum’s docks, which are located at the northern end of Penn's Landing Marina in the heart of the city's waterfront district.
"Independence Seaport Museum is honored to receive this grant, which recognizes our role as a cultural and educational gateway to the Delaware River and watershed," said museum president and CEO John Brady. "Through the foundation's generosity, we are excited to offer more opportunities for residents and visitors alike to experience our waterways and learn more about their vital place in our community and urban ecosystem."
In addition, the museum is administering a second grant from the William Penn Foundation on behalf of a network of twenty-three environmental education centers located on the Circuit Trails system near the river or one of its tributaries. Among other things, the funding will support the network's efforts to develop shared programs and coordinated messaging about the importance of clean water and the preservation of waterways.