The Brandywine Trek takes high school students from the headwaters of the Brandywine River in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, to its mouth in Wilmington, Delaware. They hike and canoe the length of the river, camp under the stars, and live simply on the land. Along the way they meet with scientists, conservationists, historians, park rangers, and farmers — both to learn more about the river and to report on what they found. Their goal: to become spokespeople for the Brandywine and to bring public attention to the importance of protecting its water and the land that feeds it.
“The river has an awesome history … and I didn’t know that it has this beauty about it, that you don’t fully understand until you drink it, swim in it, fish in it, canoe in it. Until you really get to know the Brandywine you can never truly appreciate it.” — Sarah, 2011 Brandywine Trek