Alumni

Biology Field Trip with Students and Prof. Goddard!

Join Professor Kate Goddard and current UC students at Lock 60 of the Schuylkill Canal!

On the National Registry of Historical Places, Lock 60 of the Schuylkill Canal is one of only two sections of the Schuylkill Navigation System that still contain water and the only operating lock remaining on the Schuylkill River. Learn about how the locks worked, the goods that were transported on the canal in past centuries and the ecological effects of the canal on the river. Tour the lock keeper’s house, and take some water samples to compare the amount of oxygen in the river vs the canal. The tour of the canal and lock keeper’s house will be followed by an optional walk up into the hills to view a beautiful stream and forest that is surprisingly quiet given the proximity to civilization. This part of the tour requires sturdy shoes and the ability to walk about a mile, including on a narrow hillside path. 

Alumni interested in joining this trip should provide their own transportation and plan to meet at 1:50 p.m. at Lock 60.  The tour will conclude by 3:00 p.m. and the water quality testing and hike will end by 4:00 p.m.

The tour by Schuylkill Canal Association (SCA) President, David Williams is free (donations to the SCA for the upkeep of the facility are gratefully accepted).

To RSVP, please contact Annparke Sullivan in the office of advancement at 610-409-3585 or asullivan@ursinus.edu.