This resource guide was created to document the Watershed Education by Bike (WEB) program developed by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The activities and experiences included in this document are intended to help other organizations and individuals carry on the work and programming started by WEB.
WEB grew from the Camden Youth Cycling Learning and Exercising (CYCLE) program, a summer program that taught Camden public school students the basics
of road riding and bike safety and led these youth on daily rides through their communities. Through CYCLE, the students became more aware of the environment around them. Their curiosity and enthusiasm for the outdoors led to many spontaneous environmental lessons. Those experiences, mixed with the unique views that bicycles allow, presented an opportunity to combine CYCLE with an education program that teaches youth to be aware of, and to understand, water health and its issues.
A program to educate and train future users and stewards of the trail systems in Camden was seen as an important endeavor as more multi-use paths are planned and built along the waterways in the urban environment. Thus, WEB was created with the explicit goal of educating youth through hands-on activities offered along these waterways at access points reachable by bike.