Nature lovers have a chance to combine cycling with learning in the “Water Ways on Wheels” bike tour, a new initiative by the Master Watershed Stewards of the Lower Susquehanna.

This educational outing on wheels, set for Saturday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will introduce participants to the diverse landscapes and historical backdrop of the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail.

Launched in 2020, the steward program is a joint endeavor by Penn State Extension and conservation districts of Dauphin, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties, alongside local conservation groups. It equips individuals with the expertise to effectively communicate their knowledge on environmental conservation.

The bike tour will offer discussions on watershed features, local history, and geology, and span roughly 15 miles of paved trail, starting at East Donegal Township Riverfront Park and stretching to Fisherman’s Wharf in Falmouth. Cyclists are anticipated to spend 2.5 to 3 hours on the tour, including informative stops and a water break.

Helmets are mandatory for all riders, and participants are encouraged to bring road, mountain, or gravel bikes. The ride will have designated leaders and sweepers accompanying the group to help ensure safety. Post-tour, attendees will be treated to local snacks, a recap of the journey’s educational highlights, and a discussion session.

Registration is required for the 21-and-over event, with a $10 fee per participant. All riders must provide their own bikes and helmets. Secure your spot by visiting the Penn State Extension website, or contact Jim Lewis for further information at

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