Delaware & Lehigh - Education

Passing our heritage down for generations

Educational Programs and Curriculum

More than 100,000 students and adults immerse themselves in our heritage annually in outdoor and educational programs, including our award-winning Tales of the Towpath fourth-grade curriculum, Immersion Days field trips, the Freemansburg Canal Education Center, environmental education programs, conferences, and workshops.

The Tales of the Towpath 

This traveling curriculum offers 4th- and 5th-grade students a unique opportunity to explore mid-19th century life along the Lehigh and Delaware canals and understand the canals’ importance in America’s growth during our 19th Century Industrial Revolution. Developed by a team of advisors comprised of teachers, principals, curriculum coordinators, and historians, Tales of the Towpath is centered on an illustrated storybook that follows the life of a young Irish boy – Finn Gorman – whose father takes his family to America in 1846 and eventually becomes a canal boat captain. Young Finn’s adventures lead readers on a journey into the region’s past, when anthracite coal was fueling industrial and economic growth.