The Delaware Riverkeeper Network presents the Virtual Canoe Race, an online adventure that offers information and activities on Geography, History, and Science in a trivia contest format.

During the Virtual Canoe Race, participants learn about the Delaware River watershed and test their knowledge — with the chance to win great prizes — as they compete with other youth from across the watershed.

Starting on October 2 and then every Monday for six weeks, ten questions about the Delaware River watershed will be posted under This Week’s Challenge. With every correct answer, participants will see their canoes travel down the virtual Delaware River. In addition, participants may gain bonus miles each week by answering additional questions or completing activities.

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About The Race

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network presents the Virtual Canoe Race, an online adventure that offers information and activities on Geography, History, Culture, and Environmental Science in a trivia contest format. During the Virtual Canoe Race, participants learn about the Delaware River watershed and test their knowledge - with the chance to win great prizes - as they compete with other youth from across the watershed.


How does the Virtual Canoe Race work?

Participants' boats are put in at Hancock, New York, where the east and west branches of the Delaware join to form the main stem Delaware River. Of course, the race is virtual. No need to actually go to Hancock. You play online from your home or classroom, or even from your mobile device.

Starting on October 2 and then every Monday for six weeks, ten questions about the Delaware River watershed will be posted under This Week's Challenge. Every correct answer will move your boat farther down the virtual Delaware River. Bonus miles can be earned each week by completing additional tasks or activities.

Who Can Play

All young paddlers should be 14 years old or younger as of October 2, 2017. Young paddlers should play under the supervision of a parent, guardian, or educator.


Race Time

The Virtual Canoe Race will begin promptly at 9 am on October 2. The Virtual Canoe Race runs for six weeks. All answers and extra mile opportunities questions and must be submitted by 12 am on November 13, 2017.

Even if you enter after October 2, you can still make it to the front of the pack if you paddle hard.



How to Enter

To enter the Virtual Canoe Race, register here.


How to Play

Each week, starting on Monday, October 2, a series of multiple choice questions, along with extra mileage opportunities, will be posted under This Week's Challenge. Virtual Canoe Race questions test knowledge of Delaware River watershed Geography, History, and Science and its communities. Questions will be posted by 9:00 am Monday of each week. Parents, guardians, and educators should work with their young paddlers to answer the weekly sets of questions and submit their answers by 11:59 pm on the following Sunday.

Earn River Miles by:

1. Answering the questions of the week correctly. Each correct answer moves your boat five miles down the virtual Delaware River. A total of 300 River Miles can be earned answering all of the weekly questions correctly (six weeks of questions with 10 questions per week and each question is worth five points).

2. Answering extra mile questions. Each correct answer moves your boat five miles down the virtual Delaware River. Ten extra mile questions will be made available. Answer all, some, or none of these questions to earn extra river miles; the opportunity and choice is yours. Suggested extra mile questions will remain posted for the entire the Virtual Canoe Race. All answers for suggested extra mile tasks and activities must be submitted by 12:00 midnight on November 13. A total of 20 river miles can be earned by completing all of the extra mile questions correctly (10 extra mile questions are available and each question is worth two points).

3. Completing extra mile activities. Three extra mile activities will be made available. The number of river miles awarded for these activities varies. Undertake all, some, or none of the extra mile activities. Extra mile activities remain posted for the entire Virtual Canoe Race. All answers for suggested extra mile activities must be submitted by 12:00 midnight on November 13. A total of 20 river miles can be earned by completing all of the extra mile activities correctly: one extra mile challenge is worth 10 river miles; another extra mile activity has two parts worth three points and two points for a total of five points; and the final extra mile activity is worth five points.

4. Completing timed challenges, tasks, and activities called Rapids to earn extra river miles. Rapids must be requested by the parent, guardian, or educator mentoring young paddlers. Once a Rapids challenge has been issued to young paddlers, they will have just 48 hours to submit an answer. A total of 12 river miles can be earned by completing all of Rapids challenges correctly by the deadline (six Rapids challenges are available and each challenge is worth two points).

The Virtual Canoe Race runs for six weeks.


Prizes

First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades age category as well as in the 6th and 7th grades age category. Prize winners will be announced by 5:00 pm, November 20.


About the Delaware Riverkeeper Network


The Delaware Riverkeeper Network works to champion the rights of our communities to a Delaware River and tributary streams that are free-flowing, clean, healthy, and abundant with a diversity of life.

Why do we offer the Virtual Canoe Race?

The Virtual Canoe Race is designed to increase awareness of the Delaware River watershed. The Virtual Canoe Race made possible by our sponsors, advertisers in the Guide to the Virtual Canoe Race, and members of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. These contributions make it possible to keep registration fees low. Virtual Canoe Race proceeds benefit Delaware Riverkeeper Network efforts to protect the Delaware River and its tributary streams.

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is the only grassroots environmental advocacy organization that operates watershed-wide. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

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