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河之探索 Delivers Eco-Friendly Flagship Vessel to Pittsburgh for Educational Mission from the Gulf Coast
河之探索’s Explorer is first-of-its-kind model for river environmental education and 绿色 marine technologies.
PITTSBURGH, PA-August 13, 2008-Explorer, 河之探索’一艘新的混合动力教育船“探索者”号今天上午10点在美国东部时间抵达匹兹堡，途经埃姆斯沃思锁和大坝。
“她像梦一样运作” said 河之探索’的船长，金伯利·波尔（Kimberly Porr），俄亥俄州河流域为数不多的获得商业许可的女河船长之一，其通航水道超过1000英里。“这是一段漫长的旅程，但她肯定是一条高效的船。”
河之探索 docked Explorer at their homeport next to Carnegie Science Center by early afternoon. Ann Metzger, Interim Co-Director of the Science Center, joined in the welcome. “We all have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Explorer and her important contributions to environmental education in the region. 河之探索 has been a good neighbor and is a great partner to Carnegie Science Center in delivering education programming to Pittsburgh youth and families.”
今天’s arrival marks the beginning of a month of intensive preparation for 河之探索 crew and staff to take their first passengers on board in the coming months after local United States Coast Guard inspections are completed. 河之探索 hopes to be able to deliver its first school program on board Explorer on September 19th with Shadyside Academy middle school students on board. But local USCG approval is still required and cannot be rushed, as safety and proper crew training are of the utmost importance.
河之探索’s staff, Board of Directors, staff family members and special friends welcomed Explorer and her crew of seven from the decks of 河之探索’美国海军退役的“发现”号和私家船从Emsworth Lock和Dam驶入匹兹堡游泳池。这次旅行的完美结局包括穿越由美国陆军工程兵部队建造，维护和操作的49处船闸，以将船和船员提升至710河水位′匹兹堡市区海拔之上–重量超过80吨的船可不是一件容易的事。
“这是我职业生涯中最骄傲的时刻之一，” said Karl Thomas, 河之探索 Executive Director. “这是一个非常具有挑战性和回报的项目，但是我知道在过去的十天里住在Explorer之后，家人很高兴能让我回家。以8英里/小时的速度行驶1,600英里是观看美国的绝妙方式’s inland waterways.”
河之探索 is proud to deliver Explorer to Pittsburgh, a city known internationally for its own environmental transformation, for her special mission. Explorer was designed and built by 河之探索 to serve the Pittsburgh community for decades to come and funded, sponsored and financed by local partners, most notably The Heinz Endowments, the PA Department of Natural Resources and a large number of local foundations, corporations, other PA government agencies and individuals.
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河之探索, formerly Pittsburgh Voyager, is an award-winning not-for-profit education organization offering river-based educational programs for students, teachers, and the community. 河之探索 also provides a range of public programs, including interpretive cruises and private charters for businesses, organizations and the public.
河之探索’s mission is to connect people to their environment through river education adventure programs. Since launching programs in 1995 as Pittsburgh Voyager, 河之探索 has served nearly 80,000 individuals through on-board education programming. More than 64,000 elementary, middle and high school students representing 239 schools from 66 school districts in 11 western Pennsylvania counties have participated in standards-based learning programs, with themes ranging from environmental science and regional history to physical science and mathematics. Along with students, more than 2,500 teachers and college students and 17,000 members of the general public have participated in 河之探索 programs.
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