March 2015

Dear Watershed Friends:

Did you know that TTF is marking our tenth anniversary this year? We hope you'll celebrate with us at our annual Milestones event on Wednesday, May 13 at the Globe Dye Works in Frankford.
Call for Nominations
You can also help us celebrate by nominating people, organizations, public agencies, and companies whose efforts in improving and protecting the TTF watershed deserve special recognition. Nominees must live, work, or have completed projects within our watershed.

Awards will be made in these categories and presented on May 13: Friend, Educator, Municipal Leader, Youth Champion, Corporate Steward, Non-Profit Steward, Legacy Award. Click here for the Nomination Form. The deadline is Friday, April 3.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Looking for ways to promote your company and support TTF? Join our group of awesome sponsors! Contact me for information.

See you soon,
Julie

 

A recent generous donation by the Wyncote Audubon Society of twelve pairs of binoculars will improve the experience of our avid Tacony Creek Park birdwatchers. Read more about this special gift here.  

 

GOT GREEN STORMWATER IDEAS?

 

The Philadelphia Water Department is looking for community partners to develop green stormwater management projects as part of the Green City, Clean Waters program.

 

Do you have ideas for potential green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) projects in your community? At schools, recreation centers, parks, public spaces and parking lots? PWD will also review neighborhood-wide submissions of GSI opportunities. Submit your ideas here

3rd Annual Healthy Trails 5k
in Tacony Creek Park on April 19!

 


The third annual Healthy Trails 5K run/walk in Tacony Creek Park will start and finish on the Friends Hospital campus. This event is on a fully paved, stroller and pet friendly trail. Bring the whole family!

Registration opens on Friday, March 6 at 12 p.m. 
Keep an eye out for our race registration email! 

50 Broad Street Run bibs for the first 50 registrants.

 

DATE: Sunday, April 19

TIME: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

PLACE: Friends Hospital, 4641 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia 19124

CONTACT: Robin Irizarry at robin@ttfwatershed.org/215.744.1853

 

FRIENDS OF HIGH SCHOOL PARK
WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBER!

The Friends of High School Park (FHSP) recently welcomed our Community Watershed Leader, DoryŠn De Angel, as a Board member! 

 

FHSP is a non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to create, manage and preserve 11+ acres of a native ecosystem for the enjoyment of the community, in cooperation with Cheltenham Township. Last May, we recognized FHSP as a Friend of the TTF Watershed for their dedication to inspiring the community to connect with the park through community service and education.   

 

DoryŠn became an active FHSP volunteer through her participation on Cheltenham's Environmental Advisory Council (EAC), assisting in planning Sustainable Cheltenham and FHSP's Arts in the Park. We look forward to continuing our work together to improve our watershed!

 

BULLETIN BOARD

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Envision a plan for the Hostos Charter School Campus!

Join us for a public design charrette. Hostos Charter School, Temple University, TTF, community stakeholders, teachers, parents and residents will participate in a fun, community-driven design exercise to re-imagine the campus. We will look at ways to increase outdoor learning and play, manage storm water, create habitat and much more!

Space is limited. RSVP with your name, organization and zip code. Refreshments will be provided. 

 

DATE: Tuesday, April 2  TIME: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

PLACE: Hostos Charter School, 6301 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia 19120

CONTACT:Robin Irizarry at robin@ttfwatershed.org/215.744.1853

 


Events

 

TREE TO TABLE: MAPLE SUGARING IN TACONY CREEK PARK

See how maple syrup is made with Environmental Educator Judith Gratz. Learn what makes maple trees special, and why we can use them to make that yummy treat: Pure Maple Syrup. Experience what it's like to "tap" a tree and watch maple syrup being made. Taste pure maple syrup on a waffle! Dress warmly for the one-hour lesson. For adults and children ages 5+. Free.
DATE: Saturday, March 7
TIME: 1 p.m. 
PLACE: Tacony Creek Park, I St. & Ramona Ave., Philadelphia 19124
CONTACT: DoryŠn De Angel at doryan@ttfwatershed.org/215.744.1853

 

BE A WATERSHED HERO 

Wondering what defines a watershed? Hoping to make a difference in improving water quality? Looking for information to share with neighbors about taking care of the creek down the street? Volunteered with us at a planting or clean-up and want to learn more? This presentation is for you! Join us for this interactive program (plus pizza) at our office at the Globe Dye Works. Bring a friend! Free.

DATE: Wednesday, March 18

TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

PLACE: TTF Office, 4500 Worth St., Philadelphia 19124

CONTACT: DoryŠn De Angel at doryan@ttfwatershed.org/215.744.1853

 

BIRD WALK IN TACONY CREEK PARK

Join us for a FREE walk with expert birder Martin Selzer of the Wyncote Audubon Society. Expect some good bird spotting (woodpeckers, chickadees, hawks, oh my!) Donuts, coffee and binoculars provided. Free.

DATE: Saturday, March 28

TIME: 8:30 a.m.

PLACE: Tacony Creek Park, I St. & Ramona Ave., Philadelphia 19124

CONTACT:DoryŠn De Angel at doryan@ttfwatershed.org/215.744.1853

 

NATURE'S HIDDEN SURPRISES: BIRDING BY EAR, SIGHT & HABITAT

Join Environmental Educator Judith Gratz, for a FREE monthly morning nature walk series in Tacony Creek Park! From creeks to critters to trees and birds, who knows what we'll discover! Free.

DATE: Wednesday, April 8

TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

PLACE: Tacony Creek Park, I St. & Ramona Ave., Philadelphia 19124

CONTACT: DoryŠn De Angel at doryan@ttfwatershed.org/215.744.1853

 



Join FHSP every other weekend spring thru fall from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at High School Park. 

Details here

For people interested in understanding, protecting, restoring their streams. 

TAPPING OUR WATERSHEDFROM CREEK TO SEWER: HISTORY OF TOPOGRAPHICAL CHANGE IN PHILADELPHIA

PWD historian Adam Levine will present an overview of the fascinating history of Philadelphia's many lost streams. Illustrated with paintings and drawings, maps and plans, photographs and surveys, this talk stretches across the breadth of the city's long history and highlights how, over the course of several centuries, most of the city's surface streams have been channeled underground and incorporated into the city's 3,000 mile sewer system. Free.

DATE: Monday, March 16

TIME: 6 p.m.

PLACE: National Mechanics, 22 S 3rd St, Philadelphia 19106

CONTACT: Event Organizer