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Shad Day

April 27 @ 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM


It’s that time again!

Join us as we partner with Heart to Hearth Cookery in celebrating one of the Schuylkill River’s finest fish – American shad! Learn about catching shad in traditional Native American culture.

The Water Work’s education staff will also be on hand with some exciting and family-friendly activities:

  • Test Your Fishing Skills – Shad fishermen today use the same haul-seining techniques of long ago. Try your hand at these knotting techniques and contribute to the making of one large net of our own.
  • Build a Fish – Want to learn more about Alosa sapidissima (and how to pronounce it?) Come and “catch” an American Shad of your own by making a life-sized fish to take home! Each shad will include fun facts about this famous fish species found in Philadelphia’s waterways!
  • Gyotaku – Have a spare t-shirt lying around? Give it a new design by bringing it (or a tote bag) to try our version of “gyotaku” – Japanese fish printing, an art form used by fishermen to record their catches. This practice that dates back to the mid-1800s! For best results, t-shirts, totes, or other fabric should be white.

No registration required. Free and open to the public. 


April 27
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Fairmount Water Works
640 Water Works Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19130 United States
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    April 27 @ 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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