City Wild Camp

Still searching for an interesting, unique camp for your adventurous kids to attend this August? You’re in luck! LandHealth Institute and Fairmount Water Works introduce the pilot offering of City Wild day camp! This summer camp for kids ages 10-13 offers off-the-beaten-path adventures through Philly’s neighborhoods to explore nature in the urban environment. Every day is […]


Good News! Closing Reception for “One Man’s Trash”

Good News! Power has been restored at the Fairmount Water WORKS and the closing reception for “One Man’s Trash” WILL occur this evening from 4-6pm. We hope you haven’t changed your plans and are still interested in attending. If you have any questions, please call us at 215-685-0723. We’ll see you there!


FWW Receives $300,000 Pew Grant for Freshwater Mussel Hatchery Project

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (the Center) announced its 2015 grants in support of the Philadelphia region’s cultural organizations and artists. The Fund for the Water Works is one of many recipients in the Center’s 10th year of grantmaking. The Rivers Restoration Project: A Freshwater Mussel Hatchery is an interpretive, multi-media installation at the […]


“Open Spaces” Art Exhibit Explores Natural & Constructed Spaces

This summer nine artists are coming to the Schuylkill Center with indoor and outdoor installations, extending the environmental art gallery out onto the Center’s trails. With a reception on Tuesday, June 16, Open Spaces, combines gallery, forest, and field, to create an environmental art show that explores natural and constructed spaces. Each work invites the viewer […]


TURBINE – A “Sneak Peek”

In celebration of the Fairmount Water Works’ 200th anniversary, Mendelssohn Club joins forces with the Leah Stein Dance Company and composer Byron Au Yong to present the world premiere of TURBINE, an immersive work for singers, dancers, and instruments, featuring choreography and music shaped in response to the site’s architecture and landscape. Join us as we […]


MEDIA ALERT: The Value of Water – The Pennsylvania Story

WHAT:   Join us for this interactive discussion featuring regional and national leaders. The session will focus on the state of water infrastructure and water resources and innovative investments in Philadelphia’s water system and across the Keystone State. The conversation will cover a number of ways that water investments are moving Philadelphia and the region forward, […]


A Year Ago…

Today’s the first anniversary of the spring 2014 flood. Though we suffered extreme damage and loss, we were able to reopen the facility – with various contributions from supporters – in just about 3 months. We were able to replace resources and materials essential to our operations and implementing summer programs. Meanwhile, our staff  diligently worked outdoors (literally), […]


Urban Watershed Blog Post #1: “All of this water…somebody has to drink it.”

Those simple words were heard at the entrance to the abandoned Newkirk Mine, where a pool of water filled with oxidized iron trickled into streams heading for the Schuylkill River.  The speaker:  Bill Reichert, President, Schuylkill Headwaters Association.  His audience: 16 sixth-grade Philadelphia teachers.  The event:  a field trip to Tamaqua, Pennsylvania and the headwaters […]


Upcoming Events

  1. The Watershed is An Open Book

    October 25 @ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  2. The Watershed is An Open Book

    October 27 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  3. Family Tour with Let’s Go Outdoors

    October 28 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  4. The Watershed is An Open Book

    November 1 @ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  5. We Drink the River! (SOLD OUT!)

    November 3 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM