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What’s Happening


Remembering Ed Grusheski

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear friend, champion, advocate, and the first director of the Fairmount Water Works, Mr. Ed Grusheski. We will forever be indebted to Ed for his vision and quiet, steadfast resolve to not only build the Interpretive Center, but to awaken a public appreciation […]


With “Think Outside the Box” Kits, FWW Expands Watershed Education Curriculum to Hundreds of Philadelphia Students

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Fairmount Water Works is expanding their award-winning Understanding the Urban Watershed Curriculum with more than 800 hundred hands-on, take-home kits cleverly called “Think Outside The Box”. The curriculum focuses on learning about watersheds and the region’s Green Infrastructure. The kits help teachers respond to the need to shift to virtual classrooms from full-time in-person learning due to Covid-19, and inspire […]


POOL: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF SEGREGATIONEXHIBITION TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 2ND IN HISTORIC FAIRMOUNT WATER WORKS KELLY POOL

During much of the 20th century, public swimming pools played a vital role in the life of American communities. At one time, thousands of pools served tens of millions of Americans each year. Philadelphia opened the first outdoor municipal pool in the United States in 1883, however, public pools have also been lightning rods over […]


An At-Capacity River Days Event by the Fairmount Water Works!

In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, our River Days event (in partnership with the Alliance for Watershed Education, Exploring our Urban Watershed, celebrated the landscape surrounding the Schuylkill River both past and present. Participants discovered how plants that were important to natives for food, medicine and shelter are also important to us today in Green […]



Extreme Weather Preparedness

How Fairmount Water Works Averted Devastation from Tropical Storm Isaias Many are familiar with the phrase climate change, an extreme change in global weather conditions resulting directing from increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, attributed to fossil fuels and other types of pollution. While we have grown accustomed to the term climate change, what […]


Inspiring Water Workshops for Teaching and Learning

Teachers from the School District of Philadelphia and nearby districts are better-equipped for a successful school year thanks to a series of professional development workshops hosted by the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center. The four workshops were linked to our award-winning Understanding the Urban Watershed Curriculum, and were held in partnership with GreenFutures, the School […]


Campers Test Water Cycle Know-How in FWW’s Summer Challenge

Have you ever thought about the journey of a single water drop? Well, that was the challenge youth attending Philadelphia Parks & Recreation summer camps accepted from the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center. Campers were instructed to make a water drop puppet, decorate the character, and give it personality. Participants then created a story about […]


Tropical Storm Isaias’ Aftermath

It’s been a little more than six years since consistent heavy downpours swelled the neighboring Schuylkill River and subsequently flooded our historic site. We remember well the impacts of Tropical Storm Lee, and Katia which hit in 2014. Last week, as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias, the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center flooded again. On Tuesday, August 4, at […]