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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 […]

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 […]

Blog Post: Mussel Hatchery Update

A Scientist’s Perspective On The Mussel and Host-Fish Experience In the Laboratory By Lance Butler (Aquatic Scientist, Philadelphia Water Department) Most larval species of freshwater mussels (glochidia) rely on host fish to transform into juveniles and to disperse into new habitats. In many cases, this relationship is unique, because a certain species of mussel may […]

Delaware River Watershed Fellowship Opportunities (Summer 2017)

Experience the Delaware River Watershed like never before: become a Delaware River Watershed Fellow at one of 23 regional environmental centers this summer. What is a Delaware River Watershed Fellowship? A Delaware River Watershed Fellowship is a paid 12-week internship from June through August. Fellows work 35-40 hours a week at one of 23 environmental […]

Ellen Schultz Recognized by School District of Philadelphia

On Tuesday, June 28, the School District of Philadelphia celebrated the release of GreenFutures, the District’s first ever sustainability plan. Mayor Kenney, Superintendent Hite, Office of Sustainability Director Christine Knapp, EPA Region III Administrator Sean Garvin, and a host of community members were on hand at the Philadelphia Zoo to thank and acknowledge all of […]

Special Events Recap

Bicentennial Brunch On Saturday, April 16, more than 150 friends, partners, and supporters of the Fairmount Water Works convened at our historic site for our bicentennial brunch, which included live music, guided behind-the-scenes tours, and delectable cuisine. Individuals and organizations were also recognized for their contributions to our work. Click here for more photos.     Art in […]

Geocaching at the Fairmount Water Works!

Fairmount Water Works is getting into geocaching just in time for Spring! What is Geocaching? Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices such as a smart phone. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. (See Geocaching 101 for all the […]