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Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center is New Member in the Water Museum Global Network

The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center is now an official 2024 member of the Global Water Museum Network (WAMU-NET), a flagship initiative of UNESCO-IHP (Intergovernmental Hydrological Program).  The goal of WAMU-NET is to promote a “new culture of water”, re-connecting individuals with all forms of water heritage by highlighting the natural, social, cultural, artistic and […]


Dottie Baumgarten, FWWIC Educator, is Honored

Dottie Baumgarten, who has been an educator with the Philadelphia Water Department and Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center for the past 14 years, was honored by Need in Deed at their annual Soiree fundraiser, silent auction, and awards ceremony this month. Need in Deed is an organization that works to connect classrooms with the community […]


“TAKE ME TO THE RIVER”, A New Art Exhibit to Open at Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center on Saturday, October 28th

The Schuylkill-themed art show features work from seven local artists celebrating the river and its ability to bring the community together. Curator and artist Corinne M Dieterle offers: “The Schuylkill river has been a source of inspiration for artists, visitors, and residents since Philadelphia was founded. On any given day, hundreds of people flock along […]


Dive into Discovery: Unveiling the Spectacular New Inhabitants of Our Mussel Hatchery for the 2023 Propagation Season!

Senior Aquatic Scientist, Lance Butler and his team of student interns have completed three propagation trials so far. You may know that the life cycle of the freshwater mussel is slightly complicated. Mussel larvae called glochidia must attach to the gills of a host fish to transform into juvenile mussels. In the lab, glochidia are […]


Diving into eeBLUE: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center Partners with Concilio to Offer Watershed STEM Education

Though the Interpretive Center has been closed for months, we have continued to secure funding so that our team can continue to provide high-quality experiential learning programs for youth and young adults! We’re excited to be one of 29 environmental education organizations nationwide to be awarded a Watershed STEM Education Grant from North American Association […]


The excitement starts this month in the Freshwater Mussel Hatchery!

The cold (or not so cold) winter months have given us time to get our freshwater mussel hatchery ready for the new propagating season. Tanks and equipment are cleaned and sanitized. Equipment is built or repaired. Three brood stock tanks have been set up for the gravid female mussels (gravid means their eggs have been […]