Community Education & Celebration
We've had a busy summer, reaching out to share clean water information and resources, and partnering with lots of volunteers to maintain our restoration projects!

We hosted hands-on environmental education programs with Cedarbrook Middle School at Curtis Arboretum and Ramah Day Camp at Ethel Jordan Park. We talked to lots of people about our Jenkintown Creek restoration focus at Abington Night Out and the World Music Concert Series at Abington Art Center , distributing water bottles, signs, and t-shirts. We even sold some rain barrels this summer.
McKinley Elementary Vernal Pool Ribbon Cutting
At the beginning of June, we celebrated the completion of a Jenkintown Creek Restoration Project site at McKinley Elementary School with students, teachers, and funders. This project includes stream bank restoration, a riparian buffer, and revitalization of a vernal pool: an area that holds water during the spring and early summer, in which frogs and salamanders reproduce.
Missed our Jenkintown Creek Tour?
Twenty community stakeholders came out to learn about our restoration projects at eight restoration sites within the Jenkintown Creek focus area. The walking tour started at Ethel Jordan Park and ended with a networking lunch at Abington Friends School. The light rain enhanced the experience, enabling us to see these green stormwater features in action.
Our experts from Villanova University and Temple University as well as Susan Harris of Cerulean LLC , our Project Manager, made this morning very informative.
Project Update
The rain gardens and plantings at Ethel Jordan Park got special attention! Our thanks to AmeriCorpsNCC and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for sharing these awesome workers with us. We’ll see them again soon at the buffer along Baeder Creek at Abington Junior High School .
Volunteers have also made repairs at Abington Friends School and several of our residential creekside buffer plantings in Cheltenham.

We’re looking forward to our next project, a new rain garden that will capture pollution from the parking lot at Alverthorpe Park. We’ll be planting there next month .
Upstream Naturalist
We met this American Eel in the Jenkintown Creek while monitoring. American Eels are catadromous fish: they are born in saltwater and live in freshwater!

They can travel thousands of miles up waterways to reach the ocean. Ultimately, they breed down near the Bahamas. This one appears either on its way up or down the creek as it has not been seen since!

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BioBlitz in your neighborhood from September 15 to 22!
Streamkeeper Corner
This summer we welcomed a new Streamkeeper site, bringing our total number of sites to 15! The new site is located on Leeches Run, a 1.5 mile long tributary of the Tookany, which begins as a storm sewer outfall at Lynnewood Gardens. This site is downstream of one of our backyard creekside plantings. We hope to continue to learn more valuable insights into our watershed as we add new sites.
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