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March 2021
Dear Friends:

How about some stuff to celebrate?

Last month, we hosted our annual Community Service Get-Together. Twenty partners -- new and old -- met each other and learned about 2021 volunteer opportunities. We were especially honored that Darren Black of Jacobs Engineering and ASCE YMF Community Service Co-Chair, shared his group's experience planting a lot of trees with us at a restoration site in October.

Missed the Get-Together? Watch the recording here.

Environmental educator Brandon McCracken will be the recipient of the 2021 Daisy Klinedinst Memorial Award by the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators at its annual conference later this month for his recent work with TTF! Last year, Doryán DeAngel and Ryan Neuman worked with Brandon to develop Bring Us Along, an outstanding series of virtual tours of five watershed locations in English and Spanish that combines story maps and video. Take these tours along to some special clean water sites this spring and summer.

These accomplishments are just a drop in the TTF bucket! If you feel energized to enable us to keep doing this work, sign your business up for our Partner Alliance today. You'll enjoy the benefits and feel good about supporting a team that works relentlessly and creatively to connect people to their creeks.

Take care and hope to see you soon,
Julie
2021 Photo Contest
Watershed-wide Photo Contest

Until May 15, 2021

We are happy to announce our second biannual photo contest with Olney Culture Lab, made possible by the Joseph Robert Foundation and the Philadelphia Water Department. We welcome your creativity and point-of-view on our watershed!

Winning photos will be displayed in June at our Summer Block Parties in Tacony Creek Park and online.
Bulletin Board
Great Backyard Bird Count in Tacony Creek Park

Bird enthusiasts young and old joined us in the park for the Great Backyard Bird Count! Together, we counted 24 different species. Find out who they are and see them too!

Managing Polluted Runoff in SE PA

We were delighted to co-sponsor this well-attended, valuable webinar with our partners.

In case you missed it, here are additional resources. You can view the webinar recording here.
Philly Environmental Justice Resources

Here's a list of new and ongoing environmental justice initiatives available to Philly residents from the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability.

Master Watershed Stewards

Susan Volz, our Community Organizer, shares her experience as a student in the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward course this fall.

Hats Off to Our New LOGO!

This past summer, we worked with Pixel Parlor to create a new logo and brand!

Intern Dante Shares Lessons Learned!

Last October, we met Dante at one of our cleanups. He signed up as a fall intern and helped with a variety of interesting projects and blog articles.

TTF Events
We Walk PHL

Every Monday, 11:00am to 12:00pm
FREE!

Take a healthy stroll in Tacony Creek Park! Join your neighbors for an empowering stroll on the trail through We Walk PHL.

We look forward to walking with you! Email: Doryan@ttfwatershed.org if you plan to attend and for location.
Run With Me in Tacony Creek Park

Monday at 6am
Tuesday at 5:30am & 7am
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 6:30am
Saturday at 7am
Sunday Family Trail Time at 4pm

FREE!

Join your neighbors for fun, rejuvenating, and healthy fitness runs on the Tacony Creek Park Trail, part of the Circuit Trail Network! Run or ride your bike on the trail with us. Schedule will change March 13, watch for updates!

RSVP for location: tcptrotters@gmail.com. Face masks and social distancing required.
Second Saturday: Creek Care Day

Saturday, March 13, 10:00am-12:00pm

Rorer Street Gateway, Tacony Creek Park Philadelphia 19120

Ethel Jordan Park on Jenkintown Road between Cadwalader & Osceola Avenues, Elkins Park 19027

Join us to pick up trash, remove invasive plants, and beautify our parks and creeks. Masks & social distancing required. Tools & masks provided. Weather dependent. Questions? 215-744-1853
Partner Events
Streamkeeper Training with Awbury Arboretum

Saturday, March 20, 10:30-11:30am

Awbury Arboretum, meet along the creekbed at the Farm at Awbury, 901 Washington Lane, Philadelphia 19138

Each month, committed citizen scientists - Streamkeepers - will gather valuable data to monitor the water quality in the Wingohocking Creek. This monitoring will measure the impact of the newly completed pond and restored wetland.

Families and individuals are welcome to be ‘the eyes and ears’ of this special section of the TTF watershed. Hands-on water related activities for children.

Interested in joining the Streamkeeper team? Sign up here.

TTF is proud to partner on this project with our Awbury Arboretum friends.
Tick Protection for you & your family

Thursday, March 25, 7-8:30pm
on Zoom

 
Don’t let ticks keep you from enjoying the outdoors! Learn how stay safe from ticks and tick bites, whether you’re at home or hiking on trails. We’ll start with the basics of tick biology and then create a flexible integrated tick management program. Presented by Dr. Karen Poh, Veterinary Entomology Laboratory at Penn State University and Bill Moore, PA Lyme Resource Network and Pittsburgh Lyme Disease Support Group.

FREE, but pre-registration required to receive Zoom information.