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Jul 20, 2023

Tacony Creek Creatures: Great Blue Herons

Intern Emmanuel Hampton continues his Tacony Creek Creatures series with our mascot, the Great Blue Heron! You can see this awe-inspiring bird in the creek and flying above the park. You can also see it on our van, Creekforce 1 and it’s one of the birds featured in our Bird Murals along the trail under…

Jul 19, 2023

Blitzing for TTF Chloride in Summer 2023!

In June, several Streamkeepers from TTF and the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust met at Ethel Jordan Park to continue the second year of Chloride Blitz sampling. Last year, TTF began this synoptic sampling program to get a better sense of what the chloride (salt) levels are like across the watershed throughout the year, not just…

Jul 18, 2023

Our past AWE Fellow, MyKyah prepares for Audubon’s Educators Week!

Written by MyKyah Vessels, Previous TTF Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE) Fellow Learn more about MyKyah here and about her time as an AWE Fellow with TTF here. Watch her presentation at the 2021 AWE Fellowship Summit here. MyKyah continues to host foraging walks in Tacony Creek Park almost every spring and summer season!  I…

Jul 13, 2023

Tyler Fowler, PA IPL Fellow, at Juniata Park Academy

This is a repost from the Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA IPL) website, written by Tyler Fowler, PA IPL Fellow. Find the original post here. We are delighted to share this blog, and look forward to the next opportunity to collaborate with PA IPL and our neighbors at Juniata Park Academy! Jul 3, 2023…

Jul 12, 2023

June on the Jenkintown

This blog is a repost from 4states1source.org, written by Belinda Griswold. Find the original post here. JULY 11, 2023 A late June day on the Jenkintown Creek gave community leaders the chance to explore and learn more about TTF’s up-and-down-the-creek series of restoration and green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) projects. TTF and many local partners have…

Jul 11, 2023

Tacony Creek Creatures: Red Foxes

This is the beginning of our series, “Tacony Creek Creatures” about the animals in Tacony Creek Park, written by our intern, Emmanuel! He’ll be sharing lots of information about each of the animals at the River Alive Learning Trail at Ferko playground, next to Tacony Creek Park, in Juniata Park. You can visit these animals…

Jun 30, 2023

2023 Tacony Creek Park Block Parties: Bugs, Summer Joy, and a Milksnake!

Our 11th year hosting Block Parties in Tacony Creek Park was filled with colorful chalk on the trails, joy in nature, family, environmental education, edible plants in the park, and more! An exciting highlight was the unique creatures brought by the Center for Aquatic Sciences: the Vietnamese Stickbug, the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, and the Venezuelan Milksnake!…

Jun 30, 2023

Our summer intern has arrived: Meet Emmanuel!

Written by Emmanuel Hampton, TTF Intern I have joined the TTF Watershed Partnership team! Apart from enjoying cool weather and lazing around with a good book, I enjoy the outdoors, being curious about my surroundings, and seeing new creatures in the summer heat. This summer, I planned to do some kind of outdoor activity or…

Jun 27, 2023

JOB POSTING: Learning Trail Ambassador (LTA) Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership

Organizational Background The Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works across its 30-square-mile urban watershed, collaborating with its municipalities and connecting watershed residents to their creeks. Through hands-on education, stewardship, restoration, and advocacy, TTF empowers watershed constituents to take care of and improve the impaired waterways, parks, and trails. Working with…

Jun 15, 2023

Walk with Me Leader, Lawrence shares how we flourish with nature in Tacony Creek Park

By Lawrence Harris, Walk with Me Leader Hello, my name is Lawrence Harris, and my introduction to joining the TTF team, my position on it, why I was in the creek in the first place, and my personal life is quite the story. Before joining the team it all began on a cool morning on…

Jun 12, 2023

Say hi to Montez, 2023 Seasonal Maintenance Attendant!

By Montez Devine-James, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR) Seasonal Maintenance Attendant I believe in what’s fair, in the goodness of shared goals and values. Learning about, and advocating for the Watershed is natural to me. My connection to Tacony Creek has persisted since childhood, years before Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership saw something good within me. The…

Jun 2, 2023

Philly’s plastic bag ban is working, but we can do better

This op-ed is reposted. Find the original Inquirer piece here. The city of Philadelphia released a report last month evaluating Philadelphia’s plastic bag ban — which went into effect on July 1, 2021 — and how its requirements changed bag use in the city. The study found that while the ban was successful in dramatically…

May 31, 2023

Welcome new Walk with Me Leader, Katie Leander!

By Katie Leander, Walk with Me Leader Hello, neighbors and TTF friends!  My name is Katie, and I am a homeschooling mom and friend of Tacony Creek Park. After many years of enjoying all that the TTF Watershed offers, I recently took the fun step of becoming a walking group leader. Although I was born…

May 25, 2023

Lots of Nature & Wildlife in TTF Watershed: 2023 City Nature Challenge & Spring BioBlitz

Our annual BioBlitz ran from April 22 through May 1. A BioBlitz encourages participants to observe as many species over a set amount of time in a particular geographic area. For this event, we used the app iNaturalist, which enables observers to submit their data and observations to the special TTF project page. iNaturalist is a…

May 22, 2023

TTF staff participate in new Professionals of Color cohort hosted by Institute for Conservation Leadership

By Malcolm Bundy, Philadelphia Community Organizer Starting in the fall of 2022, The Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL) launched an exciting new pilot program for BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and people of color) professionals in the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI) and other William Penn Foundation Watershed Protection Program Grantees. The program is a year-long cohort…

May 19, 2023

Capturing the TTF: Announcing the 2023 TTF Watershed-wide Photo Contest!

*Para español, deslice hacia el final de la página* TTF Watershed Partnership: 2023 Photo Contest Details & Rules TTF and the Olney Culture Lab are happy to announce our third biannual photo contest, made possible by the Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, The Circuit Trails, and the William Penn Foundation. For the second time,…

May 4, 2023

Partner Alliance Spotlight, Essential Utilities: Champion of Communities

Every collaboration that TTF develops helps pursue our mission of a healthy watershed more effectively everyday! That’s why we collaborate with dedicated volunteers, Board members, friends, and partners. Our special TTF Partner Alliance members are vital to our work educating neighbors and stakeholders about clean water issues and how we can all make a difference…

May 2, 2023

Linking Arms at the 2nd annual Birds of a Feather in Tacony Creek Park

Tacony Creek Park (TCP) was very much alive with love, art, activity, and food as neighbors came together on Celebrate Trails and Earth Day 2023, for TTF’s second annual Birds of a Feather! Saturday, April 22 was a day filled with art and unity, as artist Evan Lovett of VURT repainted the beautiful 20 ft….

May 2, 2023

2023 Spring Cleanup Events Across Philly Watersheds

This is a guest blog, reposted from the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD). View the original post here. Thank you, Philly Water for highlighting cleanup opportunities across the city, including our ongoing work in Tacony Creek Park. Did you know that PWD makes our community engagement, program, improvement, and planning work in Tacony Creek Park possible?…

Apr 19, 2023

Partner Alliance Spotlight, REI: Investing in our Local Communities

“Individually we are one drop, but together we are an ocean.” — Ryunosuke Satoro TTF is able to achieve our mission of improving the health and vitality of the TTF watershed not only with staff, volunteers, Board members, and friends but also through the help of dedicated partners. Our special team of partners in the…

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