Learn about the plants that make our watershed healthy with science educators from the Academy of Natural Sciences-and make a tree rubbing!
Plants and trees are not just beautiful to look at; they play an important role in keeping our creeks and streams healthy. For this workshop, we will learn about the riparian buffer, or the vegetated area next to a body of water that helps shade, protect, and clean the water. We’ll learn about particular plants and their role in watershed ecology, as well as the importance of trees. We’ll then have the opportunity to make rubbings of tree bark found in the buffer.
This workshop is part of the Mapping Our Watershed project. Please join us for a follow up workshop on Wednesday, July 12th from 6-8:30pm at Cheltenham Center for the Arts, where we will make prints with watershed plants!
Mapping Our Watershed is a participatory art and community science project led by Rebecca Schultz in collaboration with TTF, and Cheltenham Arts Center that aims to connect residents with the complex ecology of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania. Mapping is about creating a visual representation of a place; it is also a process of documenting the relationships and experiences of that place. Local residents will map their experience of the watershed by learning about its interdependent elements and translating their impressions of those elements into art.