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April 2021
Dear Friends:

It's EARTH MONTH! And the kick-off to a spring and summer for which we have all been yearning. We hope we have been through the worst, and look forward to being safely together again soon to care for each other and our watershed.

Check out our Earth Month schedule and join us in-person or virtually. Celebrate Trails Day by holding a Bio-Blitz using iNaturalist along a trail close to you! Be part of our TTF community of almost 1,000 nature observers!

It's also the perfect time to install a rain barrel! Live in Philly? Sign up here to get one for FREE. Live in Montgomery County? Learn how to install a rain barrel at our upcoming FREE workshop and order your rain barrel with FREE delivery here.

Last but not least...have you visited our new website? It presents our new brand, mission, work, resources, events, and style in a simple, beautiful way. We have so much good stuff to share with our watershed constituents, and now these goodies easy to find! Thank you, Chris Esh of Spacious. And thank you, Pixel Parlor for our new logo and look.

Take care and hope to see you soon,
Welcome, MOM!
Mom's Organic Market
We are so honored that MOM's Organic Market is supporting our critical clean water work as a Philanthropist PLUS Partner Alliance member...with employees lending a hand at volunteer clean-ups and plantings, too!

Be sure to stop in and thank MOM's for supporting us: visit the new store in Abington at 925 Easton Road (closest to TTF) or in Bryn Mawr and Center City. Not only does MOM's offer a big selection of healthy, organic foods, you can bring batteries, cell phones, shoes and more to recycle to the store, as well as food scraps to compost!

Learn about the recyclable items that MOM's accepts at their stores.
Celebrate Trails Day!
Mark your calendars for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy annual spring celebration of the pathways we all love! Celebrate Trails Day falls on Saturday, April 24...we're recognizing the day by kicking off our week-long Spring BioBlitz!

Visit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for ideas and fun ways for you to enjoy amazing trails while you #RecreateResponsibly and keep us all safe.
Bulletin Board: What's New?
TTF Events

Saturday, April 10, 10:00am-12:00pm

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

Tacony Creek Park
Rising Sun and Olney Avenues
Philadelphia 19120

McKinley Elementary School
370 Cedar Road, Elkins Park 19027
Valley Talk: Philadelphia's Urban Forestry Plan

Wednesday, April 14, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Join Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Community Forestry Manager Erica Smith Fichman to discuss Philly's urban forest for Friends of the Wissahickon's first spring Valley Talk!

Learn about the city's new 10-year plan to increase tree cover. RSVP here.
Bilingual Birdwalks in Tacony Creek Park

Saturday, April 17

Join us for a FREE bird walk in English and Spanish! Bring your friends and family. Binoculars provided. Choose a time:

Register here: 8:30am-10:00am
Register here: 10:30am-12pm
Virtual Rain Barrel Workshop

Wednesday, April 21, 6:30pm-7:45pm

Join us for a FREE webinar about rain barrels, and what you can do to better manage stormwater at home! Learn how to better manage stormwater at home and tips for installation.

Zoom Hatha Yoga with Jenna

Wednesday, April 21, 11:00am-11:30am

Meet with Jenna for a FREE 30 minute yoga class online! Hatha Yoga emphasizes physical health and mental relaxation. In this class, we'll focus on posture alignment, strengthening, and flexibility. All levels welcome!

After the class, we'll talk about ideas for a location for a weekly yoga class in Tacony Creek Park!

Outdoors Online: Black Girls Run with Jay Ell with Natural Lands

Wednesday, April 14, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Black Girls Run is a nationwide community organization that motivates women to take charge of their own health by training together. Join us on Zoom to learn more about this movement from owner and CEO, Jay Ell.

Outdoors Online: Latino Outdoors with Natural Lands

Thursday, April 22, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Join our friends at Natural Lands as we host Latino Outdoors on Zoom! Speakers will share stories of community building, discuss challenges, and offer insights about how conservation roots have been ingrained in la cultura Latina for generations.

Spring BioBlitz

April 24 - May 1

Join us for a week-long BioBlitz! What's a BioBlitz? Use the free iNaturalist mobile app to document your wildlife observations across the TTF watershed! On May 3, we'll see how many species we were all able to find!

Partner Events
Bilingual Tree Tenders Spring Basic Training Series

Wednesdays: May 5, 12, 19, & 26

Become a neighborhood greening hero! Learn to plant and care for your community trees by participating in a PHS Tree Tenders training this spring. This eight-hour course offers topics including tree biology, identification, planting, and proper care.

Live in the TTF watershed? We'll cover your fee. Contact Susan@ttfwatershed.org.