Get Wild about Watersheds, Urban Greening and West Philly Nature

Dan Kobza of Wild West Philly takes residents on a nature walk highlighting wildlife and green infrastructure around Papa Playground in West Philadelphia. Join Philadelphia Water and Wild West Philly for special nature walk on June 25. Photo Credit: Joe Piette
Dan Kobza of Wild West Philly takes residents on a nature walk highlighting wildlife and green infrastructure around Papa Playground in West Philadelphia. Join Philadelphia Water and Wild West Philly for special nature walk on June 25. Photo Credit: Joe Piette

Philadelphia Water is all about helping people understand the ways in which our lives and communities are intimately connected to the local waterways that sustain us.

We know—living in a big city like Philadelphia, it can be easy to forget that we’re still a part of a natural world that includes waterways like the Cobbs Creek and Delaware River. Luckily, we have lots of residents who care about nature and want to learn more.

That’s why we’re teaming up with Naturalist Interpreter Dan Kobza of Wild West Philly (one of our watershed partnership groups) for a special walk on Saturday, June 25 at the historic Mt. Moriah Cemetery, much of which has been reclaimed by nature. (RSVP for this free event here.)

Kobza will take interested residents on a tour exploring critters and plants found at Mt. Moriah, and Philadelphia Water’s Dan Schupsky will highlight nearby Green City, Clean Waters infrastructure that’s adding more green space to surrounding neighborhoods and protecting Cobbs Creek from stormwater pollution.
Schupsky, who hosts community meetings in West and Southwest Philadelphia in order to get feedback about Green City, Clean Waters projects, will also give a preview of upcoming green improvements planned for the area.

Assisting Kobza on the walk will be the Wild West Philly Jr. Stewards, high school students from the watershed who are learning urban ecological interpretation so they can serve as local watershed ambassadors and help their community be good stewards for the Darby-Cobbs.

If you want to learn more about the amazing nature all around you and get the inside scoop on some innovative green infrastructure that’s working to protect your water, meet us at the Mt. Moriah main gate (Kingsessing Ave. and 62nd Street) on June 25 at 3 p.m.

Please RSVP for this free event here: WWPnaturewalk.eventbrite.com

Here’s some tips and additional info:

  • Please dress weather appropriate; the walk will be rain or shine
  • Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes
  • Some irregular terrain, like trails or fields will be covered, but no serious hiking

Want to help spread the word? Click here for flyer you can print and share.

We hope to see you (and some of West Philly’s wildlife) on the 25th!