Upcoming GreenTreks Film Screenings
We are thrilled to be involved in some upcoming screenings of our documentaries!
Film Screening TOMORROW, Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, at 4:00pm,
in Temple University’s Geography and Urban Studies Department.
It’s on the 3rd Floor of Gladfelter Hall, which is by 11th and Berks, Philadelphia, PA.
This screening is free and open to the public! You just need to bring a photo ID for security purposes.
Thursday, March 21st, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
CityCoHo Philly Nexus (2401 Walnut street, Philadelphia, PA)
We will be screening our 30-minute Green City, Clean Waters documentary, with a panel discussion to follow. Panelists will include representatives from the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, the Sustainable Business Network’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Partners, and PowerCorps PHL.
Let us know in the comments if you are planning to go!
4th Annual Spring into Science Education on Monday, March 3, 2014
2014 Spring into Science Education
Monday, March 3, 2014, 4:30 to 7:00pm
at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
(1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103)
Register for free here!
On Monday, March 3, 2014, EcoExpress.org, the Philadelphia Math + Science Coalition, and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University are joining forces to present this special event for local educators.
The 4th Annual Spring into Science Education Expo is a FREE networking event and celebration for local educators. Educators of grades K through 12 will learn about inspiring resources and ideas that can be immediately brought back into the classroom!
- Highlights of the Spring into Science Education include:
- Premiere of EcoExpress.org’s STEM Careers Video Series
- Free Access to Dinosaurs Unearthed and the Butterfly Room
- Interactive workshops highlighting practical ideas to take back to the classroom. (See the full list of workshops here.)
- Exhibits by Local Environmental and Science Education Organizations
A Whirlwind of Activity at GreenTreks
This year has been a busy one, and we couldn’t be more pleased!
First off, thanks to all of those who attended the party with a purpose we co-hosted last month with lululemon athletic Walnut Street. If you missed metta movement, check out our Instagram for some snapshots from the night.
What a landmark year it has been for EcoExpress.org! We are working on a new video series that focuses on exciting (and surprising) careers with a STEM focus. The videos will be released early next year. We can’t wait to show you. Don’t forget, though – we’ve added a lot of videos over this past year. We’ve been focusing more on water and watersheds, as it is the environmental issue that connects to so many others.
Here are the video & lesson plan additions to EcoExpress.org in 2013:
Clean Water: A Long Journey from the Source to Our Tap
Streamside Forest Buffers
Keeping Water On Site: Waterview Recreation Center
Rain Barrels: Preventing Water Pollution Starts at Home
Rain Gardens: Saving Streams One Yard at a Time
Rain Barrels: Preventing Water Pollution Starts at Home
Gardening for a Healthier Bay
Mowing to Meadows
Green Schools: Albert Greenfield Elementary
In 2014, EcoExpress will be unveiling the new STEM careers videos, offering more teacher workshops, providing in-class support, and hosting the 4th annual Spring into Science Education. We are so excited about all of these great plans, but our efforts require more funding to make them a reality. At this critical time for schools, please help us continue to provide environmental educational services. Donate directly to EcoExpress.
You’ve maybe even spotted Barry or myself (Meghan) giving a presentation about StormwaterPA. This year, we’ve furthered education about the impacts of polluted stormwater runoff in our local region. Here’s a snippet of what’s happened.
Clean Your Water is a new initiative of StormwaterPA.org. We are helping municipalities in watersheds across Pennsylvania educate about the value of caring for your local watershed. We curate multimedia resources that are relevant and important to diverse audiences. We provide key community groups with the knowledge to greatly benefit watershed health. So far, we’ve crafted websites for Cumberland County and the Wissahickon Watershed. Want to see your region represented? Let us know!
Rain Gardens: Saving Streams One Yard at a Time was a big hit this year. We also released a beautifully-made, animated film: Clean Water: A Long Journey from Source to Tap. Our newest film takes place in the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed. Watch as a park along Tacony Creek is transformed, to the benefit of the creek and to the joy of the community.
Help support education about the impacts of stormwater on our drinking water & communities! Donate directly to StormwaterPA.
We’re having a party!
On Thursday, November 7th, we’re co-hosting a party with a purpose with lululemon athletica Walnut Street. The metta movement 2013 is about creating positive change in our community and we want you to be a part of it. At this special event at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, we’re celebrating Next Generation Health!
We’ll be showcasing other local non-profits who are up to big, game-changing things. Your ticket is your passport to a fun evening–and gives you the power to choose how funds are awarded. Tickets are extremely limited, so get yours today and make your mark on the future of health and wellness in our community.
metta movement 2013: Next Generation Health
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center (640 Waterworks Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19130)
Guest Blog: Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project
You may remember back to last year, when we started featuring guest blogs from John McGlaughlin, who is training to be a PA Master Naturalist . Today John discusses the Monarch Monitoring Project in Cape May, New Jersey, and shares his video of the project.
Greetings friends and nature lovers! It’s been quite some time since my last post so I figure I’d start by getting y’all up to date with my latest happenings. First and foremost, I done got hitched to the girl of my dreams last New Year’s Eve and have been a bit preoccupied with my newly minted married life. Luckily, my bride is muy sympatico so I’ve still been out adventuring and exploring the natural world. We’ve also been volunteering at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education’s Wildlife Clinic up in Roxborough and I hope to have an upcoming blog post/video about the Clinic’s amazing work.
And finally, I’ve been meticulously planning my next blog for Green Treks and am now ready to go public! The feature of today’s post takes us down to the beautiful coastal community of Cape May, New Jersey. Each fall, thousands of nature enthusiasts flock to the Cape May Point State Park to witness the annual migration of countless species of birds. An often-overlooked member of this relocation fest is the exquisite Monarch Butterfly, on its annual 2500-mile pilgrimage to its over-wintering grounds in the Sierra Madre Mountains just outside of Mexico City.
The Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project (MMP) has been documenting and researching this astonishing trek since 1992 and I caught up with Mark Garland, the MMP’s Communication Director, after a tagging demonstration one beautiful fall afternoon.
If you have a chance to fly south for the day, the MMP has a highly informative tagging demonstration every afternoon at 2pm (except Tuesday and Thursday) from September 15 through October 16 at Cape May Point State Park. There you’ll have the opportunity to learn some remarkable facts about this incredible insect from the MMP’s expert staff and take part in the tagging and release of a real-live, genuine Monarch Butterfly. Be sure to check out MMP’s website before you go. Happy Trails!