A Whirlwind of Activity at GreenTreks

This year has been a busy one, and we couldn’t be more pleased!

metta movement

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.

EcoExpress

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
Porous Pavement
Streamside Forest Buffers
Bioretention Island
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.

Flowers

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.

Repurposing materials for our DVD holders

GreenTreks' Creative Reuse

If you’ve ever come to an EcoExpress or StormwaterPA workshop, you’ve encountered our GreenTreks folders! Well, besides the occasional workshop, we honestly don’t get much use out of them. At the same time, we’ve been running low on DVD cases. We used to have a stockpile of plastic DVD holders, which we always felt icky using.

Last week, Barry and our new GlaxoSmithKline Pulse Volunteer Alysia concocted this creative reuse for our folders. Thus, we now have brand-new, recycled-paper DVD cases. And they’re pretty cool to boot, if I may say so myself.

Our online store may be down, but you can still purchase DVDs (or VHS tapes! Yes, we still have them!). To place an order, contact me (Meghan) via email or by phone at 215-545-5880.

If you have more creative reuse ideas for us to make DVD cases in the future, share them below!

What’s New!

Our two keystone projects, EcoExpress.org and StormwaterPA.org, have so much going on! Here’s a quick update about new additions to these resourceful sites.

New Teaching Materials on EcoExpress.org:

EcoExpress: Clean Water Classroom Activity

Thanks to our resident science curriculum expert, Anita, there are new teaching materials up on EcoExpress.org! As you know, we’ve crafted many short documentaries on managing rain water and trying to reduce the impacts of flooding and pollution. The thing that I really love about these videos is that they take this complicated and technical topic, and spell it out in a way that just makes sense. This is thanks in no small part to the great film producer on our team, Maria. Since these videos serve people so well via our StormwaterPA.org project, we want to also make these programs accessible for teachers and students. So Anita selected some of our most popular films and developed complementary teaching materials.

Here are some of the most recent lessons:

Green Apple Day of Service at Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School

And come see EcoExpress staffers in action! Anita will be presenting at a great event at one of our favorite schools – Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School. Come check out their new school meadow by attending their Green Apple Day of Service on Saturday, September 28th, 2013, from 9am to 2pm! The school is located at 201 E Salaignac St, Philadelphia, PA 19128.

 

New Videos on StormwaterPA.org

Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership is one of the most exciting watershed groups in the state! They are featured in our recent piece, Tacony Creek Restoration: Improving Water Quality and Quality of Life.

In other exciting news, we also created an animated short! Clean Water: A Long Journey from the Source to Our Tap is an amazing film that shows exactly what pollutes the water – and the solutions!

And, in case you missed it, our video on Rain Gardens that was released in the spring has been a big hit! And, yeah — you’re in luck! EcoExpress has water education tools for it!

11 Great Plants of the West Coast (and a photo of alpacas for good measure)

I hope you enjoyed seeing some watery West Coast scenes earlier this month. It’s a rainy day here in Philadelphia, PA, where our office is located, so looking at sunnier sights feels like a welcome reprieve. While traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles earlier this summer, I couldn’t stop admiring all of the plant diversity. So cool!

Here are some of my snapshots of the various green spots I encountered on my own Green Trek (see what I did there?). From a green roof atop the California Academy of Sciences to succulents in a friend’s yard in Portland, OR, to the majestic redwood forest, I was in awe of it all!

Alpacas Portland Redwoods Blueberries Portland Green Roof in San Francisco Portland Foxgloves of Portland Artistic Tomato Cages in Portland Portland Northern California Northern California

Exploring the West Coast: Water & Conservation

I kicked off my summer with a whirlwind roadtrip down the West Coast with my younger sister (who you may remember from this blog post) and our friend Dawn. It was a beautiful experience! Like true tourists, we were all snapping away photos the whole time. Today I’m highlighting some shots of water, water pollution, and conservation. If you want to learn more about protecting water, please visit our StormwaterPA project.

Seattle, WA Olympia, WA Olympia, WA Redwood Forest, Northern CA San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA Big Sur, CA Big Sur, CA Santa Monica, CA Santa Monica, CA