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Interactive learning trail brings watershed education outdoors

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Water flows from North Philadelphia’s Juniata Park neighborhood into Tacony Creek Park. It joins the wooded creek corridor to the rowhouse and asphalt streetscape above, but the connection can be hard to notice. This summer the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership — TTF for short — will work with partners to transform East Cayuga Street near the Ferko Playground into the River Alive! Learning Trail to teach residents about their relationship with the park as well as their wild neighbors.

River Alive! is an exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum teaching visitors about the Delaware River watershed. For the Learning Trail, TTF is working with exhibit design firm Habithèque Inc., with funding from the William Penn Foundation, to take the museum exhibit outside and into the neighborhood.

Visual artist Miguel Horn will design six interactive animal sculptures (fish, fox, deer, heron, butterfly, and squirrel or groundhog) and six benches to anchor learning stations at which visitors will learn about the local watershed. Five crosswalk murals will invite families to take part in the Learning Trail.

Photo courtesy of TTF Watershed.

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