Whether you are a student researching a project, an educator searching for innovative environmental science resources, looking for environmental education grant opportunities, or just looking for a connection to local environmental organizations, this page is for YOU!
To connect to sites which highlight Delaware River integrity issues and wetlands values, try the following:
The Izaac Walton League’s “Protect Our Wetlands” program educates us about wetland ecology, functions, and values, and provides the tools we need to protect these valuable ecosystems. They sponsor hands-on workshops suitable for neighborhood or classroom which both advocate wetland conservation and offer tools to become effectively involved.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website offers links to related sites, curriculum guides, and teaching tools on the subject of wetlands. You will also find activities for students and excellent program ideas for getting involved in wetland protection.
The Delaware Riverkeeper network is dedicated to protecting and restoring the Delaware River, its tributaries, and habitats. This is a pro-active organization which offers you the opportunity to become involved with any or all issues which have the potential to affect the integrity of the river.
Looking for grant opportunities to cover the cost of innovative environmental education programs or projects? Try these sites:
The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge Association is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage for future generations through programs which protect, enhance, and expand the National Wildlife Refuge system. If you are interested in partnering with the Heinz Refuge on educational projects which offer you and your students the opportunity for funding a service learning project, this is the place to go.
Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources offers environmental grants through an online system for several programs, including green energy, wild resource conservation, and more.
Local organizations with common goals including wildlife preservation, hands-on nature projects, and environmental education programs and activities for adults and children include:
Minutes from center city Philadelphia, you will find Bartram’s Garden. This jewel, located on the Schuylkill River, is America’s oldest botanical garden. They offer hands-on educational field trips for ages pre-K through high school.
The Darby Creek Valley Association (http://www.dcva.org/) is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of all of the watershed’s resources, including water, wildlife, historic sites, floodplains, and wetlands.
Several area birding organizations are worth looking into. Whether you are a novice or expert birder, no matter where you live in the Delaware Valley, there is a bird club near you, including the most recently formed, PA Young Birders.
The PA Young Birders Club (http://payoungbirders.org/) was created to bring like-minded kids, ages 8 to 18, together from all over Pennsylvania,and the greater Delaware Valley region so they could share the fun of being otuside and enjoying nature.
The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) (http://www.dvoc.org/), is one of the oldest birding clubs in the nation, with a history rooted in well-known ornithologists of the time. DVOC welcomes all who have an interest in birds to attend program meetings and field trips. DVOC supports and participates in myriad avian activities, including Christmas Bird Counts, bird censuses, youth birding, rare bird documentation, and conservation initiatives
Wyncote Audubon is one of the oldest nature-oriented clubs in North America, with over 1,800 members in the Philadelphia / eastern Montgomery County area.
Valley Forge Audubon Society (http://valleyforgeaudubon.org/), created in 1960 with members from Philadelphia, Delaware, and Chester counties, has several programs, including a favorite entitled “Backyards for Nature.”