Philadelphia Watershed Stewards Program
Put Nature Back
Philadelphia Watershed Stewards Program (PWS)
This Philadelphia Watershed Stewards Program places special emphasis on Cobbs Creek and its surrounding areas. The creation of Cobbs Creek Park and Morris Park in Philadelphia, in the beginning of the 20th century, preserved hundreds of acres of open space. However even with the benefit of surrounding open space, the effects of former industrialization have taken its toll. As Philadelphia industrialized, polluted stormwater runoff and inadequate drainage systems, leaking and inadequate septic tanks, illegal dumping, and an array of other urban ills have degraded the quality of human and natural life in and around the watershed. This is where Watershed Stewards come in.
The Philadelphia Watershed Stewards Program is an initiative meant to empower young people to become stewards of our city and our planet, by becoming stakeholders in our collective wellness. This program is designed to support students, as they become the change makers, ecologists, scientists, urban planners and leaders of tomorrow.
Goals of the PWS
- To bring awareness and knowledge regarding Environmental Education (EE) to young adults in the Philadelphia area as a mechanism to foster stewardship of urban green spaces and Green Storm Water Infrastructure.
- To empower high school students as agents of change and advocates of the environment though increased engagement and leadership opportunities.
- To teach networking and life skills for high school students, preparing them for their next step in life.
Where are the Stewards
The Philadelphia Watershed Stewards attend many events both private for continued education and public for community interaction. This program is designed to support students, as they become the change makers, ecologists, scientists, urban planners and leaders of tomorrow. Below is a list of events that our stewards will be attending. Please feel free to drop by any public event to meet our stewards!
East Point Breeze Neighborhood Association with pre meeting with Nic Esposito-head of Philadelphia’s Zero Waste Commission in the office of sustainabilityAugust 23 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
- August 28 @ 3:30 am - 5:30 pm
- August 30 @ 9:15 am - 4:00 pm
- September 9 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
- September 13 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Hear from the Stewards
During the program, each Steward is required to submit a blog about their experience. We’re looking forward to sharing their voices with you.
Become a Steward
The first year Philadelphia Watershed Stewards program targets 9th through 12th grade students. The program runs from May 15th, 2017 until December 2017. In January of 2018 re-enrollment will begin and second year stewards will be encouraged to stay on and become mentors to first year stewards, fulfilling a leadership position with increased leadership opportunity. Students receive a stipend for this program. Stipends are contingent of full completion of the program.
Program details are fully explained in the enrollment packet here. Fill out the enrollment packet and email the completed forms to the Program Manager, Alisa Shargorodsky: email@example.com.
Accepted students will be trained as a steward of the creek, earn money, gain real-world experience, and engage with environmental and civic leaders in the area. If you have any further questions, please fill out the form below. We look forward to putting nature back with you.
The Philadelphia Watershed Stewards Program is funded by the Philadelphia Water Department. More information on their innovative approaches to manage the city’s stormwater runoff through green infrastructure and education can be found at www.phillywatersheds.org.
For additional questions please email Program Manager, Alisa Shargorodsky: firstname.lastname@example.org