PHILADELPHIA WATERSHED STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
The Philadelphia Watershed Stewardship program is an initiative run in partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department to empower high school students to become stewards of their environment. LandHealth supports these students/watershed stewards as they become change-makers, scientists, leaders and advocates for a better tomorrow, through natural history and urban ecology and better health of our watersheds.
The program is built on experience and exploration-- in-field and hands-on--to better understand the plants, animals, soil, water, and air of our city. PWS offers several opportunities for students to share what they learn with community groups and the general public, becoming ambassadors for green spaces and clean water.
PWS' focus is on Cobbs Creek, home to vibrant communities in west Philadelphia. While the creation of Cobbs Creek Park and Morris Park in Philadelphia in the early 20th century preserved hundreds of acres of open space, its benefits were offset by the toll from mass industrialization and modernization. Polluted stormwater runoff, inadequate drainage systems, leaking septic tanks, illegal dumping, and other ills have degraded the quality of human and natural life in/around the watershed. This is where PWS comes in!
BECOME A WATERSHED STEWARD
Are you a high school student in Philadelphia, interested in the health of our city?
Apply below, through May 15th!
Returning stewards serve as mentors, and accepted students are eligible to receive a $500 stipend.
Trained as stewards of the creek, students gain real-world experience, and engage with environmental and civic leaders in the area. Questions? (267) 571-5750 or
To bring environmental awareness and knowledge to young adults in Philadelphia 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 engagement and leadership opportunities
To teach networking and life skills for high school students, preparing them for their next steps in life
Highlights from PWS 2020
In 2020, PWS continued to engage young stewards virtually and also connected with Villanova professor Hezekiah Lewis and Villanova students who participated in the filming of the documentary “From the Ground Up."
Siobhan Gleason on Grid magazine featured our 2020 PWS highlights, which can be accessed below: