Young Naturalist Lunch & Learn with Connie Nye
We are very excited to be hosting local children's author and environmental educator Connie Nye for a fun and informative webinar! Grab your lunch and log in to learn about watersheds and stewardship with Connie Nye utilizing her fun and interactive books.
Sweet Water Hunt is a mystery novel for grades 4-7; Can He Keep It? is a picture book for younger kids and their families. Connie will read, sing, and guide participants through fun activities about nature and protecting water that make learning fun! To participate in a guided activity during the webinar, please bring with you a crayon, a piece of white paper, and a fresh (not dried out) leaf, like a maple or oak (but not poison ivy!).
For a small taste of what Connie does, visit her on YouTube for some Co-vid encouraged field explorations, songs sung by Pete the Shad, and more!
Connie Nye lives in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and has been working with children for thirty years in environmental, science, and outdoor education. She has developed numerous teacher workshops and programs for elementary, middle, and high school students, including Indoor Out School, Brandywine FLOWS (the Future/the Legacy of Our WaterShed) and the Red Streams Blue School Program. As the mother of two daughters, an avid outdoor person, and a writer, Ms. Nye couldn’t think of a better way to spend her days than exploring the Brandywine watershed.
Please help us keep events like this free. Donations are appreciated but not required.
Young Naturalist monthly educational nature programs for children from 5-10 years old will focus on nature exploration, team building, and honing observational skills. Check event schedule for topics and details.
Citizen Science/StreamKeeper Meet and Greet
July 21, 2020
DCVA is proud to be part of the Willistown Conservation Trust (WCT) and Stroud Water research , in an effort to study and protect the Darby Creek. Working with our partners we are implementing water quality monitoring efforts at 32 sites across our watershed. Sites will be located in Easttown, Radnor , Haverford, and Upper Darby.
Each month, our team of committed citizen scientists/StreamKeepers will gather valuable data throughout the watershed. The StreamKeepers are the eyes and ears of the creek, venturing out to take photos and complete monitoring forms. With dozens of miles of streams in the suburban part of the Darby Creek, this monitoring would be impossible without our Streamkeepers commitment. Our Streamkeepers care about the creek!
Join us and learn about our efforts,volunteer opportunities and commitment .
While our focus is in Easttown, Radnor, Haverford and Upper Darby We are hoping to expand our efforts. If you are interested in learning more feel free to register.
Lunch with Carol -Microplastics in Riverine Systems
July 22, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Plastics are commonplace in and around our waters of Pennsylvania, in our soils, and in the air, and understanding their affects on our environments and on life is urgent. This science is still in its infancy and questions are basic such as how plastics are being dumped and leaked daily, which biological systems can microplastics affect with how much damage, and what are the effects on biota of the contaminants in plastics. Policies are not yet developed in any country for microplastics, or on effects in riverine systems. The current methods to dispose of plastic waste are far from being circularized in the economy. More information is needed on effectiveness of efforts to reduce plastic waste, how to change human behavior and responses to policies, how industry can be drawn in with incentives/disincentives, and on how to assess the consequences of plastic waste. This webinar will focus on studies and policies on riverine systems, and will include available studies of Pennsylvania streams.
Carol Armstrong is a cognitive neuroscientist and neuropsychologist who shifted her focus to watershed restoration after 35 years of research on radiotherapy effects on the brain and caring for people with brain cancer and other neurological and psychiatric illnesses at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a member of the Friends of Heinz Refuge Board, PennState Ext. Master Watershed Steward for Chester and Delaware Counties, the Stroud Water Research Center's stream monitoring program, vice-chair of Charlestown Township Environmental Advisory Committee, and Advisory Council of the Pennsylvania Office of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Young Naturalist Lunch & Learn with Jennifer Keats Curtis
We are so excited to host author Jennifer Keats Curtis to share her book Creek Critters in a fun and informative webinar! Grab your lunch and log in for a read aloud and informal Q&A session. This new release is a realistic fiction, co-authored with scientists at Stroud Water Research Center, that will demonstrate how easy it is for kids to understand the water quality of the creeks they visit by taking a closer look at the critters inhabiting it!
Lunch with Christa- Edible Wild Plants
July 30, 2020
There are an abundance of edible delights waiting for you to discover in your backyards and wild places. In today's presentation learn about wild edibles, both native and invasive, that grow in our area and how to identify, responsibly forage and prepare them for safe consumption. I will also provide resources and personal recipes in addition to a question and answer session.
Originally from Florida, I moved to the Northeast 11 years ago with my wife to help with an aging parent and decided to go back to school and change career paths. I had been a chef for the last 10 years and wanted to pursue a career in the environmental sciences, my other true passion. I received a scholarship from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to attend East Stroudsburg University and got my B.S. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geography focused on Watershed hydrology and ecology. Foraging in this temperate region came as a natural fit, being out in the landscape working and my love of food led me to learning what nature had to offer. I used guides, workshops, online forums, friends and my local community. I started as an intern for the Musconetcong watershed association and my mentor introduced me to Stroud water research center and I did a dual internship between the two and am now the Water quality field Specialist for the MWA and the Field technician for SWRC in the northern Delaware watershed. I have founded the Lehigh Valley chapter of the Native plant Society with a colleague and my wife and have been giving free educational plant walks since our inception.
Young Naturalist Lunch & Learn with Author Jacqueline Briggs Martin
We are so excited to host author Jacqueline Briggs Martin to share her book Creekfinding, a true story for kids that explains how a lost ecosystem in Iowa was brought back to life! Grab your lunch and log in for a read aloud and discussion about how the book came to be, followed by an informal Q&A session.
Jacqueline Briggs Martin is the author of many other books including Snowflake Bentley, winner of the 1999 Caldecott Medal, and The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish, an ALA Notable Book, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book, Riverbank Review Finalist, Notable Social Studies Trade book and winner of The Golden Kite Award for Illustration. To check out all her other work please visit her website at www.jacquelinebriggsmartin.com.
Young Naturalist Lunch & Learn with Author Scott Russell Sanders
Please join us in welcoming author Scott Russell Sanders to share his book Crawdad Creek, a beautiful story about two children discovering the beautiful and fascinating life within the creek that runs behind their house (not to mention an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children chosen by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council). Grab your lunch and join us as the author reads from Crawdad Creek, talks about how he came to write it, and why outdoor adventures for kids are so important.
Scott Russell Sanders is the author of more than two dozen books for children and adults, some drawn from history, some from imagination. As writer, teacher, and public speaker, he seeks to convey his wonder at the vast, marvelous, unending show we call nature, and his curiosity about the two-legged species to which he belongs. His newest book The Way of Imagination will be released on August 11th. To check out his many other books and awards please visit his website at www.scottrussellsanders.com
Sept 13, 2020
401 Swarthmore Ave.
Ridley Park, PA 19078
High tide is at 9:45 P.MRegistration: 10 P.M. - 10:45 P.M.
Mass start is at 11 P.M.
$20 Pre-Registration Fee/person
$25 Registration at event / Person
Please register and fill out the following forms; either email to email@example.com or bring with you day of race.
Non Participants are encouraged to come out and cheer others on. A lunch will be held afterwards for participants . Non participants may join the luncheon for a small fee.
Darby Creek Race Course starting at Ridley Marina- (1).jpg
Race Organizer: Sue Miller suedcva.org
**Bring your own Canoe or Kayak to participate.