Whitby Meadow Tree Planting & Cleanup with Audubon Mid-Atlantic
Sunday, October 2nd, 9am - 4pm
Join DCVA, Audubon Mid-Atlantic, Penn State Master Watershed Stewards, and the Philadelphia Mycology Club for a volunteer planting and cleanup day at Whitby Meadows in Cobbs Creek Park. We will be restoring habitat along Cobbs Creek by planting native trees, shrubs and meadow plants to help protect the creek and create habitat for birds and other wildlife, in addition to picking up trash and debris in the area.
Meet at the intersection of Cobbs Creek Parkway & Whitby Avenue (there is a parking lot close by at Thomas Ave & Cobbs Creek Pkwy). Gloves and tools will be provided. Long pants and boots are recommended.
DCVA Young Naturalists: Owl Explorers
Saturday, October 29th from 10-11:30am
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Join Aurora to learn about beautiful and mysterious owls! Participants will also have the opportunity to dissect owl pellets to discover and identify what was in an owl's meal. This program is intended for children ages 5-10 and their caregivers, however younger children are also welcome to attend with the assistance of an attentive caregiver.
DCVA events are free - donations are very appreciated to support the work we do, but are not required.
DCVA Young Naturalists: Mystifying Mushrooms
Saturday, November 12th from 10-11:30am
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Let's dive into the wild and mystifying world of mushrooms! Participants will learn facts about fungi and also have the opportunity to dissect a mushroom while learning to identify it's parts. This program is intended for children ages 5-10 and their caregivers, however younger children are also welcome to attend with the assistance of an attentive caregiver.
Mushroom Walk & Talk with Beth Teigen from Philly Mycology Club
Saturday, November 19th, 10am-12pm
Don Guanella Woods - meet at 600 Reed Rd, Broomall
Come learn about the fungus among us in a guided walk with mushroom enthusiast and educator, Beth Teigen. We will explore one of Delaware County's last older growth forests that was recently saved from development and will be preserved as a county park for all of us to enjoy for generations to come.
Bethany founded the Philadelphia Mycology Club in 2018 after finding some mushrooms coming up between the Philly cobblestones. Since then, the community of novice and experienced mycologists has grown to thrive in Greater Philadelphia. PMC works with many of the environmental education centers in Philadelphia to provide free and accessible mushroom guidance in an urban setting. The group hosts group hikes, workshops, and trash clean ups year round. Bethany also volunteers for Fungal Diversity Survey, a national non-profit dedicated to documenting and conserving the diverse macrofungi of North America. Her main interests are fungal biodiversity, community building, and environmental justice.
DCVA Young Naturalists: Saltwater vs. Freshwater Discovery
Saturday, December 17th from 10-11:30am
We're going to make a splash learning about the differences between saltwater and freshwater! Participants will learn facts about the properties of both types of water and why we should care about whether or not salt gets into our freshwater streams. We will then become community scientists in the Winter Salt Watch program by taking a hike to a stream and doing a simple test to measure chloride levels. This program is intended for children ages 5-10 and their caregivers, however younger children are also welcome to attend with the assistance of an attentive caregiver.