Meadow Palooza 2015: Thursday, April 9th 5:30-7:30

Come join us and celebrate the extension of Cook-Wissahickon’s Native Meadow & Outdoor Classroom.  Cook-Wiss families, staff and community members welcome!

  • Food—Enjoy free light fare with friends!
  • Music—Hear the Cook-Wiss Bucket Drummers & Choir
  • Learn—About the meadow’s native plants & importance for our local watershed
  • Ceremony—Unveiling of the new informational meadow sign & the Ramos Family Bench Memorial
  • Crafts—$1 flower pot painting with seeds included
  • Recycling—Terra recycling: Bring your recyclables! We will be accepting electronics (see here for information): Terracycle E-Waste_Brigade_Accepted_Waste_Guide
  • Receive a Free Eco Gift

5:30 Registration and Food *** 6:15 Unveiling of Informational Signs for the Meadow and the Ramos Family Memory Bench *** 6:30-7:30 Outside Activities around the Meadow

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New wing of the meadow installed this winter.

This winter Cook-Wissahickon’s Green Committee (also known as the Wissahickon Sustainability Council or “WSC”) installed the second part of its native meadow at the front of the school building.  Funded by the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund and Councilman Jones’s office, the meadow features plants and flowers native to eastern Pennsylvania.  The purpose of the meadow is to develop an outdoor classroom, manage storm water (thereby reducing flooding and improving Philadelphia’s drinking water), act as a natural air filter, attract wildlife, and extend the habitat of nearby Fairmount Park.

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New plantings in winter.

Our school has won numerous grants and awards for our work to create a sustainable landscape by retrofitting our school campus including the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Community Greening Award, the Schuylkill Scholastic Student Award, and a Keystone Energy Efficiency Award for environmental stewardship.  Cook’s meadow project is being featured in a new Community Design Collaborative publication and being used as a model in the Manayunk/Roxborough neighborhood.

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Green Apple Day of Service at Cook-Wissahickon

Want more information about this event or to get involved? Please email Mrs. Powers at teacherp103[AT]gmail[DOT]com or Ms. Kimmel at ckimmel[AT]philasd[DOT]org