Protecting, conserving, and restoring the natural resources of the
Chester, Ridley, and Crum Creek Watersheds.
Tree Plantings – CRC volunteers and staff plant native trees and shrubs at a variety of sites throughout the watersheds in spring and fall. Take a look at the calendar to see upcoming planting events.
Streams Cleanup – CRC volunteers spend a Saturday morning each April removing trash and debris from over 35 sites throughout the watersheds. More information is available on the Streams Cleanup page.
Nature Walk – Started in 2018, friends of CRC joined Kevin Magerr (US EPA) and Walt Cressler (West Chester University) for a hands-on streamside nature walk through Ridley Creek State Park to discover how healthy forests make healthy streams. Participants heard the story of the landscape and learned how to read the woods.
Watersheds Discovery Day – The Family Fun Picnic was a terrific 2017 addition to our annual Stream Clean-up picnic event! Stream stewards, both young and old, enjoyed a variety of hands-on activities including nature-themed face painting, painting river rocks, exploring the impact of non-point source pollution via a watershed model, and getting their photos taken wearing animal-inspired costumes. All activities were run by a handful of committed volunteers dedicated to engaging and inspiring families to play a role in caring for and enjoying our shared natural resources. Beginning in 2019, the CRC Watersheds Discovery Day will take place in June to invite CRC members, volunteers, friends, and interested watershed neighbors to enjoy our beautiful setting at the Okehocking Preserve and will include similar fun activities and food.
Science on Tap – This event started in September of 2017 and was held at the hip WaR3house3 venue in Swarthmore. West Chester University Professor Roger Barth, author of The Chemistry of Beer, shared stories about the topic he loves and explained the importance of beer's key ingredient - water. Attendees sampled a selection of specialty beers from the local brewery 2SP as well as learn a thing or two about beer. ntinues in February at Sligo, with a discussion about freshwater mussels led by Danielle Kreeger.
Annual Awards Dinner – CRC Board, staff, members and sponsors gather annually in November to honor organizations and individuals that distinguish themselves in forwarding CRC’s mission. The Annual Awards Dinner serves as a reminder of our commitment to the three watersheds, and allows us to come together to enjoy and celebrate the year’s various accomplishments. A Silent Auction is also held to help raise funds and enable a lively evening.