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The Year of Water

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ASBURY WOODS | The Year of Water

Asbury Woods is thrilled to announce a new initiative to help us achieve our vision that Northwestern Pennsylvania be a region where protection of and appreciation for natural places is a deeply held personal and community value. As a way to delve deeper into important environmental and conservation topics, we will begin year-long themes that allow us to explore subjects in a robust and multi-disciplinary way.

We are kicking off this new approach to programming with The Year of Water. Water is one of the world’s most vital natural resources and our region’s strategic location adjacent to Lake Erie makes the topic of clean water and sustainable use of fresh water a matter of local, regional, national, and global significance. Whether we are drinking it, recreating in and on it, living on its shores, or using it for industry, Lake Erie and its watershed surrounds us and is an inescapable part of the fabric of our community. With Walnut Creek, a major tributary of Lake Erie, passing through Asbury Woods' property, water was a natural choice to kick off our yearly themes.


Our goal is to provide programs, forums, materials, and experiences which engage people of all ages in a conversation about the importance of water and appreciation for this precious resource. We hope that individuals and the community as a whole will learn how they can take action to protect water. Starting with this newsletter, you’ll notice programs with a symbol to indicate they are part of The Year of Water programming. We will also share relevant materials through our various communication channels: website, blogs, email, and social media.

In addition to our internal team, we’ll be partnering with topic experts, individuals and organizations who can add expertise, provide research data, and share new ways to view and appreciate water. January will be our first such program with Amber Stillwell, Coastal Outreach Specialist with PA SeaGrant, for a discussion about aquatic invasive species and their impacts on wetland ecosystems.

During 2023, the Asbury Woods exhibit hall will become a host site for Trouts in the Classroom, a national program that helps demonstrate the everyday relevance of healthy watersheds and engages youth in active stewardship. Learn more about this program.

Later in the year we will be unveiling a major collaboration with renowned artist and Erie native, Kevin-John Jobczynski. As his fine arts career has led him to working with brands such as Disney, Lucas Films, ESPN, the NFL and others, he remains inspired by his memories of visits to Asbury Woods as a student at Asbury Elementary School. Kevin-John will be working on an original piece of art that captures the spirit of The Year of Water at Asbury Woods.

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Healthy Water, Healthy Critters

In this introductory class, you’ll learn what insect larvae can tell us about healthy water. You’ll also learn which insects fish like to eat and have the opportunity to tie flies for fly fishing.

Date: Tuesday, October 24
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Age: All Ages
Location: Nature Center
Supporting Donor Fee: $8
Program Fee: $10

Register Here

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Lecture: Advocating for Our Water & Our Future

PennFuture Campaign Manager for Clean Water Advocacy, Jenny Tompkins, will discuss the Our Water, Our Future campaign, which outlines a policy-based roadmap for protecting and restoring the Lake Erie watershed. She will also discuss the importance of having Lake Erie advocates in assembly halls, public meetings, legislative offices, and courtrooms.

Date: Monday, November 13
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Age: Teens and Adults 16 or older
Location: Nature Center
FREE, pre-registration preferred

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Lecture: The Plastics Paradox by Sherri A. Mason, Ph.D.

Dr. Sherri A. Mason, one of the foremost experts in the field of freshwater plastic pollution, will discuss the paradox that plastic causes. The versatility and durability of plastic allow it to be used in place of a myriad of natural materials, but these same features make it an environmental bane. Here we will explore this paradox and what it means for the freshwaters we love so much.

Date: Tuesday, December 5
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Age: Teens and Adults 16 or older
Location: Nature Center
FREE, pre-registration preferred

Register Here