Fri., August 1, 5 to 7 p.m.
Sat., August 2, 2 to 4 p.m.
Wed., August 6, 6 to 8 p.m.







Voyage of Discovery

Ten high school embarked on a weeklong expedition in June throughout the 2,000-square-mile Schuylkill River watershed. | Schuylkill Acts & Impacts: An Expedition to Inspire Watershed Action

On June 7 a group of high school students pushed off into the Schuylkill River on a voyage of environmental discovery. The students came from all five of the Schuylkill Watershed's counties: Schuylkill, Berks, Montgomery, Chester and Philadelphia. Starting off at the river's headwaters in Schuylkill County, the students paddled all the way to Philadelphia, learning about environmental problems afflicting the river and some of their solutions.

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Force of Nature

Since Natural Lands Trust established Green Hills Preserve in 2012, Jim Moffett has installed 14 bluebird boxes. | Photo by Megan Matuzak

Jim Moffett, a Natural Lands Trust volunteer, works to improve Pennsylvania’s nature and wildlife preserves

With a pair of clippers in one hand and a camera resting on his hip, Jim Moffett surveys the land that makes up the Green Hills Preserve, a 168-acre Natural Lands Trust preserve in Mohnton, Pa. As he walks through the field and into the woods along a trail he helped create, he identifies plants and frequently pauses to snap a picture of a bird resting on a tree limb or telephone wire. Natural Lands Trust works to preserve land from development, and since it began land restoration work at Green Hills Preserve in 2012, Moffett has installed 14 bluebird boxes, and maintains about 70 species of native grasses and wildflowers.

Moffett became interested in land preservation after he graduated in 2012 from Force of Nature, a six-month program that trains individuals in identifying invasive and native plants, wildlife, and trial maintenance. This spurred him to begin volunteering at several preserves, including Green Hills and Crows Nest Preserve in Elverson, Pa. “I wanted to see wildlife coexist and have its place in our society,” Moffett says.

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Fall Internships Available at Grid

Are you passionate about sustainability and looking for a way to get involved? Grid is looking for eco-minded individuals interested in an editorial internship during the fall semester.
We are looking for current students or recent graduates with a background in environmental or sustainability issues, strong writing skills and an interest in contributing to Grid's mission and learning more about it. The positions are unpaid, with the option of receiving school credit.

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Help TreePhilly Branch Out


TreePhilly partnered with the Friends of Gorgas Park, the Boy Scouts, and the Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon Tree Tenders in April to give away 284 trees at Gorgas Park in Roxborough. | Photo by Charles Bouril

Program is Offering Community Yard Tree Giveaway Grants
to Groups and Local Businesses

In a bid to help restore Philadelphia’s urban forest, community groups and local businesses can start in their own backyards and apply for TreePhilly grants to host yard tree giveaways in their neighborhood this fall.

In addition to receiving 50 trees and a grant for $500—a $2,000 value—recipients will also get educational materials, event planning and promotion guidance and free mulch. Groups and nonprofits that serve in low tree canopy areas will be given preference, but all organizations that serve Philadelphians are encouraged to apply. But hurry, the deadline is July 31.

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The Family Stone

Illustration by James Heimer

A two-century-old stone mill
gets a second life generations later

My grandfather, Henry Fischer, was a master miller in Bavaria when he decided at age 20 to immigrate to the U.S. A classic American immigrant story of hard work and new beginnings, he eventually owned his own moving and storage company in Doylestown, but his passion for water mills remained. In 1947, he bought the run-down Castle Valley Mill property, spent a year restoring the house, and moved his family in. While he never got the mill running again, he continued to make repairs as time and money allowed, and collected mill stones and machinery— including an 1830 rolling screen, 1910 seed cleaner, 1888 disc aspirator and a 1880 Nordyke-Marmon stone mill—from all over Bucks County as mills were torn down or turned into restaurants and gift shops. My father, Robert Fischer, lived at Castle Valley from age 12 until he left for a career in the Air Force and aviation. Though it was his cherished childhood home, milling was not in his future. 


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