Monday, August 17, 2009

Friends of Wissahickon, Wal-Mart Launch Conservation Leadership Corps

Philadelphia high-school students from the Student Conservation Association joined the Friends of the Wissahickon and employees of Walmart on August 4 at Valley Green in Wissahickon Valley Park for a day of service to celebrate the launch of the Conservation Leadership Corps, a program to engage high-school students in conservation service, environmental education, and green jobs training in the Philadelphia region.
SCA students worked for seven weeks this summer in four parks, including the Wissahickon, where they restored trails and removed invasive plants, litter, and graffiti.
The Walmart Foundation is funding the program with a donation of $170,000.
Pictured here are Vincent Gaeta from SCA’s Wissahickon Crew repairing the path along the creek at Valley Green with a volunteer from Walmart. Storms earlier this month caused the banks of the creek to overflow, causing serious damage to the path along the creek in front of inn. (click here for more information from Friends of the Wissahickon)

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