Browse Exhibits (4 total)

River Documents

Point Breeze refinery in Philadelphia, 1926.

Browse here for a resource of historical, political and scientific documents about the Lower Schuylkill River. 

Oral Histories

Margie Cobb 2017

Browse here to listen to oral accounts of river ward communities as they share their relationships and interactions with the Schuylkill River and surrounding environment.

Ecotopian Toolkit


Climate prediction models agree that Philadelphia is becoming hotter and wetter. How can we best adapt to the higher temperatures and other extreme weather events that increasingly make up the new normal? 

In the Spring of 2017, under a competition led by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, six artists presented "tools" in answer to this question. Each tool was created as part of this design competition and presented at a public community event at Bartram's Garden. Enter here to learn more about the overall project and to explore the winning kit of tools.

River Research Seminar


The Schuylkill River and Urban Waters Research Seminar is a public, cooperative research seminar organized by Peter DeCarlo (Drexel), Danielle Redden (Bartram's Garden), and Bethany Wiggin (Penn). Some seminar meetings take place on campus--select Fridays at noon with a free lunch; others convene on the water. This web archive serves as a site the Seminar members' varied work: contributing and collecting oral histories, measuring air quality, and an array of citizen science and public humanities projects that discover and document the tidal river's past and present--and together imagine its future. Special thanks to the Fels Policy Research Initiative, Penn Sustainability, Drexel's ExCITe Center, Bartram's Garden, and John Heinz National Wildife Refuge for support. 

Here you can discover or revisit lectures and presentations from past seminars.