Volunteers from Darby Creek Valley Association as well as Sacred Heart Academy have worked together over the past 18 months undergoing rehabilitation of the wetlands on campus. Volunteers have removed vines, brush, and invasive plants over several workdays by volunteers.
In 2017, Darby Creek Valley Association (DCVA) surveyed the extensive wetlands at the south end of Sacred Heart Academy's property along Bryn Mawr Avenue. Over the years, this area had become overgrown and native species had been crowded out by invasive plants and trees.
Meadowbrook Run, a tributary of Darby Creek, flows across this area. The DCVA survey concluded that the area can be restored as a valuable wetland, accessible to students, researchers, and the community.
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The lower school science classes went on a wetlands scavenger hunt to identify cattails, bamboo seedling, animal tracks and more!
Join SHA on Earth Day and help plant small trees and shrubs at the Meadowbrook Run Wetland Rehabilitation Project on campus. What a nice way to give back on Earth Day!
On May 10, 2017 a group of volunteers walked a portion of the wetlands and then met in the Harron Bruder Dining Room to view aerial images and discuss the area in four sections to create a rehabilitation plan.
Country Day School of the Sacred Heart's Head of School, Director of Studies, and Science Department prepare for the beginning phase of Sacred Heart's Wetlands Rehabilitation Project and outdoor learning environment.
Under the direction of volunteers from DCVA, over fifty volunteers spent Earth Day in the Sacred Heart Wetlands cleaning up and beautifying the edges with fifteen new trees and various flowering shrubs, all native to the area.
By Derron LaBrake
DCVA is assisting Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr in developing a plan for rehabilitating a large (about three acres) wetland on their property that has been mostly taken over by non-native invasive plants. This large wetland has tremendous potential for being a beautiful wetland once the invasive plants have been removed and the natives are allowed to regain their previous stature.
This effort was started by the vision of Michael Kearney (Chairman, Building and Grounds Committee), who recognized that the School might have something special. Wetland scientists from both the US Army Corps of Engineers and DCVA have visited the wetland and agree that this wetland is going to need a little help to restore it to their former glory and make it a community asset.
In early 2017, a community meeting was held at Sacred Heart Academy to begin forming a rehabilitation plan. Two of DCVA’s Board Members, Derron LaBrake and Clyde Hunt spoke about how to go about rehabilitating this wetland. For frame of reference, the wetlands are in the floodplain of Meadowbrook Run, which flows along South Bryn Mawr Avenue, in Radnor Township. Meadow-brook Run is a major tributary of Ithan Creek, which is an important tributary of Darby Creek.
If you or anyone you know may be interested in helping out with this effort please contact Sacred Heart Academy at communications@SHAbrynmawr.org or Derron LaBrake at email@example.com. It’s going to take the combined effort of a community to rehabilitate this important wetland.