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Wetlands Rehabilitation

Help Celebrate Earth Day

Please join us to plant small trees and shrubs at the Meadowbrook Run Wetland Meadow Rehabilitation Project

Saturday, April 21, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon


Emily Rauch: Emily.Rauch@SHAbrynmawr.org
Mike Kearney: Kearney19041@gmail.com

Some volunteers may also help rake debris or clear vines from the upland plateau area (future site of outdoor learning space)

Eligible for Community Service Hours

Parking available on the Sacred Heart Academy campus

All ages can participate (Volunteers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian/adult)

A waiver form is required at sign-in

SIGN IN: School Parking Lot. Community Service hours approved.

BRING YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT: Please bring your own equipment (if possible):

Weed whackers, shovels, hand pruners, weed whips, loppers, saws, garden rakes.

WEAR: Long pants, long sleeves, gloves, sturdy shoes/boots.There is poison ivy.


Rain or Shine (Cancelled only for thunderstorms/ hurricanes)

Sacred Heart Wetlands

The Darby Creek Valley Association (DCVA) recently surveyed the extensive wetlands at the south end of Country Day School of the Sacred Heart's property along Bryn Mawr Avenue. Over the years, this area has become overgrown and native species have 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.

There was a meeting to discuss the Sacred Heart Wetlands Rehabilitation on
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Radnor Township Commissioner, John Nagle will kick off the meeting and the Darby Creek Valley Association will discuss the project. Anyone interested in this community project is welcome.

Feel free to email any questions to: communications@SHAbrynmawr.org.

Learn more about Darby Creek Valley Association.

Check back for updates and photos!

Wetland Rehabilitation
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. Both DCVA and Michael are up to organizing the task.

A meeting was held on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Country School of the Sacred Heart, where we will begin forming our rehabilitation plan. Two of DCVA’s Board Members, Derron LaBrake and Clyde Hunt spoke to those assembled 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 Michael Kearney at kearney19041@gmail.com or Derron LaBrake at 2ndvp@dcva.org. It’s going to take the combined effort of a community to rehabilitate this important wetland.