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World Water Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, March 21–22, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Postponed to a later date

scientists in stream

 scientists in stream

Enjoy a weekend of fun and fascinating water conservation activities for the whole family. Get inspired by our most precious resource, and take action to take care of it! Academy scientists and educators will guide visitors through hands-on activities, introduce the latest Academy water quality research and suggest opportunities to get involved outside the Academy.

World Water Weekend Activities:

Auditorium Show: Ruth Patrick
11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

Enjoy an engaging film about the world-renowned scientist, Dr. Ruth Patrick. She pioneered the study of freshwater ecosystems right here at the Academy.

Auditorium Show: Academy in Action
12, 2 and 4 p.m.

Learn more about the awesome work of Academy, both inside the museum and out, connecting the community with the environment in which we live in a series of film shorts.

The Creek Mobile (Sunday, March 22 only)

Our special guests from the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership will be onsite showing off the amazing Creek Mobile. Learn how our watershed is not only a source of life-giving water but also is crucial to our recreation and relaxation. How do you use the watershed?

Dr. Ruth Patrick Collections

Dr. Ruth Patrick (1907–2013) was a pioneer in environmental science and one of the first researchers to study biodiversity (the number of plants and animals in a habitat) as an indicator of stream health. She invented the diatometer, a device that detects single-celled algae called diatoms, to determine the type and level of pollution affecting a waterway. Check out her actual diatometer from 1937 as well as several of her personal reference books and photographs.

Inspiring Specimens

What kinds of creatures depend on water? How does the delicate balance of nature affect us all? Explore rare specimens from our collections as well as plenty of touchable artifacts of both freshwater and marine environments. Get inspired to take action by studying some of the most vulnerable animals, and be reminded that we are all inhabiting the same earth.

Ecology at the Academy

Meet Academy scientists and learn about the amazing research they do around Philadelphia and the Delaware River Valley. Explore the human impact of water research and find out more about how the science we do is used to make the world a better place.

Classy Plankton and Aquatic Acidification with the ISM River Ambassadors

Learn about the consequences of pollution on the aquatic food web and aquatic ecosystems while you get to know the young scientists of the Independence Seaport Museum. The River Ambassadors program provides intensive, hands-on science learning experiences for Philadelphia high school students. 

Taking Action at Home

Work with Academy experts to find out how you can make Philadelphia a cleaner, more sustainable city. Perform experiments to learn how our waterways are affected by climate change and pollution, and brainstorm simple, effective ways to reduce your impact on the environment.

Academy Café: Dr. Ruth Patrick Special

Stop by the Academy Café for lunch and consider getting the “Dr. Ruth Patrick Special” to honor an amazing water ecologist! Every day for lunch, Dr. Patrick would eat a hot dog and drink coffee; she lived to be 105. Other fresh fare includes made-to-order salads and local treats.

Special Exhibit: Survival of the Slowest

Do animals always need to be the strongest, the biggest and the fastest to survive? Or can it sometimes be advantageous to be small or slow? Just ask a tortoise! In Survival of the Slowest, meet animals that have survived for millions of years despite being very slow, and learn about the puzzling sides of evolution and adaptation. Meet live animals, including a two-toed sloth, tarantula, chameleon and horned frog. Touch a tortoise, iguana, snake, hedgehog or gecko, catch live animal feedings and more! Included as part of Pay-What-You-Wish admission this weekend only.