Public Education

The Philadelphia Water Department emphasizes the importance of public education about Philadelphia’s water history, current water infrastructure, and individuals’ connection to water. Providing environmental education and stewardship opportunities allows customers to play a positive role in the health of our waterways and watersheds.

Fairmount Water Works

As PWD’s major public education arm, the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center transforms the way people think and live by making them aware of how individual actions on the land impact the quality of water for all living things. The Fairmount Water Works offers a variety of programming including:

  • Internships
  • School Programs (pre-K to college)
  • Curriculum Guide and in-classroom lessons
  • Summer and Out of School time programs
  • Public programming and lectures

Visit the Fairmount Water Works home page for more information on accessing these opportunities.


The Philadelphia Water Department leads tours of:

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center

The Philadelphia Water Department has developed the Cobbs Creek Docent Program, a visitors’ services and interpretative naturalist training program for high school students at the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center (CCCEEC). After training, docents lead supervised nature walks, assist with special events, and maintain the gardens and grounds of the Education Center to ensure a quality experience for the visitors. In addition, docents lead walks and special events at Heinz Wildlife Refuge, Morris Park, Overbrook Environmental Center, Bartram’s Garden, Mt Moriah, and other locations in West and South West Philadelphia.

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