Whether you are interested in attending an event, helping organize or volunteering at an event, you are welcome! Below you will find information on annual programming, community events and more. Each year we look for new opportunities to expand our reach in the community and encourage participation among residents. Do you have a project you believe would benefit the environment, your neighborhood or both? Let us know! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to Audubon Bird Town
Did you know that Abington Township is an Audubon Bird Town?
Bird Town is a working partnership of Audubon and municipalities in Pennsylvania to promote conservation and community-based actions to create a healthy, more sustainable environment for birds and people.
Audubon provides the tools for the municipality to engage their residents, schools and businesses in making more ecologically-friendly decisions, conserving energy, and in the process, saving money. A Bird Town makes efforts to restore valuable ecosystem services to create a culture of conservation where everyone is a potential steward of nature in their backyard and beyond.
Bird Walks at Lorimer Park
Join Leigh Altadonna, President of the Wyncote Audubon Society
and Jennifer Sherwood, Chair of Abington Bird Town
Tuesday August 20, 2019 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Welsh Road lot
Sunday September 8, 2019 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Moredon Road lot
Tuesday September 17, 2019 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Welsh Road lot
Sunday October 6, 2019 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Moredon Road lot
Tuesday October 15, 2019 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Welsh Road lot
Tuesday November 19, 2019 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Moredon Road lot
Tuesday December 17, 2019 ~ 8:00-10:00 am Welsh Road Lot
All are Invited: The walk is open to anyone interested in learning more about the birds that frequent this Montgomery County Park that is part of an Audubon Important Bird Area. This walk is for beginning birders and experienced birders as well. Wear comfortable footwear and clothing. Bring binoculars if you have them. Pre-registration optional: Lorimer Park Office 215-947-3477.
Directions: The Moredon Road parking area is the main parking area for Lorimer Park and is at 183 Moredon Road between Old Ford Road and Pine Road, entrance is on south side of road. The Welsh Road parking area is at the intersection of Welsh Road and Terwood Road, on the southwest corner, look for the Pennypack Trail sign.
Redeemer Valley Community GardenLocated in Abington Township:
The Sisters of the Holy Redeemer began a community garden in 2010. The garden is open to all, and is located at the Provincialate of the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, 521 Moredon Rd, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006. Everyone is welcome to volunteer in the communal garden section which grows food for food cupboards and farmer's markets (you don't need to be a member). Memberships are available to anyone who would like to have their own small garden plot to grow themselves. Members are required to volunteer their time in the communal garden. Volunteers are also needed for community service projects. For more information, visit their website redeemervalley.com , or contact Sister Ana Dura 215-914-4109 or ADura @ holyredeemer.com .
- Robinson Park Community Garden
- Located in Cheltenham Township
- This is a small but growing organic community garden in 5-acre Robinson Park in the center of historic Wyncote. Each family can garden two four-foot by eight-foot plots with organic fruits and vegetables. The surplus gets donated to a local food bank. The garden is located at Walt Land and Greenwood Avenue in the Wyncote section of Cheltenham township. For more information, visit https://communitygarden.org/find-a-garden/gardens/robinson-park-community-garden/ .
- LaMott Community Garden
- Located in Cheltenham TownshipThis community garden is over 90 years old. The future of the garden is threatened by the possible sale of the land by Temple University. The garden is located on Graham Lane in the LaMott section of Cheltenham township. For more information, visit lamottcommunitygarden.com , call 267-253-6947, or email la_mott_garden @ yahoo.com.
- Benjamin Rush State Park Community Garden
- Located in Northeast Philadelphia:
- The Benjamin Rush Community Garden is one of the world's largest community gardens, with over 11 acres of land set aside for the community to grow herbs, flowers and vegetables. It is located in the far northeastern reaches of Philadelphia in Benjamin Rush State Park, http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/benjaminrush/. The area has been used for farming since the Comly Family farmed it in the early 1700's. The area has been used as a farm to support the Philadelphia State Hospital which was located across Roosevelt Boulevard prior to being decomissioned. The community garden is a part of the Benjamin Rush State Park, and is managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources. For information contact the Benjamin Rush Garden Association at 215-969-0507, or https://communitygarden.org/find-a-garden/gardens/benjamin-rush-community-garden/ .
- Community Gardens at Morris Aboretum
- Located in Chestnut Hill
- The Community Gardens at the Morris Arboretum are located across the road from the Morris Arboretum's main entrance. The Community Gardens at the Morris Arboretum provide over 100 garden plots for seasonal rentals. Local gardeners enjoy nurturing a bit of earth, while growing relationships among fellow gardeners. Each garden plot is approximately 15 by 20 feet. They are available for a yearly fee to individuals who hold memberships with the Chestnut Hill Community Association or the Morris Arboretum.
- Schuylkill Center Community Garden
- Located in Roxborough
- The Schuylkill Center’s Organic Community Garden is comprised of 481 plots, each measuring roughly 16’ x 20’. One can find towering yellow corn, bright red heirloom tomatoes, meandering flower beds, and more growing side by side in this maze of plots. Some plants are chosen to attract bees from the adjacent apiary. Gardeners grow produce and vegetables for their family, friends, churches, restaurants; and local food banks. Some use their plot to create an outdoor oasis to escape to. The gardens serve as an excellent place to learn new greenthumb techniques, enjoy the company of fellow gardeners, and take in the beautiful scenery the area. For more information, please visit: http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/programs/organicgarden
Help make Abington beautiful
The Abington Township Green Program is an award-winning community tree planting and greening program. The Green Program is used to beautify public parks and open spaces. Contributions from individuals or groups are accepted to help buy trees, plants, benches, honorary plaques, and other items.
Here is how you can help:
Purchase an Honorary Tree: To honor a person, an organization, or to celebrate a special occasion, you can purchase an honorary tree . You can choose which park you would like the tree to be planted in. The honoree's name is engraved on a plaque that is on permanent display in the township building lobby. See order form for prices.
- Abington School District Adminstration building, in honor of Adele Block
- Meadowbrook Bird Sanctuary
- Ethel Jordan Park, in memory of Waverly Woodly, Henry Washington Jr. and Donald Weigand.
Donate to buy trees for open space: Please donate to help restore trees in township parks, open spaces and along streets. Trees have been planted at these places:
Alverthorpe Park, Ardsley Train Station, Crestmont Park, Gabe Tayar Park, Grove Park, Highland Green, Jackson Park, Roslyn Ridge, Roslyn Park, Roychester Park, Rubicam Park, Tyson Green, Wanamaker Road Park, Washington Ave Triangle Park and others.
Contribute to greening open space: Please donate to help beautify and green areas of the township. Public green spaces:
- Alverthorpe Park
- Crestmont Park demonstration garden
- Huntingdon Pike and Cedar Road Triangle Garden
- Keswick Avenue Train Underpass garden
- Meadowbrook Bird Sanctuary
- Roslyn Park rain garden
- Roslyn Ridge (across from Roslyn Train station)
Volunteer: You or your organization can volunteer your time to help plant trees, gardens and help maintain them. Community service hours credit is available.
The Abington Township Green Program won an award from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) that recognizes innovative community volunteer projects.
The EAC Rain Barrel Program
Through the EAC Rain Barrel Program 100's of residents have made a difference in their community. The EAC offers rain barrels at an affordable price and can assist with everything from customizing a barrel to installation.
- Cost: View our size, color and pricing guide at the bottom of the order form.
- Order a rain barrel: Rain Barrel Order Form
- Inquire about a custom design!: Email AbingtonEACRainBarrels@gmail.com
- Pictures:For images of rain barrel's that have been completed visit our Facebook
The EAC regularly offers Rain Barrel Workshops for residents interested in learning more, and provides a $10 discount to anyone who attends a workshop!
Upcoming workshop events: Coming soon!
Benefits of Rain Barrels
Rain barrels help reduce flooding by reducing storm run-off from impervious surfaces like roofs. Rain barrels provide free and convenient water for gardening or outdoor use. Rain barrels can be used in conjunction with rain gardens to reduce flooding even more! For more information visit these websites:
Annual Arbor Day Celebrations
The Shade Tree Commission and EAC celebrate Arbor Day each year with a tree planting on the last Saturday in April. The trees are planted in public open spaces that need beautification or greening. The celebration includes planting trees and flowers, a presentation of the Tree City USA* award, and light refreshments. The public is invited to join in the free celebration and learn more about trees. If you are interested in volunteering for Arbor Day, please contact us at email@example.com
Held on the last Saturday in April at Grove Park 1383 Easton Road, Roslyn PA 19001
- Tree planting workshop
- Tree City USA award presentation
- Keep America Beautiful litter cleanup (park and stream)
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Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 of each year. Each spring, the EAC celebrates Earth Day by cleaning-up and beautifying parks and public areas throughout the township. We need your help. Cleanups are a great way to bring your community together and make a difference in your neighborhood. We count how much area we clean and how much litter we pick up, and we report our results to the Great American Cleanup of PA*. In Pennsylvania last year, about 128,000 volunteers picked up over 6 million pounds of trash, and planted over 13,000 trees, plants and flowers. What a difference! The EAC provides snacks, trash bags, gloves, safety vests and tools. Please wear long pants and sleeves, and sturdy shoes. If you can help, please contact the EAC at firstname.lastname@example.org. For details about events, click on the links below:
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Help Abington Go Green!
Please help us make Abington greener and healthier for us all.Everyone is welcome to attend our public meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Abington Township Building, 1076 Old York Rd, Abington PA 19001, in the second floor board room. Our meetings are listed on the Abington Township calendar.
You can make a difference.
Become an associate member of the EAC
You can become part of a local network of concerned and generous people who care about our environment in Abington. Volunteers are always needed to help with EAC events, projects, planning, and on-going maintenance of public green spaces. This volunteer work qualifies as community service for most organizations, and fulfills requirements for service learning and scouting.
For more information, contact us at email@example.com .
Help us green your neighborhood
Need a service project?The EAC offers community service learning project ideas for volunteers, whether for school service learning requirements, Boy Scout, Girl Scout, mitzvah or other projects. We are looking for volunteers to help with these projects:
- Building rain barrels
- Public gardens and green space
- Building raised vegetable beds and row covers
- Tree plantings and maintenance
- Mussel surveys in local streams
- In spring: "Great American Cleanup" (litter cleanups)
- In October: Ocean Conservancy "International Coastal Cleanup" (litter cleanups)
- Hosting tables at public fairs and events (like the Abington Pre-Night Out)
- Creating environmental videos
- Abington Township
- Abington Township Commissioners
- Abington School District,
- Abington Senior High School Service Learning Program,
- Abington Junior High School Green Thumbs Club,
- Abington Friends School,
- Abington Township Shade Tree Commission,
- Abington Township Youth Aid Panel
- Briar Bush Nature Center, Boy Scouts,
- Cheltenham Township and EAC,
- Girl Scouts,
- Friends of Hallowell Park,
- Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful,
- Meadowbrook Bird Sanctuary,
- The Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup,
- Pennsylvania Environmental Council
- Pennsylvania Horticultural Society,
- Pennypack Watershed and PERT,
- Redeemer Valley Community Garden,
- Rydal-Meadowbrook Civic Association,
- St, Basil's Academy,
- Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership,
- Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association,
- Wyncote Audubon Society