Now Available: Video of Main Line IPL Chapter’s March 28th Program!

Native Plant/Plant Native Program with Courtenay Willcox

For our March 28th program, Courtenay Willcox explains the roll out of the Native Plant/Plant Native program on the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church campus and in the surrounding community. Tagging native plants on the BMPC campus and using the Homegrown National Park (HNP) model, BMPC’s Environmental Justice Committee is promoting the idea that planting native plants is something everyone can do right now at home and on faith community campuses. This grassroots call-to-action can have a significant impact on regenerating bio-diversity. Courtenay will explain the importance of native plants and the insects that love them, as well as sharing Homegrown National Park’s resources, including native plant lists, registering your native species acreage on a national map, and getting your congregations on board for this important initiative.

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Courtenay Willcox is Moderator of the Environmental Justice Committee at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church and one of the conveners for Main Line PA IPL. She has been advocating for creation care for more than 30 years, most recently earned a Master of Divinity with a certificate in Ecology and Theology. She enjoys preaching on creation care and drawing strong connections between loving neighbor and caring for our natural world.

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Email us or sign up here if you would like to join Main Line IPL!

Main Line IPL Monthly Chapter Meeting – March 2022

The Main Line chapter of PA IPL meets each month on fourth Monday evenings, 7:00-8:45 via Zoom.  We email a link to people on the Tuesday prior — often with a bit of special program description.  We hope you will join us!

To make sure you get the links, reach out to conveners Courtenay Willcox and Chuck Marshall by emailing them at mainline@paipl.org — and be sure to add mainline@paipl.org to your contacts!

Native Plant/Plant Native Program

For our March 28th program, Courtenay Willcox will explain the roll out of the Native Plant/Plant Native program on the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church campus and in the surrounding community. Tagging native plants on the BMPC campus and using the Homegrown National Park (HNP) model, BMPC’s Environmental Justice Committee is promoting the idea that planting native plants is something everyone can do right now at home and on faith community campuses. This grassroots call-to-action can have a significant impact on regenerating bio-diversity. Courtenay will explain the importance of native plants and the insects that love them, as well as sharing Homegrown National Park’s resources, including native plant lists, registering your native species acreage on a national map, and getting your congregations on board for this important initiative.

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Courtenay Willcox is Moderator of the Environmental Justice Committee at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church and one of the conveners for Main Line PA IPL. She has been advocating for creation care for more than 30 years, most recently earned a Master of Divinity with a certificate in Ecology and Theology. She enjoys preaching on creation care and drawing strong connections between loving neighbor and caring for our natural world.

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Email us or sign up here if you would like to join Main Line IPL!

The Main Line Chapter of PA IPL meets from 7:00-8:45pm via Zoom. The Main Line Chapter of PA IPL meeting takes place from 7:00-7:30pm. The program will begin promptly at 7:30pm for anyone interested in attending.

Those who wish to join the program with Courtenay Willcox about the Native Plant/Plant Native Program please enter the room at 7:30pm.

Main Line Members use the same link to access the Main Line IPL Chapter meeting at 7:00pm as well as for David’s program at 7:30pm.

Main Line IPL Monthly Chapter Meeting – October 2021

Gardeners, Go Native!

For our October 25th program Leslie Bass, a Penn State Montgomery County Master Gardener Volunteer, will offer tips and advice to gardeners.

Now is a terrific time to plant your native perennials! Leslie will speak about why native plants are so important to the environment, and offer practical advice on purchasing native plants, as well as what to look for. There will be time for Q and A.

The Main Line chapter of PA IPL meets each month on fourth Monday evenings, 7:00-8:45 via Zoom.  We email a link to people on the Tuesday prior — often with a bit of special program description.  We hope you will join us!

To make sure you get the links, reach out to conveners Courtenay Willcox and Chuck Marshall by emailing them at mainline@paipl.org — and be sure to add mainline@paipl.org to your contacts!

Gardeners, Go Native!

Main Line IPL Monthly Chapter Meeting – October 2021

October 25, 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM

For our October 25th program Leslie Bass, a Penn State Montgomery County Master Gardener Volunteer, will offer tips and advice to gardeners.

Now is a terrific time to plant your native perennials! Leslie will speak about why native plants are so important to the environment, and offer practical advice on purchasing native plants, as well as what to look for. There will be time for Q and A.

The Main Line chapter of PA IPL meets each month on fourth Monday evenings, 7:00-8:45 via Zoom.  We email a link to people on the Tuesday prior — often with a bit of special program description.  We hope you will join us!

To make sure you get the links, reach out to conveners Courtenay Willcox and Chuck Marshall by emailing them at mainline@paipl.org — and be sure to add mainline@paipl.org to your contacts!

Habitat Restoration – June 2021

MEET:
Walnut Springs Park: On Walnut Spring Lane at the Walnut Spring Park sign one block East of University Dr., just before the road ascends a hill.  From there we’ll walk just a bit down the trail towards the marsh.
Alfarata Trailhead: To get to the Alfarata Station trailhead from HWY 22, turn north on Main Street towards Alexandria. Main St. is between (Hwy 453) Water St. and the bridge on Hwy 22 east of Water Street. Trailhead parking lot is 2/10ths of a mile on the right. If you don’t see us, give my cell a call or a text at 215-242-0854.
Bells Gap Trail: Take Bellwood Exit 41 off of I-99.  Follow PA-865 for 2.7 miles to Igou Road which will be on your right.  Go 1/10 mile on Igou Road.  Turn left into Bells Gap trailhead parking lot.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Good footwear, long pants, and long sleeves recommended. Bring your own mask, gloves, clippers, and shovels. We will be social distancing and wearing masks. Call to confirm.

THE PROJECT: Between 2016 and 2020, we’ve planted 1800 native trees and shrubs on the Trail to create better habitat for insects, wildlife, and humans!  At this site, this year, we’ve planted dozens more trees but have room for at least 20 more wetland species on the flood plain.

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience.  Greg also leads work parties at Walnut Springs Park in State College and at Detwiler Park in Huntingdon.  Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him.

RSVP: to Greg at 215.242.0854 or by email.

Lots of climate work can be pretty conceptual and long-developing. In these work parties, by contrast, we will do physical work that actually improves resilience in the face of climate change.

These work parties are part of the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, (paipl.us). We also pray, educate, advocate, weatherize, and bring a moral and religious perspective to climate change through the work of over 50 congregation communities and other individuals.

Habitat Restoration-May 2021

MEET:
Walnut Springs Park: On Walnut Spring Lane at the Walnut Spring Park sign one block East of University Dr., just before the road ascends a hill.  From there we’ll walk just a bit down the trail towards the marsh.
Alfarata Trailhead: To get to the Alfarata Station trailhead from HWY 22, turn north on Main Street towards Alexandria. Main St. is between (Hwy 453) Water St. and the bridge on Hwy 22 east of Water Street. Trailhead parking lot is 2/10ths of a mile on the right. If you don’t see us, give my cell a call or a text at 215-242-0854.
Mt. Etna Trailhead: at Mt. Etna station on the Lower Trail. Bike there on the Lower Trail. By car, turn off HWY 22 at Polecat Hollow Rd. and head east to Fox Run Rd and turn left. Look for Mt. Etna parking lot on your right.
Bells Gap Trail: Take Bellwood Exit 41 off of I-99.  Follow PA-865 for 2.7 miles to Igou Road which will be on your right.  Go 1/10 mile on Igou Road.  Turn left into Bells Gap trailhead parking lot.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Good footwear, long pants, and long sleeves recommended. Bring your own mask, gloves, clippers, and shovels. We will be social distancing and wearing masks. Call to confirm.

THE PROJECT: Between 2016 and 2020, we’ve planted 1800 native trees and shrubs on the Trail to create better habitat for insects, wildlife, and humans!  At this site, this year, we’ve planted dozens more trees but have room for at least 20 more wetland species on the flood plain.

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience.  Greg also leads work parties at Walnut Springs Park in State College and at Detwiler Park in Huntingdon.  Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him.

RSVP: to Greg at 215.242.0854 or by email.

Lots of climate work can be pretty conceptual and long-developing. In these work parties, by contrast, we will do physical work that actually improves resilience in the face of climate change.

These work parties are part of the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, (paipl.us). We also pray, educate, advocate, weatherize, and bring a moral and religious perspective to climate change through the work of over 50 congregation communities and other individuals.

Check out this video of the last batch of privet and what needs to be removed and what either side looks like with a view into the forest beyond and our newly planted tubes in the foreground. This video shows the midway goal of Sunday’s PA IPL bike ride for our team- we start at Williamsburg, hopefully at noon, (if it’s not raining), and head for Mt. Etna and then cycle back to Williamsburg.