About the Learning Trail

TTF Watershed Partnership is proud to present the “River Alive! Learning Trail,” located at 1101 E Cayuga St in Philadelphia.

This environmental education experience is based on the River Alive exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum, but on a neighborhood scale along Cayuga Street in the Juniata Park neighborhood.

Located next to Ferko Recreation Center which is adjacent to Tacony Creek Park, the trail includes six stations, each featuring a unique animal sculpture, seating, and English/Spanish bilingual signage for families to learn about the local watershed and nearby Tacony Creek.

The sculptures feature six animals that live in the watershed: fox, fish, turtle, heron, watersnake, and a river otter. Each sculpture includes an interactive water feature (a spout for the water to flow down) and an animal song, written by City Love and accessed via a QR code, intended to show that the animals are our neighbors and part of the diverse urban community.

Learning Trail Partners:

About Habithèque
Habithèque Inc. is a multi-award-winning, WBENC Certified interpretive planning and design studio headquartered in Pennsylvania. This project is funded by the William Penn Foundation and developed by Victoria Prizzia and her team at Habithèque. Read by 4th has advised on the signage to ensure the content is engaging, educational, and relevant for families with young children. For more than fifteen years, Habithèque has connected organizations, firms, and individuals to create dynamic spaces for education, storytelling, and cultural community engagement. Their work is interdisciplinary at its core by linking technology, public art, narrative, and science in the process of crafting immersive, unexpected, and enticing exhibitions and experiences for learning.
About Miguel Horn
Miguel Horn lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. Horn designed the animal sculptures and seating. His public artworks explore the natural world, often integrating the installations into their environment. He maintains his studio at El Cubo, a space he founded in 2019 in the parkside neighborhood of West Philadelphia. He lives in South Philadelphia where he is raising his two children with his wife and community.
About Youth Volunteer Corps of Philadelphia
YVC creates volunteer opportunities to address community needs in Philly and to inspire youth for a lifetime commitment to service. The Learning Trail seating was built by local youth from the Juniata Park community and the YVC. Youth Volunteer Corps of Philadelphia is part of a national nonprofit network called the Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC). YVC offers youth between the ages of 11 and 18 the opportunity to improve their community through volunteering.
About City Love
City Love is a Philly-based social justice music and education group that has spent the last 8 years sharing school assemblies, performances, and workshops to spread love, hope, healing, and dialogue around equity and justice with tens of thousands of students and participants in schools throughout the country.  On June 30th, City Love began releasing their weekly children's show called "The City Love Show" to help these messages reach a broader audience. In addition to their live performances and new children's show, City Love released an acclaimed family/children's album about race, equity, solidarity, and building Beloved Community called World of Love with a music video that has been viewed over 10 million times.  They were Friends in Residence at Haverford College in 2019, 2020 Equity in Action Grant Winners, were commissioned to make an album for Reading Promise, and won the Silver Award in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriter’s Competition for their groundbreaking album.
About Jay Coreano
Jay, a.k.a. “Art God,” is a local artist to Tacony Creek Park and has been a close, passionate partner with TTF. He led the 2019 Community Cans project, in which 60+ community members gathered to paint colorful designs on trash can lids in Juniata Park. Jay is also the Love Our Park Murals artist; these murals consist of painted animal and flower murals on the Tacony Creek Park trail. He brings together community members to enjoy and enhance this shared green space. In collaboration with Habithèque, Coreano has designed and installed two crosswalk murals and water-activated poetry on the pavement. He also led the Learning Trail Community Mosaic Workshops.