Education Center & Freshwater Mussel Hatchery

With the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE), a new watershed education and restoration complex at Bartram’s Garden will feature an education center and the world’s first production-scale hatchery for freshwater mussels.

  • Two tanks of water: one tank holds freshwater mussels and the water is clear, one tank has no mussels and the water is cloudy.

Led jointly by Bartram’s Garden and PDE, this project supports the construction of a new watershed education and restoration complex on previously developed land at the southern border of Bartram’s Garden. The 8,500-square-foot freshwater mussel hatchery will produce up to half a million mussels each year, to be seeded in local streams, wetlands, and waterways, where each adult mussel can filter up to 20 gallons of water each day. In addition to the hatchery’s extraordinary impact on the health and stewardship of our region’s waterways, the corresponding 6,000-square-foot education facility will provide unparalleled hands-on opportunities for K–12 watershed education, beginning with the 5,000 students who visit Bartram’s Garden each year, and for public education for all visitors.

Supporters
Coastal Zone Management
PENNVEST
Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program
William Penn Foundation

Partner
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary