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Our Southwest Philadelphia Neighborhood

Bartram’s Garden is located in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia. We are proud to be Southwest Philly’s backyard and to support the best of Southwest through partnerships with local creators, educators, entrepreneurs, and leaders.

Learn more about the Southwest Neighbor Discount, Southwest Community Leadership Circle, and The Yes Fund below.

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Southwest Neighbor Discount

The majority of Bartram’s Garden programming is free and open to all.

For most programs, events, or tours with a ticket price, $2 tickets are available for our Southwest Philadelphia neighbors as well as all ACCESS card holders. To learn more about the Southwest Neighbor Discount, click here or contact Zach Webber, Arts & Culture Programs Manager/Facilities Manager, at zwebber@bartramsgarden.org or 215-729-5281 x112.

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Southwest Community Leadership Circle

Bartram’s Garden works closely with the Southwest Community Leadership Circle, a team of 20 local leaders who meet monthly at the Garden or virtually to discuss neighborhood priorities and to advise the Garden and institutional partners on future programming and neighborhood investments. The Leadership Circle was founded in 2018 with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the William Penn Foundation.

In 2018 and 2019, the Leadership Circle led a facilitated visioning process in partnership with Woodland Academy and with architects DIGSAU to plan for future investments along the Bartram’s Garden riverfront with input from more than 300 community members.

In 2020, the Leadership Circle identified the following additional focus areas:

  • workforce development and jobs training
  • environmental justice and neighborhood tree-planting
  • environmental education and community science

To learn more about getting involved with the Leadership Circle, please contact Sophia Poe, Community Partnerships Manager at Bartram’s Garden, at spoe@bartramsgarden.org or 267-593-5916.

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The Yes Fund

Our Southwest neighbors are committed to creating opportunities for local education, recreation, creativity, neighborhood greening, and fun. The Yes Fund is a simple micro-grant program for local residents, designed to say YES! to community leadership.

Recent Yes Fund projects include:

  • The Southwest Wellness 5K Walk/Run along the Bartram’s Mile Trail, in memory of local educator Donna Comrie. Proceeds from the Walk/Run support the Donna Comrie Foundation’s scholarship fund for young woman who are graduating high school and heading to college. The Walk/Run is a semi-annual event. Click here for a reflection from organizer Nakia Fields on the Fall 2019 event.
  • Woodland Academy Home & School Activity Kits, supporting 18 local families. Kits are designed to help young children and their families practice sensory and gross motor skills, encourage literacy and math skills, and learn about science at home.
  • Born Leader Family Senior Luncheons, feeding 60–100 elders through a safe outdoor lunch program in a local community green space. Born Leader Family uses sports and community initiatives to keep youth engaged.
  • Support for Southwest Youth Completing Online Schoolwork, led by the NoMo Foundation. The NoMo Foundation supported 30 local students with internet access and Chromebooks, along with weekly virtual meetings to discuss goal-setting and entrepreneurship.
  • Free Community Protective Supplies Pick-Up, distributing cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, gloves, hand sanitizer, and more through a free pick-up outside Rhythm and Brunch restaurant on Elmwood Avenue. The goal was to support locals in minimizing household germs during the COVID19 pandemic.
  • Virtual Afterschool Activities with the ECO Foundation and Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School. The ECO Foundation supported 25 RAPCS students aged 13–15 with virtual afterschool programming focused on Movement & Mindfulness and Advocacy & Creative Expression. This project also connected with the NoMo Foundation’s work to support a participating student who needed internet access.
  • Youth Mentoring Keepsake for the Kings Mentoring Program at Mortin Elementary School, a weekly brotherhood circle for roughly 40 young students focused on mental health, overcoming adversity, respect, and leadership. The Mortin Mentees continued meeting virtually during Spring 2020 and received a special “Kings Mentor Shirt” to mark their completion of the program.

If you are interested in receiving a Yes Fund grant to support a Southwest Philadelphia project focused on creative expression, connection to nature, community well-being, or youth engagement, please contact Sophia Poe, Community Partnerships Manager at Bartram’s Garden, at spoe@bartramsgarden.org or 267-593-5916.