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Asbury Woods Kicks Off Year of Water

Posted on January 4th, 2023 at 9:30 AM
Asbury Woods Kicks Off Year of Water

Yearlong focus on this vital natural resource 

Erie, PA (January 4, 2023) Asbury Woods is thrilled to announce a new initiative to help achieve our vision that Northwestern Pennsylvania is a region where protection of and appreciation for natural places is a deeply held personal and community value.  As a way to delve deeper into important environmental and conservation topics, Asbury Woods will begin year-long themes that explore subjects in a robust and multi-disciplinary way.

Kicking off this new approach to programming in 2023 will be The Year of Water.  Water is the world’s most vital natural resource and our region’s connection to Lake Erie makes water conservation a matter of local, regional, national, and global significance. Lake Erie and its watershed are inescapable parts of the fabric of our community. For these reasons, and with Walnut Creek, a major tributary of Lake Erie, passing through Asbury Woods property, water was a natural choice to kick off the yearly themes.

Executive Director, Jenifer Farrar, noted, “Our goal is to provide programs, forums, materials, and experiences which engage people of all ages in a conversation about the importance of water.  Water is such a key part of life in our region and seemingly so abundant that it is easy to take this incredible freshwater resource for granted.  We hope during The Year of Water that individuals and the community as a whole will think about actions, they can take to protect water resources.” 

Additionally, Asbury Woods will be featuring a new water-related exhibit in the Nature Center, starting in early January, Trout in the Classroom.  This national program will help demonstrate the everyday relevance of healthy watersheds and engage students and the community in active stewardship of a local species dependent upon healthy water ecosystems.

Later in the year Asbury Woods will be unveiling a major collaboration with renowned artist and Erie native, Kevin-John Jobczynski.  As his fine arts career has led him to work with brands such as Disney, Lucas Films, ESPN, the NFL and others, he remains inspired by his memories of visits to Asbury Woods as a student at Asbury Elementary School.  Kevin-John will be working on an original piece of art that captures the spirit of The Year of Water at Asbury Woods. 

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For a brief video introduction to The Year of Water, visit: