Reading in Berks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Reading Public Museum Wetland
History of the Reading Public Museum Wetland
On April 15, 1996, over 50 elementary students representing five school districts from Berks County participated in the creation of a westland on the grounds of the Reading Public Museum. This Earth Day project provided students with a hands on lesson about wetlands and a permanent westland was established.
What is a Wetland
Wetlands are areas of land that are covered by water during part or all of the year and are characterized by the types of plants that thrive in wet environments. Typical wetland plant species include cattails, rushes, water lilies, pickerelweed, and others. The most common types of fresh water wetlands include bogs, marshes and swamps. These special ecosystems are transitional areas between dry land and a water environment.
Benefits of a Wetland
Wetlands help reduce flooding, can prevent stream bank erosion, act as natural filters to clean up water from runoff, help replenish groundwater, and provide homes to many types of animals such as bullfrogs, painted turtles, muskrats, herons and ducks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 40° 19.668′ N, 75° 57.222′ W. Marker is in Reading, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Marker can be reached from Parkside Drive North 0.2 miles west of Museum Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1201 Parkside Dr N, Reading PA 19611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Arboretum at the Reading Public Museum (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Who Lived Here Thousands of Years Ago? (about 400 feet away); Breast Cancer Support Services (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wyomissing Creek Restoration Project (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Old West Reading Hotel (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute (approx. 0.6 miles away); 1932 (approx. 0.6 miles away); 1924 (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reading.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 23 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.