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Pennypack Environmental Center

An environmental education center and a dedicated bird sanctuary since 1958


Follow in the footsteps of John James Audubon and Alexander Wilson, fathers of American ornithology, when you watch for birds along Pennypack Creek.

Check out the storytelling and outdoor classes held in the outdoor ampitheater, or just browse through the new reference library. Bring a picnic and delight in the beautiful natural setting.

The Pennypack Environmental Center, one of two nature centers administered by the Fairmount Park Commission, was originally dedicated as a bird sanctuary in 1958.

If you look at the Center’s woodlands, you will see that the trees are all relatively young. Past agricultural use of the land has strongly influenced the makeup of our current woodlands. Continued disturbance of the soil eliminated much of the seed source for native, meadows and woods. This disturbance has allowed invasive, non-native vegetation to thrive as this old farmland reverts to forest.

Come Prepared

Biking and trail permits are required, and don’t forget a good set of binoculars.

Don’t Miss

Join the family and storytelling campfire on summer evenings. Come fall, there’s the Astronomy Campfire, the Halloween Campfire and Party, and the Annual Fall Festival and Flea Market.

Outsider’s Tip

Staff from the Pennypack Environmental Center present public programming at nearby Fox Chase Farm, a city-owned, 112-acre working livestock farm.

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