Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Explore the natural world
Six miles of hiking trails traverse the 340 acres of woods, streams, ponds and fields of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, one of the first environmental education facilities established within the limits of a major metropolitan area in the country.
You’ll find indoor and outdoor activities for all ages, including the Discovery Center; an environmental art gallery; trails leading through forests, over streams, along valleys and across meadows; a native plant nursery; and the gift shop, which carries gifts, books, and high-quality bird seed.
Look for the environmental art installations and innovative land restoration sites along the trails, and be sure to ask about the Wildlife Clinic, which treats over 3,000 injured, orphaned and sick wild animals each year.
Founded in 1965, the Schuylkill Center is dedicated to providing high-quality, cutting-edge, nature-based environmental education with programs for adults, youth and children of all ages. These programs include Nature Preschool at the Schuylkill Center, which offers children ages three to five an innovative program that immerses them in nature every day, summer camps, day-off camps, and an afterschool program to get kids playing and learning in a natural environment.
Programming for adults includes the opportunity to learn about pressing regional environmental issues and observe regional plant and animal communities, with programs like University of Nature, lectures, workshops and evening gatherings. In addition, the Schuylkill Center’s Health and Wellness initiative focuses on the relationship between health and contact with nature, providing programs that encourage better health through time in nature.
Support the Center
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education inspires meaningful connections between people and nature. The center uses forests and fields as a living laboratory to foster appreciation, deepen understanding, and encourage stewardship of the environment. Become a member and show your support.
There’s no admission fee to access the Schuylkill Center’s trails or exhibits. There’s free parking, dogs are not allowed and sturdy shoes are recommended.
Be sure to visit the Center’s online Events Calendar for a full listing of events, and look out for special health and wellness programs, Halloween Hikes in October, the spring toad migration and Naturepalooza! Earth Day Festival in April.
Be sure to check out the Center’s Bloom Calendar before you visit to preview the amazing flora you’ll see on the trails.
A portion of the 1998 movie “Beloved”, starring Oprah Winfrey, was filmed on location at the center near Wind Dance Pond.
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