|Asbury Woods Nature Center||Maintains and administers programs for its students. They offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities such as festivals and classes, hiking, jogging, fishing, mountain biking, snowshoe and cross country skiing.||Erie||Asbury Woods Nature Center||Asbury Woods Nature Center|
|Briar Bush Nature Center - Educators Resources||Classroom and after school teachers, homeschool educators, day-care providers and more - take advantage of Briar Bush's resources and multiple-visit contracts to enrich and enhance your own lessons and your students' learning!||Montgomery||Briar Bush Nature Center - Montgomery; Abington||Briar Bush Nature Center|
|Churchville Nature Center - K-12 Programs||Provides an outdoor environment for classroom curriculum. Also available for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.||Bucks||Churchville Nature Center - Bucks; Churchville||Churchville Nature Center|
|Friends' Central School - Tenderfoot Day Camp||The Tenderfoot Camp provides recreational activities specifically attuned to the interests of 3- to 6-year-old children. The program focuses on social development, independence, the development of new friendships and the strengthening of self-esteem. As children grow, they are encouraged by the supportive staff to broaden their experiences and see what the world around them has to offer. Emphasis is placed on cooperation rather than competition. Children are placed in coeducational groups by age.
The Tenderfoot Camp offers:
-Cooperative rather than competitive activities,
-Experienced early childhood educators,
-A balance of structured activities and free play opportunities,
-A low staff/child ratio.
The same quality of excellence that marks Friends' Central School as one of the outstanding independent schools in the Philadelphia area also characterizes our summer activities. All of our programs are managed by Friends' Central faculty who are invested in their School community and are committed to providing a happy, enriching, and safe camp experience.
-Music and Drama
-Arts and Crafts
-Sports and Games
-Theme Weeks||Montgomery||Friends' Central School (Lower School Campus) - Montgomery; Wynnewood||Friends' Central School|
|Friends' Central School - Trailblazer Day Camp||The Trailblazer Day Camp is designed to accommodate the special interests of children between the ages of 6 and 12. The camper's day begins with 5 periods of activities with their group. Activities include instructional swimming, archery, art, drama, nature, crafts, sports and games. Campers are grouped according to grade and gender and are supervised by head and assistant counselors. Each group has a Home Base that serves as a gathering place to begin and end each camp day.
Friends' Central's twenty-three acre City Avenue campus provides exceptional facilities for a variety of day camp activities, regardless of the weather. Soccer, baseball, lacrosse and hockey fields are available along with the Shimada Athletic Center -- a modern athletic center housing a basketball court, fitness room, wrestling room, spacious locker rooms and an indoor swimming pool. Campers also take advantage of our new state-of-the-art computer lab and campus art studios. Children choosing drama will study and perform in our theater in Shallcross Hall, and campers interested in science may take advantage of the nature trail in the woodland adjacent to the School's campus.
The same quality of excellence that marks Friends' Central as one of the outstanding independent schools in the Philadelphia area also characterizes our summer activities. All of our programs are managed by Friends' Central faculty who are invested in their school community and are committed to providing a happy, enriching, and safe camp experience.
-Sports (including Archery and Tennis)
-Recreational Swimming||Montgomery||Friends' Central School (5th - 12th Grade) City Ave Campus - Montgomery; Wynnewood||Friends' Central School|
|Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary||A 166 acre preserve owned by the county and provides an arena for outdoor programs. Preserve includes an old field, mature deciduous forest, evergreen stands, and two ponds. Over 2 1/2 miles of maintained and well marked trails are open for public use year-round, 7 days a week.||Monroe||Monroe County Conservation District||Monroe County Conservation District |
|Lancaster County Environmental Center||Lancaster County Central Park is the home of the Lancaster County Environmental Center. Naturalists conduct public programs, classes for organized groups, in-service training for teachers, and environmental education workshops. Programs for groups may be scheduled for anytime.
Program descriptions include:
- General nature hikes and explorations
- Wildlife (Birds, insects, mammals, food chains, plants, reptiles)
- Habitats and crafts
- Environmental issues
- Stream studies
- Maple sugaring
- Canoe trips
In addition, programs can be designed to meet special needs and topics.
||Lancaster||Lancaster County Environmental Center||Lancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation|
|Meesing Outdoor Site||Located in Delaware State Forest north of Marshalls Creek, Meesing is a satellite site of KCEEC and is owned by the PA Bureau of Forestry. KCEEC conducts outdoor school programs at Meesing as well as its annual maple sugaring programs held in February and March.||Monroe||Monroe County Conservation District||Monroe County Conservation District |
|Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania - Summer Adventure Camp||wildwonders
Discover the nature in your neighborhood on Monday. Go on a bug safari, listen for birds in the woods and uncover animal hideaways! Use your senses and imagination to detect where these creatures live and how they survive.
From roots to shoots to seeds and weeds, we will learn all about the tree-mendous plants we can’t live without on Tuesday. Why are they green? How do they grow? Dissect
a flower, make a terrarium and examine tree cookies!
Gear up for an exploration on Thursday! Navigate your way through all ends of the Arboretum. Work as a team to follow clues, complete a scavenger hunt and solve a garden
Do pizza and bubble gum come from a plant? Spend Wednesday learning where our food comes from. Visit Bloomfield Farm, harvest summer vegetables and prepare a picnic.
Bring your rain boots on Friday and get ready for a wet and messy day digging in the dirt and exploring the Arboretum’s streams.||Philadelphia||Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia; Chestnut Hill||Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania|
|Peace Valley Nature Center||Offers a variety of environmental education programs at its 750 acre outdoor classroom. Meandering streams, fields, thickets, woodlands and wetlands offer diverse habitats to enhance student’s on site learning.
Environmental Education Program Guide
Programs for Children
Programs for Adults
Elementary School Programs
Middle and High School Programs||Bucks||Peace Valley Nature Center - Bucks; Doylestown||Peace Valley Nature Center|
|Riverbend Environmental Education Center - Nature Clubs||Exploring nature is a delight when it's a family affair! Our weekly nature clubs offer young students a fun learning experience that will be sure to kindle a life-long love of nature. This program runs throughout the year with each week focusing on a different theme from seasons to tortoises to life underground. Stories, hikes, live animals, crafts, and hands-on lessons will make learning come to life!||Montgomery||Riverbend Environmental Education Center - Montgomery; Gladwyne||Riverbend Environmental Education Center|
|Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education - After School Programs||The Schuylkill Center’s Monkey Tail Gang is an after school club for children in Kindergarten through 5th grades. We offer daily after school care (school dismissal time to 6 pm) that includes nature exploration, outdoor and indoor play, group activities, and snacks.
Children can register for one to five days per week. Billing is monthly. Schuylkill Center members receive a special rate, and multiple children per family also receive a discount. Monthly registration ranges from $55 (one day/week) to $270 (five days/week). The Center currently provides van transportation for students from Shawmont Elementary for an additional $50/month.
A typical afternoon with the Monkey Tail Gang begins with play in the indoor Discovery Center as the children gather and unwind from the school day. Our staff and educators greet the children and take attendance.
When all of the students have gathered, the Monkey Tail Gang has a nutritional snack, and then they begin the day’s adventures. Activities from four to five pm may include a hike to The Center’s ponds, searching for owl pellets amongst the pine trees, doing a scavenger hunt, or creating a seasonal craft. The hikes and crafts are interspersed with games and group activities.
At 5 o’clock the Monkey Tail Gang students are back in the Discovery Center from where parents can pick them up. Children can do homework at this time, or they can continue to play games indoors or head outside until they are picked up. We offer daily after school care (school dismissal time to 6 pm)||Philadelphia||Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education - Philadelphia; Roxborough||Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education|
|Schuylkill Conservation District||Schuylkill Conservation District is dedicated to protect, enhance, restore, and promote the responsible use of the county's natural resources. Services include water quality improvement, involving people to help protect the environment, agricultural land preserve, abandoned mine drainage, and parks and recreation.||Schuylkill||Schuylkill Conservation District||Schuylkill Conservation District|
|Susquehanna Heritage||Susquehanna Heritage works with partners and communities to advance our vision for the Susquehanna Riverlands as a national destination for heritage and outdoor travelers.
We offer multiple sights offering a wide range of experiences - all designed to develop greater awareness and appreciation of our region's waterways.
•Susquehanna Heritage Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
•ZIMMERMAN CENTER for HERITAGE – Public Hours of Operation
Tuesday through Sunday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Closed on major holidays)
•COLUMBIA CROSSING RIVER TRAILS CENTER – Public Hours of Operation
Memorial Day – Labor Day
Tuesday through Friday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
September – May
Tuesday through Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
||York||Susquehanna Heritage||Susquehanna Heritage Corporation|
|Tannersville Bog||1,000 plus acre preserve containing a 150-acre wetland and a relict boreal bog. The Nature Conservancy manages the preserve with the volunteer assistance of a local Stewardship Committee and the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center. The North Wood Trail and the Fern ridge Trail in the upland woods are open to the public for self-guided walks. Because of its fragile nature, the bog can only be visited during regularly scheduled walks conducted by the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center. Please note that pets are not allowed on bog trails.||Monroe||Monroe County Conservation District||Monroe County Conservation District |
|Wissahickon Charter School||Provides experiential-based, authentic performance learning opportunities for students.
||Philadelphia||Wissahickon Charter School Fernhill Campus - Philadelphia; East Falls||Wissahickon Charter School |
|York County Department of Parks and Recreation, Richard M. Nixon Park||Richard M. Nixon Park, located in Springfield Township, features a 14,000-square-foot Nature Center. Nestled on 187 acres of meadow, wetland,woodland and aquatic habitats Nixon Park supports a wide variety of plant and animal life.
•Hiking Trails: There are over six miles of trails. Bikes, horses and pets are not allowed on the trails.
•Nature Center: Full-time Naturalists staff the center and offer guided nature walks and programs to pre-scheduled groups. If you would like to schedule a program for your group visit the education section of the website for more information. The center is ADA accessible. The Nature Center is open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30am – 4 :30pm, and Sunday, 12:00pm-4:30pm. Closed Mondays and most holidays.
•Theme Weekends: Throughout the year different theme weekends occur focusing on different nature topics such as Maple Sugar Weekend, Great Backyard Bird Count Weekend, Reptile Week and more.
Please, view events calendar for upcoming events. Website below.
||York||York County Department of Parks and Recreation||Parks and Recreation, York County Government|