Schuylkill Center response to COVID-19 coronavirus situation

Photo Credit: Jerome Eno

Photo Credit: Jerome Eno

While the Visitor Center remains closed, awaiting that time when Philadelphia becomes green in state and city plans, the gates to our main parking lot are now open Monday-Friday, 9-5. Visitors may now drive into our main parking lot, and while you can walk our trails, we have no restroom facilities available for you. (Our main driveway remains closed on the weekends, and visitors can then park on the Hagy’s Mill Road parking lot and walk into our trails.) 

All on-site public programming is suspended until further notice, with the exception of Camp Schuylkill, which runs June 29 through August 21. To learn more about summer camp, as there still are spaces available, please click here.

We have several online opportunities for you to learn more about nature and the environment from our staff:

  • Thursday Night Live (adults): free weekly events/programs presented by Schuylkill Center staff with special guests. Topics of past events have included native plants, nature trivia and urban wildlife.
  • Virtual Schuylkill Saturdays (families): Saturday mornings at 10:30, families can join us on FaceBook Live and dive into a different topic followed by a nature exploration activity you can continue at home.
  • Ask-A-Naturalist (all ages): Mondays at 5:00, our environmental educator answers questions posed by you on Facebook Live. Past subjects have included poison ivy, spotted lanternflies and weird weather.

The Wildlife Clinic is currently accepting a limited number of new patients. If you have found a wild animal in distress, please call the Clinic’s 24-Hour Wildlife Hotline at 215-482-7300 option 2. If you have found an animal you believe to be orphaned, call the Wildlife Hotline before attempting to contain the animal, and we can help you determine what action to take. To help our staff maintain safety precautions and social distancing, please do not bring an animal to the clinic without speaking with a staff member.

Our trails are open dawn to dusk, every day. Enjoying sunshine and fresh air will help get us through this unusual time, as nature alleviates stress and anxiety. Please practice appropriate physical distancing while on the trails and give those around you at least 6 feet of space—one full stretched turkey vulture, to be exact! As per the governor’s and CDC’s recommendations, please wear a mask when walking our trails.

We ask you to keep the nearby roads safe by parking appropriately in designated lots and take all of your trash and belongings with you when you leave. Please also keep your pets at home.

Thank you again for enjoying the Schuylkill Center.

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