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Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

August 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Grab your hiking boots for a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones.

Nature Play Saturdays

September 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Bring your family for a hike and unstructured nature play with representatives from our NaturePHL program. We’ll climb, explore, and learn more about the many health benefits of outdoor activity.

Kids Run Wild

September 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Come out for the first-ever Kids Run Wild race along our trails. This event will feature an age-appropriate races for kids from pre-K to 8th grade, and provide a fun and safe opportunity for kids to get outdoors and run.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

September 8 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Grab your hiking boots for a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones. We’ll gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery.

Day-off Camps: Aquatic Adventure

September 10 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
We’ll take a deep dive into aquatic habitats as we search for tadpoles in wetlands, hike along the stream, and canoe on Wind Dance Pond.

Day-off Camp: Fort Building

September 11 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Engage in a full day of adventure in our Pine Grove. We’ll explore this unique habitat with some awareness games and observation. After learning about shelter materials and structure, we’ll use our engineering skills to build our own forts.

Fall Gallery Opening: Art in the Open

September 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Our fall gallery show features artworks created as part of Art in the Open, a public art program in which selected artists create their work on the Schuylkill Banks for three days in May. Ten artists working in a range of media will present work in our gallery and on our trails. Enjoy artist talks, light refreshments, and a guided walk to the outdoor installations at the reception.

Restoration Volunteer Workday

September 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Help us to improve the health and biodiversity of our forest while getting to know the Center's property, connecting with nature, and making new friends.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

September 15 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Grab your hiking boots for a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones. We’ll gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery.

Member Appreciation Day

September 15 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join us for a very special event thanking you for supporting us. We’ll re-dedicate Founders Grove on its 30th anniversary, unveil the bird blind’s new name, launch our planned giving program (the 1965 Legacy Society), and formally thank members who have sustained their support for 10, 20, and 30+ years.

Day-off Camp: Living Underground

September 19 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
We will investigate under rocks, logs and brush piles while learning about why these unique environments are essential to societies beyond their own. We will take and share photographs of our discoveries while reflecting on our experiences together.

Bird Seed Sale

September 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Save on birdseed, seed mixes, and suet—in quantities from 4 to 50 lb. bags. Members receive 20% off birdseed and non-members receive 10% off birdseed.

Fall Plant Sale

September 22 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Replenish your garden with native trees, shrubs, grasses like curly grass and switchgrass, and fall-blooming wildflowers like goldenrod, asters, and alumroot—all perfect for migrating birds and insects.

Latinx Community Day

September 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Play, explore, and discover the beauty of nature in an outdoor family festival celebrating Latinx culture.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

September 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Grab your hiking boots for a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones. We’ll gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery.

Ribbon-Cutting for the River Trail Gateway

September 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Celebrate the opening of our new connection with the Schuylkill River Trail. The River Trail Gateway reveals an unparalleled and previously hidden view of Smith Run’s forested glen, includes a trailside gathering area, adds a bike rack and new signage, and weaves stone, metal, and landscaping together to create our new entrance on the River Trail.

Wellness Saturdays: Yoga

September 29 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Start off the morning with a gentle walk and beginner yoga on our trails with teacher Kelly Miller.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

September 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Grab your hiking boots for a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones. We’ll gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery.

Nature Play Saturdays

October 6 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Bring your family for a hike and unstructured nature play with representatives from our NaturePHL program. We’ll climb, explore, and learn more about the many health benefits of outdoor activity.

Tall Trees Nature Playdate

October 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Come play, explore, and dream with your child immersed in the Tall Trees Playscape. The wonder of nature provides opportunities for imagination, freedom, and creativity.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

October 13 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Grab your hiking boots for a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones. We’ll gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery.

LandLab: Dance Exchange

October 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Every day until October 14, 2018
Culminating a year of research and artmaking at the Schuylkill Center, Dance Exchange will lead a series of animated hikes on our trails that connect participants to local ecology and reflect on the ways that water shapes our lives.

LandLab: Dance Exchange

October 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until October 14, 2018
Culminating a year of research and artmaking at the Schuylkill Center, Dance Exchange will lead a series of animated hikes on our trails that connect participants to local ecology and reflect on the ways that water shapes our lives.

Restoration Volunteer Workday

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Help us to improve the health and biodiversity of our forest while getting to know the Center’s property, connecting with nature, and making new friends.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

October 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Grab your hiking boots for a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones. We’ll gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery.

Medicinal Plant Workshop

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
In this slow-paced walk, clinical herbalist Kelly McCarthy will highlight the medicinal uses of common weeds and trees, covering basic plant identifications and going in-depth about using these plants as medicine.

Halloween Hikes & Hayrides

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Our annual Halloween festival—a family favorite—includes a signature hike through our candlelit forest to meet friendly nocturnal animals. The animals will delight you with tales and treats in a beautiful evening forest. After your hike, enjoy hayrides, craft activities, and food truck offerings for dinner. End the night with s’mores by the campfire.

Wellness Saturdays: Mindfulness in Nature

October 27 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Mindfulness is our ability to focus on the present moment while acknowledging our feelings and thoughts. Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness can lead to positive effects on our physical and mental well-being.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

October 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Grab your hiking boots for a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones. We’ll gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery.

Halloween Hikes & Hayrides

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Our annual Halloween festival—a family favorite—includes a signature hike through our candlelit forest to meet friendly nocturnal animals. The animals will delight you with tales and treats in a beautiful evening forest. After your hike, enjoy hayrides, craft activities, and food truck offerings for dinner. End the night with s’mores by the campfire.

Nature Play Saturdays

November 3 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Bring your family for a hike and unstructured nature play with representatives from our NaturePHL program. We’ll climb, explore, and learn more about the many health benefits of outdoor activity.

Day-off Camp: Fall Colors

November 6 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Let’s take to the trails and experience the beauty of the forest in autumn. We’ll collect materials from the field to create our own nature journals, using the beautiful fall colors for artistic inspiration.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

November 10 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Grab your hiking boots for a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones. We’ll gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery.

Day-off Camp: Camouflage

November 12 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Learn how to blend into the landscape. We’ll sharpen our observational skills with awareness games in the field. Once our senses have adapted to our surroundings, we’ll use the nature around us to camouflage ourselves and become “unseen.”

Nature Preschool Open House

November 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Take a peek inside our preschool and kindergarten classrooms, meet the teachers, and learn about the curriculum, philosophy, and values that guide this unique program.

Restoration Volunteer Workday

November 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Help us to improve the health and biodiversity of our forest while getting to know the Center’s property, connecting with nature, and making new friends.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

November 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Discover the Schuylkill Center with our free event every Saturday. We’ll gather in our Visitor Center before hitting the trails for a guided exploration.

Day-off Camp: Fun with Fire

November 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Together we’ll learn about fire safety, build our structure, ignite the fire, and enjoy its warmth while working on a project using fire as our tool. The day ends with one of our favorite bonfire sweet treats… banana boats!

Day-off Camp: Knights of Nature

November 23 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Become a protector of the forest, fully equipped with armor and sword. We’ll learn about medieval symbols thought to hold magical powers. Once we have selected our symbol, we’ll design and forge our own cardboard armor and swords. Then it’s off to battle.

Wellness Saturdays: Yoga

November 24 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Start off the morning with a gentle walk and beginner yoga on our trails with teacher Kelly Miller.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

November 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Grab your hiking boots for a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones. We’ll gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery.

Nature Play Saturdays

December 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Bring your family for a hike and unstructured nature play with representatives from our NaturePHL program. We’ll climb, explore, and learn more about the many health benefits of outdoor activity.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

December 8 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Discover the Schuylkill Center with our free event every Saturday. We’ll gather in our Visitor Center before hitting the trails for a guided exploration.

Day-off Camp: Winter Break

December 26 - 28
Spend winter break in the outdoors, exploring our forest, climbing trees and rocks, tracking winter animals, making primitive shelters, even experimenting with snow and ice.

Wellness Saturdays: Mindfulness in Nature

December 29 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Mindfulness is our ability to focus on the present moment while acknowledging our feelings and thoughts. Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness can lead to positive effects on our physical and mental well-being.

Day-off Camp: Nature Ninjas

January 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Travel silently and unseen through the forest while practicing spatial awareness and navigation skills. Solve nature puzzles and team challenges, go on a series of adventures, and figure out which other animals are active outdoors in the winter.

Restoration Volunteer Workday

January 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Help us to improve the health and biodiversity of our forest while getting to know the Center’s property, connecting with nature, and making new friends.

Day-off Camp: Master Trackers

January 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Examining tracks can give us lots of clues about the wildlife in our forest. Master the art of tracking as we search for tracks, identify tracks of different native animals, and learn how to interpret track patterns.

Nature Preschool Open House

January 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Take a peek inside our preschool and kindergarten classrooms, meet the teachers, and learn about the curriculum, philosophy, and values that guide this unique program.

Wellness Saturdays: Shinrin Yoku—Taking in the Forest

January 26, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Come experience the forest in a whole new way. Shinrin Yoku, “forest bathing,” combines natural beauty with guided activities designed to open our senses.

Day-Off Camp: Animal Detectives

February 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Examining tracks can give us lots of clues about the wildlife in our forest. Master the art of tracking as we search for tracks, identify tracks of different native animals, and learn how to interpret track patterns.

Wellness Saturdays: Tai Chi

February 23, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Start your morning off with a beginning class led by Jing Tang of Oriental Fitness Institute. Tai Chi combines slow, focused movements and deep breathing.
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